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Meet Biker Shreya Iyer, The Woman Who Defied Gender Barriers In Motorsport

Published on 27 April, 2016 at 8:12 pm By

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.


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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.

 

KP Aravind During 2015's Indian National Rally championship God Speed 

KP Aravind during 2015’s Indian National Rally championship. God Speed 

There will be a total of  six rounds in the 2016 season. Talking about her passion Shreya had stated in an interview:



 

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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.

 


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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.

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