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Coimbatore To Get Its Second Motorsport Racetrack!

In terms of motorsports, Coimbatore needs no introduction. In fact, it is home to the famous Kari Motor Speedway. Now, the city is all set to get its second racetrack. In partnership with the racing franchise Mumbai Falcons, Coimbatore Auto Sports and Transport Trust will build this new track. The CoASTT high-performance centre is aiming for an FIA Grade 2 certified track. The center will be located around 30 minutes from the international airport in Coimbatore.

CoASTT High-Performance Centre: In detail

Currently, there are few details about the track since it is still in the early stages of development. However, it is reported that the organisers are targeting an FIA 2 certification which will allow F2 cars to be accommodated on the track. However, it will not meet the requirements to be an F1 track. The track is the brainchild of India’s first F1 driver, Narain Karthikeyan and Arjun Balu who is a multiple-time Indian National Touring Car Champion. 

The track follows an anti-clockwise layout. In terms of other details, the track will be just under 4 km long and it will feature 14 turns. The venue will also feature a CIK Grade 1 karting track which will be capable of hosting world championship events. During the first phase of the project, these two tracks will be the focus. The next phases will add more features and variations to the track.

The CoASTT High-Performance Centre could also push the recently announced Formula Regional Indian Championship. Support will also be provided for other supporting events, such as the Indian F4 championship and the Indian Racing League. By March next year, the track will be ready thanks to the efforts of the organisers. 

Mumbai Falcons have collaborated with Narain Karthikeyan’s NK Racing Academy to build another CIK Grade 1 karting track in Pune to host world championship events. The track is being built by a firm called Apex Circuit design. Apex circuit design is known to build many tracks such as the upcoming Miami F1 street track and Dubai Kartdrom. The CoASTT High-Performance Centre will join the list of other upcoming tracks in India such as the Marque One racetrack in Andhra Pradesh, Pista Motor Speedwaycoming up near Hyderabad and the Nanoli Speedway near Pune.

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