The T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship saw British racer Stuart Oliver, a ten-time British Truck Racing Champion, win the inaugural race. Oliver was driving for Team Castrol Vecton and took 30:26.848 minutes to complete 15 laps of the 2.5 km loop. The Buddh International Circuit is 5.1 km-long track and is fast turning into the veritable “Mecca” of motor sports in the country.
The Jetracing tires, a JK product specifically designed for the rigours of championship racing, was the footwear of choice for the T1 Prima Trucks. Although the 370 bhp trucks have a top speed of 110 Km/h, the Jetracing 315/80R22.5 tires were designed to handle speeds up to 150 km/h.
The Jetracing tires come with asymmetric tread pattern for excellent handling on a dry pavement. The tires also have rounded outer shoulder enabling very good cornering and lateral stability. The shallow circumferential grooves with optimized groove sections are designed for heat dissipation. In addition, the Jetracing tires have optimized belt package in terms of lay and angle, which help deliver excellent tread stiffness enhancing the steering and handling ability of the vehicle.
Paul McCumisky, veteran British Truck Racing Association driver who has been racing since 1986, said that the tires performed as designed but did give a bit of concern in the last couple of laps. Obviously, heat build-up could have softened the tires effecting structural integrity and altering the otherwise commendable performance. Since the event has entered the calendar of Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI), JK has good enough reason to look into the matter to sort out things for the next round.
Overall, a proud accomplishment by all involved – JK Tyres, the trucks, the teams, and of course, the sponsors.