Former Indian cricket player Sachin Tendulkar inaugurated the multi-level Sky Karting track in Mumbai on Thursday.
Co-owner of Smaaash where the track is located, Tendulkar, who is also an ardent fan of motorsport, took a lap around on the electric go-karts.
"I have always been a big karting fan, something which you cannot do on a normal roads, you can do it on a karting track," said the 42-year-old.
"Motor sport is a fabulous sport and I really enjoy it. Karting or motorsport is heading in that direction [in terms of infrastructure available in the country].
"It's about being persistent and also supporting sports. If you support them, appreciate the performances they [athletes] are all going to deliver and perform, they all need encouragement and we have to encourage sports in general," he added.
The newly launched 430 meter long gradient road kart track is said to pose a new challenge for karters in the karts provided by French company Sodikart.
Tendulkar is not new to motorsport as the Mumbaikar was given the honour to wave the chequered flag during the inaugural Indian Grand Prix back in 2011.
Prior to the Indian GP, the cricketer has visited various F1 races in Europe and was also gifted a Ferrari road car by Michael Schumacher.