Coimbatore racer dies during practice session,parents to sue helmet company
COIMBATORE,Oct18: A 20-year-old motorbike racer died during a practice session at Kari Motor Speedway at Chettipalayam on the outskirts of the city on Sunday.J Nandakumar, who was working in a local automobile showroom, lost control of his bike at one of the corners of the racing track and it flipped during the training session organized by a private company.
Nandakumar sustained injuries in his head. He was rushed to a nearby private hospital but died in an hour. His parents have registered a complaint with the Chettipalayam police station and they intend to file a complaint against the helmet company.
Nandakumar’s brother J Gowtham said he was extremely passionate about racing. “I work in an IT company but my brother always pursued racing and wanted to make it his profession. Just one-and-a-half month back he purchased a new bike after taking a loan. Since the age of 18, he has been participating in several racing events including national meets. He has even stood 15th in one such event, last year. Last month, he took part in a race but could not qualify,” said Gowtham.
“My father was planning to visit the track on Sunday but due to some work, he did not,” said Gowtham.
On Sunday, Tarun Kumar of Coimbatore Racing Academy had organised an ‘open race track’ in which passionate bikers were invited to ride on the race track.
“Generally during training sessions, a coach would drive in front of the racers to control their speed. But this event was open for riding and there were no coaches. We had ensured that all safety gears were available with the racers and also followed all the safety norms,” said Tarun Kumar.