X1 league will help change India's motorsport profile:Ebrahim Chennai,Oct 29 (PTI) The franchise-b

X1 league will help change India's motorsport profile:Ebrahim Chennai,Oct 29 (PTI) The franchise-based X1 Racing Leaguewill help change the profile of motorsport in India, X1 Racingco-founder Armaan Ebrahim, a former F2 driver, has said.

The X1 Racing league, founded by Ebrahim andinternational racer Aditya Patel, is scheduled to commence onNovember 30 and will feature former F1 racers VitantonioLuizzi and Alex Yoong, among others.

'X1 is not only about racing, it has more to it,'Ebrahim told PTI.

Apart from the racing, X1 would have eSports, adigital simulator-based racing competition, the Chennai leg ofwhich saw enthusiastic participation and speed summit, anexperience to select people from the corporate world, he said.

Ebrahim, son of former racer Akbar Ebrahim, said theaim was to make motorsport accessible to all.

'We are excited to partner with extremely passionateteam owners who have a long-term vision to develop and buildmotorsports in India.... X1 will help change the profile ofmotorsport in India,' he added.

X1 league will feature six teams and internationaldrivers including female racers.

The league will follow the 'eSports' competition andthe inaugural leg will be staged in Greater Noida fromNovember 30 to December 1 before it moves to the Madras MotorRace Trust track at nearby Sriperumbudur on December 7 and 8.

The Chennai team is to be owned by India's first F1driver Narain Karthikeyan, Armaan Ebrahim said.

Ebrahim said the aim was to spread wings and groworganically and plans include street circuits and more venues.

'We are excited.The aim is to spread wings next year.

We aim to grow organically. More venues including streetcircuits are part of our expansion plans,' he added.

Aditya Patel said the league would provide anopportunity to local drivers to upgrade themselves as theywould get to rub shoulders with those with experience at thehighest level.

In the finals of the Chennai edition of X1 RacingeSports season 1 held recently, Abhishek Dwaraknath, HariKrupanand and Vinesh Chand Gopalaswami emerged winners.

They will represent the city in the grand finale tobe held in November.

Around 5,000 motorsports enthusiasts from the cityparticipated in the event.

Aditya Patel said 'Motorsports is expensive andrequires a lot of infrastructure. Many dont take up the sportbecause of this reason.

Initiatives such as these have a wider reach and willhelp tap talent across cities in India,' he said. PTI SSBN BN