India’s First All-Women Racing Team Enters National Championship
The Kari Motor Speedway in Coimbatore recently witnessed an all-women car race. In a first, an all-women talent hunt was organised to select a team for formula car racers. As many as 60 women showcased their prowess in the sport that has always been projected as traditionally men-dominated arena. At the end, six racers were shortlisted to participate in JK Tyre National Racing Championship to be held next week.
The six finalists are Roshni, Lea Daran, Priyamvada, Megaa, Hansuja and Ritika Oberoi
The women is featured under the Ahura Racing banner, a professional racing team started last year by three-time national racing champion Sarosh Hataria.
Apart from some basic training before competing, the women’s team will also be evaluated on the basis of fitness, car control, speed and lap times.
Dr Ritika Kapoor, one of the finalists, told NDTV, “It feels good to be among one of the six finalists. It gives me an opportunity to do one of those things which I love to do. Driving has been my passion since one-and-a-half years and I have been doing off-road events and rallies.”
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“This sport needs courage, helps one overcome fear, get on the track and win. It is one of the nicest feelings one can have. The adrenaline rush keeps me going,” she added.
“It’s a passion that has got all of us together. In my eyes, we are all winners,” said Harshini Kapoor, another racer who participated in the talent hunt
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