Indian girl from Oman to take part in UAE karting event
The only Indian karting girl from Oman and GCC (under the Micromax category), Shivali Sinha is taking part in the prestigious UAE Rotax Max Championship in Dubai on Saturday.
The competition is one of the most sought-after karting race events in the region and demands extreme mental and physical stamina. The nine year old from Indian School Bausher, who has been into karting for the last two years, is participating in the under-10 category.
Eleven participants from around the world including Europe, Asia and the GCC will be participating. Shivali bagged the third Challenger award last year at the same event.
Speaking about the race, her father Amit Sinha who works with Orpic, said, “Shivali is going to compete at the UAE Rotax Max championship in Micromax category. This is UAE Rotax Max 2019-20 session which will witness a total of eight races that will be taking place in Dubai kartdrome, Yas Marina Circuit, after which the winner shall get a chance to go to the World championship.”
Sinha added that karting is an expensive sport and he has been supporting his daughter’s talent single-handedly.
He spends most of his salary on her expensive gears including dress, helmet, tyres and other accessories.
“Expenses are extremely high for maintaining her karts, coaches and participation in competition. The sport demands mental and physical strength in addition to technical support. We are thankful to Oman Automobile Association (OAA) for their continuous support,” he said.
The nine year old’s inspiration has always been Lewis Hamilton and she wants to compete in Formula 1 in future.
She has been training under her coach Sanad al Rawahi, who himself was the winner of UAE Rotax Max Championship.
Rawahi is being supported by OAA and Birel Art team. Shivali is being supported by her OAA mechanic Sonny Ericson Lozano, Raven Ablos, Rogor Gungco and Chrith Nadee Perara.
Rawahi said, “I have been training the girl for the last one year and I find her focussed and clear in her thoughts. She has a strong nerve and I am confident she will bring laurels to the country.”
Her mother Rashmi Sahay who is Mrs Asia Pacific Queen ambassador this year added, “Shivali has to concentrate on her studies and karting everyday. She does miss her friends as she is not able to play every evening with them. We are thankful to the principal Rakesh S Tomar for standing by her side and supporting her for these trainings and tests. She tries to maintain a balance with everything. We are happy to have her as the only Indian girl who is making her marks in this International upcoming karting championship in UAE Rotax Max Championship.”