Women taking up motorsport isn’t a common phenomenon in the country. But not all care to go with the set conventional norms and believe in taking hold of the gear of their lives and control its pace. Women riders are still rare but their tribe is increasing at a steady pace. Hence, gear up for the future when you’ll see more and more women behind the wheels, breaking societal stereotypes.
Check out 5 such Indian women riders who are already making a mark in the world of motorsports.
Alisha Abdullah, who holds the tag of being the first female superbike racer in India, first sat behind the racing wheels at the young age of nine. She discovered her passion for racing and since then there has been no looking back for this 26-year-old racer. She started with go-karting and went onto win MRF National Go-Karting Championship and Best Novie Award in National Level Formula Car Racing in the open class.
In 2015, Alisha represented India at the Toyota Vios Cup and became the first Indian woman to get a podium finish in an international motorsport competition. She also runs the Alisha Abdullah Racing Academy for Women in Chennai.
Aishwarya Pissay has proved her caliber on track by winning several races in a short span of time. Aishwarya’s love affair with biking began when she participated in a TV show where she had to ride for 8000 kms from the Rann of Kutch to Cherrapunji in 24 days. What started as an adventure soon became the 23-year-old’s passion. She is currently a road racer in the Apex Racing Academy and a rallyist with TVS Motors. Aishwarya is also the first-ever national two-wheeler racing champion in the girls’ category.
The Delhi-based charming supermom hasn’t let anything come in between her passion for racing motorbikes. Garima is a known rally racing driver and has won several championships over the years. The 41-year-old racer has been a part of the Mercedes Team of professional drivers. She was also invited to be an instructor for a Porsche Test run in Gurgaon.
The youngest and the most vivacious racer of the entire lot, Mira Erda started her racing career in 2010 and has won several races since then. Last year, the 18-year-old also became first ever Indian female racer in the Euro JK Series, competing in the single-seater Euro Formula BMW cars. After making a mark in the country, Mira now plans to accomplish herself internationally.
Neha started her professional racing career in 2015 with the JK Tyre Rotax Karting Championship and soon made her way into the Volkswagen Vento Cup the same year. Neha along with her sister Ria were the only two to accomplish the feat among 550 entries.