Mumbai teenager Aashi Hanspal shortlisted for FIA’s ‘Girls on Track Rising Stars Project’

Teenaged racer Aashi Hanspal is among the 20 selected out of 70 entries from five continents for FIA's ambitious 'Girls on Track Rising Stars Project'.

Press Trust of India June 28, 2020 20:49:49 IST
Mumbai teenager Aashi Hanspal shortlisted for FIA’s ‘Girls on Track Rising Stars Project’

Mumbai's rising racing star Aashi Hanspal has been shortlisted for FIA's ambitious 'Girls on Track - Rising Stars Project', the Federation of Motor Sports Club of India (FMSCI) announced.

Aashi, 13, has been selected along with 19 others in the age group of 12-16 out of 70 entries from five continents.

As the first step, she will take part in the Shoot Out' at the Paul Ricard Circuit in France on 12 and 13 October, a media release issued on Sunday said.

If she performs well, she could become first female driver to obtain a partnership agreement with Ferrari Driver Academy including chance to take part in the Formula 4 season.

Mumbai teenager Aashi Hanspal shortlisted for FIAs Girls on Track Rising Stars Project

File image of Aashi Hanspal. Image credit: Twitter/@AashiHanspal

"Should you be successful, you will join our training camps, and potentially have the opportunity to become (Team Ferrari's) first ever female driver obtaining a partnership agreement with the Ferrari Driver Academy, including participation in an FIA Formula 4 racing season," Michele Mouton, President of the FIA Women in Motorsport Commission, said in her letter to Aashi.

The Federation Internationale de L'Automobile (FIA), the world body for motor sports, said that the training-cum-selection process would entail four legs.

The first one is 'Shoot Out', which would be held on 12-13 October at Paul Ricard in France to select Top 12. The second stage comprises of a training camp 1 (Karting) on 14-15 October at Paul Ricard in France to select the top eight.

The third would be the training camp 2 (F4) to be held on 3-4 November at Paul Ricard, France to select Final 4 and the final would be the Ferrari Driver Academy Training Camp (F4) to be held from 9-13 November at Maranello in Italy to select the winner.

"This is a great moment for women in Indian Motorsport," said Sita Raina, Chairperson of FMSCI's own Women in Motorsports Commission.

"Aashi has shown her mettle during the last season and has the potential to become a future star," she added.

Coached by eight-time national car racing champion Rayomand Banajee, Aashi recorded five podium finishes in her maiden national karting season last year and was conferred the Outstanding Women in Motorsports Award by FMSCI for her podium placings.

"The dates have been chosen to enable the shortlisted girls to travel from different parts of the world, despite the current travel restrictions due to the coronavirus crisis," Mouton said in her letter.

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