Though it’s no longer considered uncommon to see women taking part in motorsport these days, a recent move by TVS Racing is now set to boost women’s participation even more.
The motor company recently roped in 24-year-old Bengaluru rider Shreya Iyer, making her the first woman rider to participate in the Indian National Rally championship.
Shreya is set to race in the Group B class (Apache RTR 200), first round of which is slated for this weekend on April 30-May 1.
Her teammates for this championship would be 2015’s overall national champion KP Aravind, R Natraj and AW Tanveer.
There will be a total of six rounds in the 2016 season. Talking about her passion Shreya had stated in an interview:
Though this would be Shreya’s first competitive event, she has in the past driven over the dunes in Dubai and has done a lot of travelling in the north and south India and the Himalayas.
Shreya had started motorcycle riding when she was 17 and says that it “almost came naturally” to her.
Arvind Pangaonkar, head of Team TVS Racing, said that the idea behind roping in Shreya was to “strengthen ourselves”. He called for equality in this sport.