XSPORT team heads up new India based i1 SuperSeries

i1 Super Series

5th Aug 2011 – At a press conference in Mumbai the new FIA i1 SuperSeries was announced.

XSPORT has been selected to head up the Sporting and Technical aspects of the championship by Machdar Motorsports, tasked to deliver the new i1Super Series based out of India. Leading the operations team to enable smooth delivery of the inaugural seasons events, is Lex Akehurst, Managing Director of XSport who will team up with Robin Webb, as Championship Co-ordinator.

After the resounding success of the IPL and Formula One Grand Prix, India is gearing up for the next biggest sporting extravaganza, the i1 Supercar Series. The i1 Supercar Series is the newly launched city based motorsport racing league featuring top international and Indian drivers. The drivers will be competing for a $2 million USD prize. The i1 Supercar Series, promoted by Indian-based Machdar Motorsports, has announced cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar as the brand ambassador for the series. The series will also include celebrity team owners with Bollywood badshah Shah Rukh Khan and Tollywood superstar Nagarjuna already being confirmed as the Mumbai and Hyderabad owners.

With motorsport at an all-time high in the country after the inaugural F1 Grand Prix, the i1 Supercar Series comes at the perfect time to further promote the sport in the country. Half the drivers for the i1 Supercar Series will be young Indians who can use this opportunity to make a name for themselves. The teams for the series will represent various cities in India and will take place in 5 countries with the calendar to be confirmed soon.

“We are confident that the i1 Supercar Series will symbolize the pinnacle of motorsports in India and will play a major role in developing motorsports in the country. The series will also be an ideal platform to nurture the young driver talent available in the country. Motorsports in the country is on a high and we are keen to help take the sport to the next level in the country. Our concept is unique and the first of its kind in the world of motorsport. We are nearing the start of the season and are very excited, as I am sure, are the people associated with it. ”, said Darshan M, CEO, i1 Super Series.

The i1 Supercar Series will kick off its maiden season with 10 races held across India and Middle east. The circuits will include FIA approved tracks such as Noida’s Buddh International Circuit, Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina, and Sakhir circuit in Bahrain. The series will have 9 local city-based teams represented by 18 drivers battling it out for India’s biggest motorsport series.

Report from RaceTechMag - Lex Akehurst - "Earlier in the year we put in place the order of the largest single purchase of Radical cars totaling 1.5mGBP."

Report from RaceTechMag – Lex Akehurst – “Earlier in the year we put in place the order of the largest single purchase of Radical cars totaling 1.5mGBP.”

News report on Radical UK website

Apart from Shah Rukh Khan and Nagarjuna, the i1 Supercar Series has also caught the attention of Corporate India as Management guru, Arindam Chaudhuri, owner of IIPM, Hotelier Arjun Baljee, Head of Peppermint Group of Hotels and ace businessman Raghu Raju were announced as proud owners of the Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai respectively.


The teams will race the Radical Sportscars’ SR3. Each team will be represented by two drivers. At least one driver for each team must be a certified Indian National driver. Teams will compete for a USD 2 Million prize.

Guests and Media were introduced to the car of choice, the Radical SR3