Diana Pundole : Karting, Formula Racing and Autocross racer

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“Racing to me it is one of the most natural things and I do not imagine a day in life that I will not see driving as one of my favourite things to do be it recreationally or professionally. I’ve always been thrilled with speed and the craft of driving since my childhood.
I realised how passionate I was about driving when I never gave up an opportunity to drive myself within the city or outstation refusing to be in the passenger seat at all costs! Although I knew I was good at it and had enough experience in doing so, I never knew exactly how good I was on a national level.


This led me to participating in the JKTYRE National Racing Championship that has been a platform for some of India’s best drivers in the past 2 decades. It has since been an exciting journey, from merely driving for fun and recreation to driving to win a trophy or a national championship!

I look up to a lot many great drivers in the sport as inspiration because each one of them have influenced me in terms of their skill, adaptability, dedication and personality. I am deeply inspired by Micheal Schumacher, Sir Jackie Stewart, Kimi Raïkkonen and Charles Leclerc to name just a few.

Struggles :-
Can you live a truly fulfilling and rewarding life without a bit of a challenge or a struggle in it? Challenges have always ignited my spirit to work harder, have something to strive toward achieving greater things. After all success is born of struggle. One of my struggles is trying to balance family, work and my numerous passions but I usually sort these things out by following systems and prioritising each task one at a time.”Diana said.

Some Questions:

How did you get started in racing? What do you love about it?

I started racing professionally in 2018 after participating in the Ahura Racing talent hunt.This led me to competing in the JKTyre National Racing Championship.
There are several reasons why I love racing. I have always been thrilled with speed and the craft of driving since my childhood, this soon led to discovering the adrenaline rush that kicks in at high speedS. I love the intense competition between drivers and it is also quite interesting to see how each driver tries something new to push harder every race weekend.

Who is you favourite F1 driver and why?

I look up to a lot many great drivers in the sport as inspiration because each one of them have influenced me in terms of their skill, adaptability, dedication and personality. I am deeply inspired by Micheal Schumacher, Sir Jackie Stewart, Kimi Raïkkonen and Charles Leclerc to name just a few.

What is a food you would not recommend eating right before a race?

I would recommend sticking to fluids, light and healthy foods before a race like salads. Any thing oily or heavy like meats is something I don’t suggest having just before a race.

Do you think racing is like an addiction?

Yes I do.

What are some tips for regular Drivers for better car control?

  1. a well fitting pair of racing shoes, gloves and helmet.
  2. Building up your upper body strength.
  3. Yoga and meditation.

Tell us difficult decision you made last year as a racer?

After a disastrous crash at the Buddh International Circuit, in the last racing weekend of the season, I made the decision to race the next day itself instead of resting which was probably the better of the two decisions.
It is something that was not recommended but also something I didn’t regret even once because of my love for racing.

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