Pune-based International Rally Champion Sanjay Takale will be the sole Indian at the forthcoming second edition of the World Motorsports Games, to be held October 26-30 at Circuit Paul Ricard in Marseille, France.
“This is my first time representing India, which makes this opportunity very special,” said Takale. He will sit on the wheels of the French car Peugeot and take part in the competition in the Rally4 class.
The multi-sport motorspot event comprises 18 disciplines and is being held after a two-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Former Asia-Pacific Rally Champion, Takale has been endorsed by the Federation of Motorsports Clubs of India (FMSCI), the sport’s national governing body, the world governing body based in Paris, the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA). .
After being cleared by FMSCI, Takale said he will have Australia resident Mike Young as his navigator. Young is an established rally driver and the two – Takale as driver and Mike Young as navigator – finished seventh at Rally Estonia in Tallinn in 2019.
Young was Takale’s teammate in the APRC championship and drove for the Japanese rally team Cusco Motorsport.