Beginners should start their journey into race-car driving with go-karting. Go-karts are basic, cheap and non-geared, but the dynamics are similar to those of a race-cart. After you've mastered those, you can delve into professional go-karting. These go-karts are high performance, and aren’t available to the public, unless you are a trained driver. Here’s how to get started, and possibly make your way to the F1!
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Rayo Racing, Kharadi
Rayo Racing in Pune was started by Rayomen Banerjee from Mumbai. He gives the best coaching, and has an experience of 35-40 years. At Rayo Racing, they have different summer camps and full-time camps where interested people visit, get training, and based on the racer’s caliber, they will be placed in a racing event, and eventually a team.
Types of events: LGB, 16000, open need, go-karting, categories like FMSCI junior championship, MRF junior championship, international FIA)
P.S: This is a great place for someone to kick-start their racing career. Rayo also has two national champions that train you-one's an expert in go-karting and one in rallying.
Smaaash, Lower Parel
We all know Smaaash for its bowling alley, cricket centre and go-karting. But what we didn’t know is that Rayo Racing sets up camps in different venues of Smaaash every once in a while. So, if you are not willing to devote the time to go up till Kharadi in Pune, you can train for a bit with their trainers, and drive with the electric go-karts at Smaaash itself.
Follow Smaaash’s page here to be updated about the camps.
Volkswagen Motorsport India
This is a little more complicated than just joining a racing school, but it is a fast track way to get a professional racing career started. The Volkswagen people organise an Ameo Cup, in which the top 20 drivers from different cities are chosen (after they race.) These top 20 are pitted against each other at a knockout challenge in Kharadi, Pune. If you win the Ameo Cup then you get to drive some of fastest cars in the country.