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Ms Diana Pundole shares her  experiences  on her first year in Motorsport

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I have been a student of English Literature and completed my post-graduation in the same. A few of my hobbies are as follows: I am an artist and a pianist and have studied music since I was 8 up until this date. I am also part of the Harley Davidson Owners Group and enjoy riding my Fatboy on weekends. I work at our family owned company ‘C.T.Pundole & Sons’, founded in Pune in the year 1909.

Driving and racing have always been a big part of my life and I was nothing but thoroughly ecstatic when I made it into the all-women’s Ahura Racing team headed by my mentor Mr Sarosh Hataria.

I have participated in Round 2 and Round 3 of the LGB Formula 4 Category at the Kari Motor Speedway in Coimbatore and am eagerly looking forward to the much awaited Round 4 at Noida’s Buddh International Circuit.

Round 2 of the 21st JKTYRE National Racing Championship was my first official race in which I learnt a great deal about racing rules and regulations.

In Round 3, I felt even more fearless and self-assured of competing with my fellow male counterparts because I was obsessed with making a difference, breaking my own records first and with that concentration I managed to overtake a couple of them too. It brings about a sense of reassurance that gender should definitely not be an issue when it comes to this sport, and for me, it isn’t. Yes men are physically stronger than women but motor racing is one of the few sports where this advantage is negated by the abilities of a person on an individual level. I can see that I’m getting better with every race and in the afore mentioned Round 3, I finished in 15th position and came in 2nd from our team of girls.

Even though that is a long way off from number 1, I have this burning urge to prove myself, combined with a sense of supreme confidence in the immense scope for improvement in my driving and I WILL get there in the very near future!

Round 4 of this Championship will be the first time I will have the opportunity of experiencing  a race at the BIC racing track and I can’t wait to get out there and give it my best.