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Not only is she fast on the track as de­manded by her pro­fes­sion, but Ab­dul­lah has the added dis­tinc­tion of be­ing the only fe­male racer in the coun­try. Her fa­ther R.A. Ab­dul­lah was a fa­mous bike racer and a seven-time national cham­pion. “As a child, I used to dis­man­tle those lit­tle toy cars and learnt how to put them back.” says Alisha. Notic­ing her pas­sion for cars, her fa­ther took her go-kart­ing and she set a track record on her sec­ond day at the track. At 13 years, she won the MRF National GoKart­ing Cham­pi­onship and the Best Novice Award in the National level For­mula Car Rac­ing in 2003. Ab­dul­lah then moved on to for­mula car rac­ing and man­aged to bag fifth place in the JK Tyre National Cham­pi­onship, 2004. This year she cre­ated his­tory by be­com­ing the first ever fe­male to have made it to the podium in round one (VW Polo Cup) and is cur­rently stand­ing fifth in the over­all cham­pi­onship stand­ings af­ter four rounds. CHANG­ING GEARS In 2004, tak­ing her fa­ther’s ad­vice she changed tracks from car to bike rac­ing. “There was a lot of re­sis­tance from the men to­wards a fe­male su­per bike racer com­pet­ing with them,” says Alisha. “I used to get pushed and hit on the tracks.” But she per­se­vered and soon started win­ning podium po­si­tions. She se­cured third place in the National Road Rac­ing Cham­pi­onship UCAL (2006). But af­ter a par­tic­u­larly nasty ac­ci­dent her mother asked her to switch to a safer pro­fes­sion. In­ci­den­tally, that was when Volk­swa­gen ap­proached her for the Volk­swa­gen Polo Cup in May 2010. Tak­ing the op­por­tu­nity, Ab­dul­lah made the switch back to cars. Con­tact:al­ishaab­dul­lah.com

“I want to race for as long as I can and then train girls who want to get into rac­ing”

Racer Alisha


HK RAJASHEKHARL/ www.in­di­a­to­day­im­ages.com

sec­ond opinion “She’s prob­a­bly the only fe­male racer in the national cir­cuit who has raced in both the bike and car cat­e­gories. She's get­ting

bet­ter ev­ery year.”


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