No dream is ever too big and no dreamer ever too small. Our very own Mira Erda broke all stereotypes when she began professional racing at the age of 9 and became India’s first female motor sports driver. With just 2 days of professional training and 4 days of practice she began her adrenaline filled journey towards professional racing in 2010.
Making the dream come true
When Mira was just 8 years old, her father started a Gokarting track in Vadodara where,with her existing love for speed and cars, she began to drive the gokarts there. After a point of time, her father decided to help her build her dream of taking up motorsports seriously and with her interest and initiative they went to Pune to watch a national race. This set her dream in motion as she got even more pumped and began her training in Kolhapur in the year 2010.
Creating new standards
Mira agrees that being a girl in a sport where men usually take the front line, proved to a taxing in the beginning. However on being asked whether she ever grew weary of the extra efforts she had to put in, she replies saying, “There was never a time where I felt that the dream of becoming a racer was getting too tough to come true. I always kept pushing myself and made sure to prove myself by giving the guys some fresh, tough competition.”
There was never a time where I felt that the dream of becoming a racer was getting too tough to come true. I always kept pushing myself and made sure to prove myself by giving the guys some fresh, tough competition.”
Breaking out of the comfort zone
Making her next move, Mira plans on breaking out of her comfort zone and preparing for the JK Euro Series. Her plan is to beat the tough competition by pushing herself harder than ever to improve her mental strength along with physical strength to ensure a good performance. Currently she spends 2 hours driving on the simulator and getting more practice on her driving. Her aim right now is to gain more experience this year in India after which she plans on taking a small step to the South East Asia Championship. With her family supporting her every step of the way, she is sure to break through a lot more shackles in the coming years.
Building on potential
Motorsports is a sport that is developing slowly but steadily in India. People have begun to show a keen interest in the sport along with approaching individuals for training to get into professional training. Despite the current times, it will definitely take some time for people to accept it completely like any other sport. Mira gives her input by saying, “Everyone has potential. Keep experimenting and whichever sports you take up professionally just make sure you get out of your comfort zone, focus completely on bringing your A-game.”
Everyone has potential. Keep experimenting and whichever sports you take up professionally just make sure you get out of your comfort zone, focus completely on bringing your A-game.”