After a three-year hiatus, the MRF Challenge has finally returned to the Buddh International Circuit for the 2016-2017 season.
With the first two rounds of the 2016-2017 season of the MRF Challenge completed, with the first being held in Bahrain, followed by round 2 in Dubai, the F2000 cars returned to the Buddh International Circuit, in Greater Noida for the first time since 2013.
The Buddh International Circuit last featured on the MRF Challenge calendar as the inaugural round of the 2013-2014 season. The championship round was held between October 26-27, 2013 where the first race was won by French driver Arthur Pic, followed by the second race winner, Rupert Svendsen-Cook from the UK who went on to win the championship that year.
Mick Schumacher and Harrison Newey, both suffered DNFs during the last round at the Dubai Autodrome. At the Buddh International Circuit, both drivers will look at maximising their possibilities to close in on championship leader Joey Mawson who has 141 points to his name.
With the third round of the MRF Challenge scheduled to be held from January 27-29, it was Newey who was the fastest in the first free practice session at the Buddh International Circuit with a time of 1:52.340. Following his double DNF in the previous round, Schumacher was the fastest of driver of the day with a time of 1:51.732, during the second session. Both drivers are looking to bag as many points as they can before they head to the Madras Motor Race Track, Chennai for the final round of the season. In addition, Narain Karthikeyan was also be testing the MRF F2000 car during both practice sessions.
The third round of the 2016-2017 season of the MRF Challenge consists of 14 drivers, namely – Mick Schumacher, Harrsion Newey, Juri Vips, Dylan Young, Kimi Schramm, Manuel Maldonado, Joey Mawson, Pavan Ravishanker, Yoshiaki Katayama, Pedro Cardoso, Felipe Drugovich, Rinus Van Kalmthout, Ralf Aron, Chia Wing Hoong.
Sessions on Saturday will include a qualifying session to determine the starting order for Race 1 followed by Race 2 with additional two races to be held on Sunday.