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Powerboat racing to reach Indian shores soon

MUMBAI: After Formula One car racing, India is set to witness P1 Powerboat racing on its shores.

Procam International, under the aegis of Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM) and P1 Global, will introduce the Indian grand prix of the sea in March, reports Business Line.

It will consist of seven teams (with two boats each) competing on a 5.2 km course, reports Business Line.

The event is scheduled to be held in Mumbai along the iconic Marine Drive.

A new spectator sport, powerboat racing is expected to rev up and exploit the potential of India’s huge coastline.

Once successful, it could lay the blueprint for the sport in other Indian cities as well given that India has a coastline of over 7,500 km.

“Our aim is to reinvent the huge potential of India’s coastline. Powerboat Grand Prix are huge spectator sports globally and we wanted to bring the same to India,” Vivek Singh, Co-founder, Procam International, told BusinessLine.

Procam, which has invested close to ₹20 crore to create the infrastructure for the event, said that it is also seeing interest from sponsors. “We have kept the maiden event free so as to generate awareness about the sport,” Singh said, adding that the aim was to create a global movement on sports.

Singh said the company may also look to take powerboat racing to other cities.

“Powerboats can race in just six feet of water and can reach a maximum speed of 120 km/hr,” he said. Singh said the company plans to have full circuit of 21 events by 2020.

Unlike in F1, where cars are different for different drivers, all the boats taking part in this race will have identical engines and specifications.

Singh said the organisers have roped in the world’s best pilots for the event with two from India – motor rally champion CS Santosh and APRC champion Gaurav Gill.

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