The one-make Volkswagen Vento Cup series will run as a part of the National Racing Championship weekend along with nine other championships, the Madras Motor Sport Club announced today.
Ever since the inception of Volkswagen Motorsport India in 2010 with the Polo R Cup, the German manufacturer has been part of the JK Tyre Racing series weekend.
From 2016 season, Volkswagen India has decided to switch from JK Tyre to MRF and become part of the NRC.
The change sees an end of a six-year relation between Volkswagen and JK Tyre - four years in the Polo Cup and this year in the inaugural Vento Cup.
While MMSC confirmed the switch, Volkswagen India is expected to announce their plans next month.
"The discussions for 2016 season are going on," a spokesperson of Volkswagen India said to Motorsport.com.
"Volkswagen Motorsport India remains committed to its Vento Cup programme and the focus will stay on identifying young racing talent in India and nurturing them to the next level.
"Volkswagen Motorsport India has been successfully associated with JK Tyre Motorsport since the start of our programmes in India," the spokesperson said.
"These have been six fantastic years with one of the most reputed motorsport organisers and supporters in the country.
"However, for 2016, we are exploring all options to be in line with our global partners as well and use the synergies better," it concluded.
MMSC to host 10 championships
In addition, the MMSC will host the FMSCI NRC's for both two-wheelers and four-wheelers for the next three years along with the National 4W and 2W Drag Racing championship & National 2W Dirt Track championship.
Upon the announcement Ajit Thomas, President, MMSC said: “We are thrilled to win bids to host the major racing championships in the country."
"This is a first of its kind where one club is hosting 10 National Championships in the country and am sure our team will work tirelessly to ensure that this is done at the highest levels.
"We would also like to welcome the Volkswagen Vento Cup back to the NRC,” he added.
MMSC has won the bids for the following championships from 2016:
- National 2W Motorcycle Racing Championship
- National MRF FF1600 Racing Championship
- National Indian Touring Cars Racing Championship
- National Indian Junior Touring Cars Racing Championship
- National Super Stock Cars Racing Championship
- National FLGB 1300 Championship - remodelled to the National Rookies Championship from 2016
- Volkswagen Vento Cup
- National 2W Drag Racing Championship
- National 4W Drag Racing Championship
- National 2W Dirt Track Championship