Revealed On Sep 10, 2021 09:00:00 AM
We get a style of the artwork of racing, in a bid to qualify for the TVS Younger Media Racer Programme.
Motor racing is one thing I’ve been in awe of, ever since I used to be little. To me, it represents man and machine working in concord to extract the utmost efficiency out of each, in pursuit of glory. Additionally it is one of many large the explanation why I made a decision to turn into a motoring journalist, to expertise the world of motorsports from as shut as attainable.
And there gained’t be a better strategy to expertise that than collaborating within the TVS Younger Media Racer Programme (YMRP), for which I used to be drafted in to signify Autocar India. The TVS YMRP, now in its fifth iteration, lets individuals from varied print and on-line media homes have a correct go at racing from the saddle of a race bike. Thoughts you, this was simply the coaching and qualifier spherical. Solely the High 12 riders out of the 15 collaborating could be chosen to participate in three race weekends, which might happen over the subsequent couple of months. So, the strain was on even earlier than I touched down in Chennai.
It’s necessary to grasp the principles and laws earlier than venturing out on observe.
We arrived on the Madras Motor Race Observe (MMRT), which is simply outdoors of Chennai, good and early in anticipation of the lengthy day forward. Our trainers for the programme have been TVS Racing’s Harry Sylvester, Jagan Kumar and KY Ahmad. Harry guided us by means of the idea periods, which concerned understanding the flags and the principles of the racetrack. He additionally identified the perfect gears we ought to be in for each nook, how we must always transfer our physique whereas on the bike and learn how to strategy braking.
Studying learn how to nail the right race begin, forward of the upcoming races.
Following the idea periods, we bought acquainted with the equipment we’d be utilizing. They have been race-prepped TVS Apache RTR 200 4Vs with customized free-flow exhausts, tweaked suspension and new tyres, together with contemporary engine internals after the earlier season of racing. These bikes appeared so darn cool, with the racing quantity an all, and sounded even higher. I used to be simply raring to have a go on them and really feel like Valentino Rossi, flying across the racetrack with my knees and elbows scraping the bottom. Or not less than that’s the picture I had in my head. However all these desires have been squashed as quickly as I hit the observe for our first sensible coaching session.
As if visiting MMRT for the primary time, in addition to using a motorcycle on the observe for the primary time, wasn’t sufficient, the observe was nonetheless damp in locations because of the heavy rainfall that occurred the night time earlier than. This solely elevated the problem and my nervousness. The rain additionally meant that we’d be utilizing the shorter membership circuit, as a substitute of the complete structure, because the latter a part of the observe nonetheless had puddles on it.
Nonetheless, I attempted my greatest to navigate round these damp spots and observe our instructors, Jagan Kumar and KY Ahmad, who have been main on track-prepped TVS RR 310s. We shadowed the professionals for a few laps, who instructed us on the perfect racing traces, turn-in factors and braking factors across the lap. And because the laps tumbled and the observe dried out, I began to get snug with each, the bike and the racetrack. We have been then additionally briefed on race begins, after which the coaching a part of the programme concluded. Following this, we have been allowed 15 minutes of free apply to learn to put a quick lap collectively utilizing all of the strategies we’d learnt.
It took fairly a number of laps earlier than I used to be in a position to lean this a lot. Now to work on the physique place.
I went into the timed qualy session with the only real objective of qualifying for the subsequent spherical, however I’d be mendacity if I didn’t say that I wished to be as excessive up on the grid as attainable. And with my confidence rising with each lap, I did. I began pushing the boundaries a bit additional, attempting to brake later and carry extra pace by means of the corners than earlier than. By the tip of the session, I used to be moderately happy with my efficiency.
With the coaching programme full, I’m now licensed able to race!
To my shock, the outcomes have been introduced and I used to be declared to be first, with a lap time of 1:22:688. Certain, I had the burden benefit over my fellow opponents, however I’d wish to assume a serious motive for this outcome have been the issues I learnt in the course of the principle and sensible coaching of this programme. I left MMRT with a way of accomplishment and feeling like I turned a greater rider than I used to be. Plus, it doesn’t damage to have the bragging rights over your friends, even when it’s momentary. Now, I simply can’t wait to be again in Chennai to participate in my first-ever race weekend. Thrilling occasions forward!