Shriya Lohia receives the ”Outstanding Women in Indian Motorsports Award 2018” from FIA.
Shriya Lohia is 10 years old. She is originally from Himachal. Her father’s name is Ritesh Lohia who is a sports enthusiast. She belongs to a multi-talented family. Her sister is a shooter and her mom is an entrepreneur.
Career & education
Shriya Lohia of class V from Indira National School, Wakad bagged the fourth position in the National Rotax Karting Championship in the micro-series for drivers between the age group of 8 to 12 years. She was also recently awarded the ‘Outstanding women in Motor sport 2018’ by Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA).
Shriya is currently the only Indian girl in her age category to compete in the national championships. She developed a passion for driving at the age of 9.
International Go-kart tracks are around 1.2km long with complex bends and sharp turns. To get practice on that track she has to go to Bangalore sometimes twice a month. She is pursuing her training at the Birel Art racing school in Bangalore and is coached by Marco Bartoli from Italy.
Lohia started Karting in Vadodara on a track run by a well-known name in motorsport Mira Erda. She also visited Bengaluru and Hyderabad in search of better tracks and now she trains at Meco Motorsports, near Bengaluru. The youngster also won the FMSCI award in the Outstanding Women in Motorsports category in 2018.
Being always good in studies she is trying to balance between this sport and studies and thanks to her class teacher and principal for their amiable support.
Shriya aspires to be a Formula One driver. She says, “I race because I love racing, not to prove a point about how well a girl can do against boys on the track. Once your helmet goes on everybody is at the same level. To reach the top you need to start at the bottom first. I hope it will encourage other girls to take up the sport as well.”
Next, Shriya has her eyes on the Rotax Max Challenge Asia to be held in the month of April.