- Close to 480 aspirants register for Rider Selection | 100 make it to the final process | 25 fastest racers shortlisted to compete in Season 2
- Anish Shetty returns to defend his title along with close rivals Allwin Xavier and AnfalAkdhar in a 10 + 15 – ‘Pro-Am series’ format
Delhi, September 16, 2022 ( Odisha Samachar): Royal Enfield is all set for an adrenaline filled race weekend with the highly anticipated season 2 of the JK Tyre presents Royal Enfield Continental GT Cup 2022. In line with its ‘Pure Sport’ philosophy, Royal Enfield Continental GT Cup is a unique racing format in India aimed at building accessible entry into track-racing for new entrants as well as experienced racers. A final grid of 25 racers qualified for the races, including 10 professional and 15 amateurs under this year’s ‘Pro-Am Series’ format, with Anish Shetty ready to defend his Championship title from the previous season. The rider selection this year indicates a close competition between the shortlisted racers, and will witness some nail-biting racing action in the first round of the season onSeptember 15-18, 2022.
While the first season saw an overwhelming response from racing enthusiasts across the country, the second season of the Royal Enfield Continental GT Cup promises to be even more exciting. From an application list of close to 500 aspirants, 100 racers were shortlisted and invited to Coimbatore for the selection on August 12, 2022. After a gruelling selection process, 25 fastest racers were shortlisted from the 100 for the final grid. Under the ‘Pro-Am Series’ format this year, 10 professional and 15 amatuer racers will compete over three rounds (10 races) of the Royal Enfield Continental GT Cup 2022, part of the JK Tyre FMSCI National Racing Championship (JK-NRC) and the championship winners will take home the prestigious Royal Enfield Continental GT Cup.
This all-new season witnessed participation from racers across the country exuding their passion for motorcycling and a testament to the growing popularity of motorsports in India. With over 70 percent of shortlisted candidates hailing from Southern India, the final selection round saw highest participation from Tamil Nadu.
Season 1 champion Anish Shetty is back with his closest competition from last year, Allwin Xavier, and they will be accompanied by 21-year-old AnfalAkdhar, the youngest racer among the lot, competing under ‘Professional’ category. Another interesting contender is NareshShobhaKaname, from Latur, Maharashtra, a farmer and mechanical engineer by profession, is also a passionate racer, who will be showcasing his racing skills on track. He will be competing against another 21-year old BBA aspirant – Reddy Manvinth, amongst other racers, proving that passion for motorsport goes beyond one’s age or background.
The 25 racers will be competing on the Continental GT-R650, which has been enhanced by Harris Performance this year. With bespoke clip-on aluminium handlebars and rear set footpegs tailor-made for the race-ready motorcycle, the Continental GT-R650 offers a Pure Racing experience. The Continental GT-R650 also sports enhanced soft compound race tyres by JK Tyre to enable the racers to have better control of the motorcycle on the race track. With minimalistic, yet purpose-built performance enhancements which offer an un-intimidating, agile and spirited performance on track.
|Continental GT Cup Race – Round 1 @ Kari Motor Speedway, Coimbatore||September 15||September 18|
|Continental GT Cup Race – Round 2 @ Kari Motor Speedway, Coimbatore||October 28||October 30|
|Continental GT Cup Race – Round 3 @ Kari Motor Speedway, Coimbatore||December 16||December 18|
For more updates on the Royal Enfield Continental GT Cup 2022 , please visit: www.royalenfield.com/gtcup
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About Royal Enfield
The oldest motorcycle brand in continuous production, Royal Enfield has created beautifully crafted motorcycles since 1901. From its British roots, a manufacturing plant was established in Madras in 1955, a foothold from which Royal Enfield spearheaded the growth of India’s mid-sized two-wheeler segment. Royal Enfields are engaging, uncomplicated, accessible, and fun to ride; a vehicle for exploration and self-expression. It’s an approach the brand calls Pure Motorcycling.
Royal Enfield’s premium line-up includes the recently launched, stylish new Hunter 350, the timeless Classic 350, the Meteor 350 cruiser, the 650 parallel twin motorcycles – Interceptor and Continental GT, the adventure motorcycles – Himalayan adventure tourer and the Scram 411 ADV Crossover, and the iconic Bullet 350. Riders and a passionate community are fostered with a rich profusion of events at a local, regional and international level. Most notable are Rider Mania, an annual gathering of thousands of Royal Enfield enthusiasts in Goa, and Himalayan Odyssey, a yearly pilgrimage over some of the toughest terrain and highest mountain passes.
A division of Eicher Motors Limited, Royal Enfield operates through more than 2100 stores across all major cities and towns in India and through nearly 850 stores in more than 60 countries around the globe. Royal Enfield also has two world-class technical centres, in Bruntingthorpe, UK, and in Chennai, India. The company’s two state-of-the-art production facilities are located at Oragadam and VallamVadagal, near Chennai. Across the world, Royal Enfield has three modern CKD assembly facilities in Thailand, Argentina and Colombia. With more than 37% CAGR for the last 5 years and sales in international markets up 108% in 2021-22, Royal Enfield is the leader in the global mid-size motorcycle market.