Karting is often hailed as the stepping stone for a motorsport hopeful. It offers a chance for them to test whether they are ready to take up racing as a professional career. While it isn’t yet on par with international competitions, karting in the country has grown over the last few decades.
Karting in India began in 1999 with a few local level events, eventually leading to the launch of the National Championship. JK Tyres initiated the championship with four-stroke karts on tracks in Faridabad, Delhi and Hiranandani Gardens in Mumbai. The format saw winners and second-placed drivers of the local events competing in a National Championship Finals.
The JK Tyre National Championship ran for five years between 2000 and 2004 before Rotax karts came to India. Now the championship is known as the National Rotax Max Karting Championship and is sanctioned by the Federation of Motor Sport Clubs of India (FMSCI).
Along with the premier championship, an amateur-level karting programme named IndiKarting National Series is also being run to give young racers an affordable chance to compete in a safe environment.