Known as the only Indian woman super biker and racer, Alisha Abdullah is all set to take a dip in the international arena in Thailand with the Toyota Vios Cup – a street race approved by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile. The Indian postergirl will be up against women racers from Singapore, China, Philippines, England, Japan, Malaysia. The races will be held in Bira Circuit, Chonburi and Phuket on July 12th and 13th.
Alisha Abdullah has the unique distinction of being India’s only woman super bike racer. It, however, is no surprise because racing runs in her genes; her father RA Abdullah was himself a famous bike racer and a seven-time national champion. Alisha has been fascinated by racing since she was a kid and as a nine-year-old, Alisha was drawn to go-karting. When she was just 13-years-old, she won the MRF National Go-Karting Championship and the Best Novice Award in the National level Formula Car Racing in the open class .Alisha then moved on to formula car racing and managed to come fifth in the JK Tyre National Championship, 2004. She made the switch from four wheels to bikes in the same year. Talking about the change Alisha’s father, whom Alisha regards as a role model and hero, noted the fact that formula car racing can get very expensive while motorbike racing is easier to manage financially. Besides, he knew what is what in motorbike racing and guided her. The only child of her parents, Wendy and Abdullah, Alisha is happy her parents approve of her career choice. Alisha’s mother is her cheerleader and watches all her races, while her father is not just her inspiration, but also her coach.
It’s been a fairytale story for the 24-year old Chennai born girl, who recently spoke in an interview about her first International Car race. He said “The girls are physically stronger compared to Indians. Otherwise, it is all same. I barely had a 0.5 second difference with some of the veterans. In the pre-race sessions, they practise with men and gradually, do better when competing against each other.”
She also added “I wanted to go international this year. Hence, I got sponsors. Europe would have been more expensive, so I chose Asia,”
Here’s wishing her all the luck and hoping that India’s brightest female talent in motorsports does well in her first International Venture and this is just a sign of many amazing things to come for the Indian Speedster.