Commission for Women in Motorsport, India
The Commission for Women in Motorsport, India; was established in January 2017 with the vision of harnessing the passion and talent of women in motorsport and preparing them for competition on the national and international stage. The commission enables this through a mission by providing guidelines, training and licenses/certification for women in all areas of Motorsport, not just driving and riding but for marshals, stewards, medical support and engineering to name just a few.
Further we now have two doyens of motorsports Arjun Balu and M R Dastur who have graciously volunteered their time to mentor sportswomen on two and four wheelers.
We are proud to share that India has perhaps the largest number of women participating in four wheeler rallies in the world – 845 in 2019. In two wheeler and four wheeler racing, karting, gymkahana, drag, autocross etc the total number is 202.
Further In 2019, Aishwarya Pissay won the World Cup at the Baja in Spain supported by TVS. JK Tyres and Meco Motorsports gave life to the international program FIA Girls on Track and Dare to be Different. This platform enabled girls to showcase their talent and the results have enabled us to identify our rising stars. Navaz Bathena Sindhu was a catalyst in bringing this program to India.
Since 2018 the Women in Motorsport Commission has been holding annual seminars where information is disseminated to two wheeler and four wheeler participants- on the way forward with the latest information from the FMSCI, FIA, FIM and sessions on marketing, health, mentoring etc.
Ahura Racing deserves a special mention for running the first Women’s only LGB F4 Team under the guidance of Sarosh Hataria.
Further, the Times of India have done a fantastic job, hosting one of the largest all Womens TSD car Rally’s in the world from Mumbai, Hyderabad, Pune and Bangalore to Goa. They have also extended the car rallies for women in North India from Delhi to Chandigarh and Jaipur.
MRF MMSC run the Indian National Motorcycle Championship which has a women’s category and the One Make Championship for ladies is supported by TVS.
The success of this commission would not have been possible without the unstinting support of the Council, Secretary General and the Chairperson of the commission Sita Raina. Sincere thanks to the commission members Anita Nanjappa, Deepa Malik, & Renuka Kirpalani for their dedication and commitment to Women in Motorsport, India.
B.S. Sujith Kumar
To trigger a passion for Motorsports in Women in India and prepare them for the National stage to then move on to the World stage.
To provide guidelines, training and license / certification in all areas of Motorsport for Women in India.
Message From Chairperson
Chairperson – Women in Motorsports India.
Councillor – FMSCI
Vice President – Calcutta Motor Sports Club
It was a brilliant start to the new year with the President of FMSCI, Akbar Ebrahim,calling for a Sub Committee Chairperson’s meet on the 14th and 15th March 2023, in Chennai to introduce us to the India Development Program, led by Ms.Tanya Kutsenko, EDI Advisor, FIA.
The President created the Vision and Mission for the India Development Program together withMr.Prabha Shankar, promising a new lease of life for the future of motorsport in India.
The status of the GP, Technical Regulations and Regulations were discussed together with presentations on V&O Training & Assessment Programs by Mr. Zayn Khan and Mr. Prabha Shankar, the Scrutineers & Technical Delegate Training Program by Mr. Sajeev Mathew Rajan/Mr. Roop Kumar, Sustainability & Environment by Ms. Anita Nanjappa, Grassroot Events and Virtual E Sport Mr. Vir Raina, TSD Rally by Mr. Arun Bhatia, Autocross by Mr. Raj Kapoor 2w Supercross Mr. Sujith Kumar, 2w Rally Commission Ms. Anita Nanjapa and Women in Motorsport by Ms. Sita Raina
The National Prize Distribution was held on the 11th April 2022 and the following ladies were honoured-Lani Zena Fernandez, 2w Stock upto 165cc Girls National Drag Racing Championship, Aparna Pathak National TSD Rally Women Champion driver with navigator Lalita Gowda, Pragathi Gowda for JINRC Champion and Asia Pacific Rally Star, Tanika Shanbagh – 2w National Rally Sprint Champion Women, Shriya Lohia for representing India at the GOT 2022 and her performance in India and Sheena Sabharwal and Trupti Gupta for representing India at the Women’s Saudi Arabia Rally
We are excited and looking forward to an increased number of girls participating at the Grassroot level in 2023/24.
FMSCI Award winners 2022
FMSCI Award 2019 Winners
FIM – World Champion
2019 FIM Women’s Bajas World Cup Champion
FMSCI National Champions – 4W
Stock Class, Ladies, Open 2019 National Autocross Champion Ladies Driver FMSCI Indian National Autocross Championship (4W)
LGB Formula 4 2019 National Racing Women Champion
LGB Formula 4 2019 National Racing Rookie Champion
2019 National Auto Gymkhana Driver (Female) FMSCI Indian National Auto Gymkhana Championship (4W)
FMSCI National Champions – 2 W
Group “B” LADIES CLASS (Open Indian M/c) 2019 National Rally Champion Women Rider MRF MOGRIP FMSCI National Rally Championship (2W)
Stock 4 Stroke upto 165 cc 2019 National Drag Racing Champion Rider Girls MMSC FMSCI Indian National Motorcycle Drag Racing Championship (2W)
Stock upto 165 cc Girls 2019 National Racing Champion Rider MRF MMSC FMSCI Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship (2W)
Outstanding women in Motorsports
X30 Cadet Class (2nd Overall)
JK Tyre FMSCI National Karting Championship
X30 Junior Class (7th Overall) JK Tyre FMSCI National Karting Championship
Rotax Micro (9th Overall) JK Tyre FMSCI National Karting Championship
Sodi 4 Stroke Junior (3rd Overall) JK Tyre FMSCI National Karting Championship
Sodi 4 Stroke Junior (6th Overall) JK Tyre FMSCI National Karting Championship