Thrilled Aishwarya hoping to take her career to next level
Aishwarya Pissay is attempting to do what few other women even think of do.
Just over two years into her motorsport career, she has been challenging herself and proving that women are capable in this field. The icing on the cake was that she won the two-wheeler Upto 165cc class for women recently, and with a round to spare.
But she is not celebrating yet and wants to do so after doing well in the last round later this month.
"There have been ups and downs this season, but I am happy to have won the championship," she told Motorsport.com.
"Every rider is getting better and pushing me. It has been a good experience in the entire season," she added.
A broken collar bone did not deter her. While it was a bit of bother, Aishwarya chose to brave it and it paid off.
"I was glad to be racing last weekend," she stated.
"The first thing that came to my mind was the championship. I have been going to the gym and physio. Every time I am at the gym, I thought of the chequered flag.
"I definitely had that fear for the first few laps. But, it went away gradually."
Last year, the races for women were support events and in 2017, it was converted into a National Championship. Aishwarya feels it is a big step forward.
"It feels really nice to have a championship for women. It pushes us to break a lot of stereotype and show where we stand," she said.
"Last year, there were 15 riders and the number reduced a bit. But, we now have three categories and each has about 10 women. It has grown and I am sure it will grow further."
Aishwarya competes in rallies too. "Last year's Dakshin Dare changed my life. Until then, I was average but I started pushing myself. This year, I competed in 14 rally and racing events combined," she said, but adding that she thoroughly enjoys both forms of motorsport.
"I like riding, whether it is racing or rallying. It is a test for me to see if I can manage both. Both help me," she remarked.
Of course, there is scope for improvement. "I need to be consistent in riding," she noted.
"I was not doing fitness very seriously because I did not know how it would change my riding. I go to an athlete-specific facility where I train with body weights and core fitness," she said.
Right now, Aishwarya is trying to prove herself in the forthcoming Raid-de-Himalaya. For next year, she is looking at a better championship, possibly even abroad.
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