Bengaluru-based fashion designer, stylist and rallyist Anitha Kholay will be the first Indian woman rallyist to represent India at the Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) in Johor, Malaysia, that starts on October 28.
Anitha began her career in rallying as a navigator at the age of 16, and then hopped on to full-time rallying and racing. The ‘Miss Bangalore 1998’, who has been an Indian national race and rally driver since 2003, said she was elated, and added: “This is a stepping stone to aspire for greater heights, a milestone in my career.” A motorsports team from Malaysia is preparing her car, a Proton NEO 1600 CC, which can touch speeds of 190 kmph with ease.
Her favorite rallies have been the local Bangalore K-1000 rally as she enjoys the terrain the most. Having won nearly 50 medals she adds “I won most of my racing and rallying awards from 1994-2011 in the ladies category. I took a break when I had my two children, and have been constantly taking part in national rallies from 2003, travelling mostly to Nashik, Chikmagalur, Hyderabad and Cochin, amongst other cities.”
The Indigo XP wishes Anitha Kholay all the very best!