A zealous youngster with the track as a driving force

Indian upstart Anushriya Gulati has been a versatile sportswoman since her debut. With national shooting representation and national basketball representation for Uttarakhand, she has a package worthy of a thrill seeker. Her love for motorcycles is unmatched and makes her a passionate adventurer. This is why the Indian comet on the national tarmac ventures beyond borders, to the final of Formula Woman in the United Kingdom which for 16 years has been a prestigious platform focused on the start-up and the search for the next motor racing world champion. The Indian evaluation was conducted in November 2021 and Anushriya was one of the finalists to make the cut. Formula Woman was founded by Graeme Glew, a motorsports consultant with over 30 years of experience in professional racing, sponsorship and hospitality. Graeme started Formula Woman with the aim of creating an opportunity for women who could only dream of becoming a racing driver to compete and try their luck.

Anushriya’s effort begins beyond our borders and in front of the world as she travels this week to compete in the Formula Woman Championship in the UK. Formula Woman was a successful car racing competition in 2004, where thousands of women of all ages and backgrounds entered to see if they had what it takes to become a racing driver.

3,500 women were assessed at race tracks across the UK and 100 finalists took part in a three-day shootout to find 16 riders who went on to compete in the first-ever Formula Women’s Championship. Winners of this year’s competition will receive a fully sponsored McLaren GT4 seat in the 2022 GT Cup Championship. The multi-layered assessment is based on driving, karting, reflexes, fitness, data analysis, test writing and the media test. Expressing his excitement to be part of the global event, Anushriya said, “I trained very hard for this event both mentally and physically and I am constantly working on my racing skills as I compete against the best in the world. I’m also excited to participate in Formula Woman as it’s a great platform to promote the women’s motorsport community around the world.

Anushriya started to make a name for herself thanks to her passion for motorcycles. In 2017, she rode 1,00,000 KMS on a ride to the 2017 Southern HOG® Rally. This adventure earned her the title of first rider to achieve the same goal and Anushriya has already achieved a HOG® mileage of 1,60 000 km in addition to being the first rider to reach Khardung La, Ladakh the highest motorable road in the world. She has attempted and passed the Harley Davidson ‘Big 5′ challenge for 5 consecutive years (2015-2019), the only woman to do so for five consecutive years and has completed the Harley-Davidson ’21/365’ challenge for 2 years. Anushriyain in February 2022 achieved a rare achievement on Hero MotoCorp’s 1.74km, 45 degree banked oval track at the Center for Innovation and Technology on a Harley-Davidson Sportster S to go the farthest a motorcycle has never been in 24 hours in india. She is also the youngest and only female trainer among the 4 certified trainers of the Harley-Davidson Riding Academy in partnership with auto car.

However, this daredevil needed more. Her desire drove her off the rough track and onto the smooth tarmac, on four wheels. The rare double champion has won the trophy in two categories of the JK-Tyre-FMSCI Indian National Racing Championship which is held at Kari Motor Speedway, Coimbatore Tamil Nadu. She made her MRF F1600 debut with JA Motorsport at Madras Motorsport Racecourse in Chennai.

Anushriya says, “It’s the thrill of every turn that keeps me hooked. I really like being active and I think that’s my biggest asset.” About her achievement, she humbly added, “I think I give my heart to the track. I’m doing my best and despite most of the challenges, I’m happy to bring home the award.” After being pre-selected for this championship, Anushriya sets off for yet another adventure, with her determination and zeal to conquer the tarmac abroad!


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