Shriya Lohia : Racing Champion from Himachal

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Shriya at South Garda Track,Lonato Italy

Shriya Lohia is an 12 year old professional racer from Sundernagar,Mandi located in the the lovely and quiet state of Himachal Pradesh. She started off her career at the age 9 , she gained interest at small and upcoming tracks within pune where she was born and raised . She immediately fell in love with the sport. Her family exceedingly supported her and stood by her from the start . Shriya’s sister is a national level rifle shooter herself and therefore Shriya barely gets time to spend with her older sister . She travelled to national and international tracks with her father, Ritesh Lohia .

At Milan,Italy

Aside from being a young racer Shriya was also an amateur model for US Polo and excels in studies and sports in school. She is very independent yet soft-spoken . She is a F1 enthusiast and a big fan of Charles Leclerc , Alex Albon and Lando Norris . She’s been coached by racers like Yash Aradhya,Sohil shah,Chittesh Mandody and his father Sachin Mandody. In her first year of racing she has come 4th overall in the Rotax max national championship 2018 and won the outstanding women in motorsports 2018 award. She wasn’t very proud of this and wanted to do better and she proved herself right by becoming the vice captain for the X30 national championship 2019 while fighting with boys , she was also the champion for FIA WIM girls on track dare to be different 2019 in the same year . Shriya said she is inspired not by any F1 racer but by her own family . She aspires to be bold and confident like her mother and fearless like her father .

With Narain Karthikeyan,India’s only F1 driver

Achievements:

2018

National Rotax Championship 2018   Fourth Position

2019

Outstanding Woman in Motorsports 2018 award by FMSCI 

Participated in Rotax Asia Max Challenge Malaysia 2019 round1

JKtyre Motorsports X30 2019 champions

Third position at the 2019 JKTYRE FMSCI IAME X30 National Championship in the Cadet category Round 1

Second position at the 2019 JKTYRE FMSCI IAME X30 National Championship in the Cadet category Round 2

Second position at the 2019 JKTYRE FMSCI IAME X30 National Championship in the Cadet category Round 3

Second position at the 2019 JKTYRE FMSCI IAME X30 National Championship in the Cadet category Round 4

Third position at the 2019 JKTYRE FMSCI IAME X30 National Championship in the Cadet category Round5

Winning Moment

Vice Champion at the 2019 JKTYRE FMSCI IAME X30 National Championship in the Cadet category Overall Championship

First position at the 2019 JKTYRE FMSCI D2BD -GOT National Championship in 8-12 yrs category

2020

Outstanding Woman in Motorsports 2019 award by FMSCI (2nd Overall in JKtyre FMSCI National Karting Championship 2019)

Oustanding woman Award from Jean Todt,FIA President

Some Questions:

How you joined karting?How was your experience in Karting?

I joined karting in 2017 when I was 9 years old. I first drove at the famous Mira Erdas’s Vadodara track. She told me about the basics of karting and told me how to get into racing. My dad then took me to Bangalore to Meco Kartopia for a 2 Stroke Rotax Training.

How your family supported you?

My dad travelled with me to every single part of the country for my championship rounds. Since my sister is a shooter my mom usually travels with my sister. Although my mom has never been able to see me race, she always calls me and encourages me.


What are the biggest challenges you are facing now?

The biggest challenges in Karting is the training and sponsorship.You can afford 4 stroke karting but 2 stroke professional karting is very expensive.

FIA GOT-D2BD

What is your most memorable moment as a driver?

My most memorable moment as a driver is when I finished first in the race 4 round 3 in the Jk Tyre X30 National Championship 2019 beating all the boys.

How do you deal with growing expectations?

I just push myself to do a lot better and try my best in everything. I work hard and prove myself to everyone and show them that if you just try you can achieve everything.

Final Lap

How has karting helped you through out?

Karting has been a huge part of my life. It has helped me a lot in my daily life as well. Karting needs concentration and focus, which are also needed in our daily life. Karting has helped me develop my everydays habits.

At the age of 12 you are already an Entrepreneur.What brought up the idea?

Besides racing I like to contribute time in my interests. I have always had a love for scrunchies so with some help from my parents I decided to start a brand making home-made scrunchies and dog wear and selling them on my website www.shiya.in and also make organic home-made soaps in my free time.

Your message to the girls who wants to join karting?

If any girls want to join karting, you should just push and try hard and give it your best. You should never consider yourself special as a woman and prove yourself as an independent racer who lives up their own dream.

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