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Thread: #inConversation with Alisha Abdullah

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    Default #inConversation with Alisha Abdullah

    xBhp: There are not a lot of people who don’t know you, but how does Alisha Abdullah like to introduce herself?

    Alisha Abdullah: I like to introduce myself to people with what I have done in motorsport. I believe that one’s achievements speak for them.

    xBhp: Can you tell us about your journey in motorsports till date?

    Alisha Abdullah: I started out at the age of 8. I started from go-karting and then I moved to motorcycle racing. Then I made a move to car racing and then back to bike racing. Currently, I have my own racing teams for both bike racing and car racing.

    xBhp: Being the daughter of a multi-time national racing champion comes with a lot of burdens too, in terms of being able to match up to the legacy of your father. How did you deal with that?

    Alisha Abdullah: I don’t deal with naysayers because they are always going to be around. My father has been a legend in motorcycle racing. I do not want to be a legend or something. I just want to do my best.

    xBhp: On that note, we would also like to ask you about the ‘daughter’ part. How difficult was it to pave your way being a girl?

    Alisha Abdullah: It was difficult at first, being the only girl on the track. It was very emotional always being a back-marker. I have not won a national championship till date but I have been on the podium with men. I have finished 2nd and 3rd in all the classes be it car racing or motorcycle racing. And being the only girl of my generation to have achieved that, I am very proud of it.

    xBhp: Amongst the many accolades, what do you think has been your biggest achievement so far?

    Alisha Abdullah: My biggest achievement was showing India what a woman can do off the racetrack, in addition to it. If I recall, I was the first girl in the world to be on the podium in the Volkswagen Race in 2012.

    xBhp: Our readers would like to know about the key people in your life as in your inspiration, your pillars of support and such.

    Alisha Abdullah: It is my family. To be honest I do not have a lot of friends, especially in the field of motorsport. There have been many who were always looking for an opportunity to bring me down. But the immense support from my family has always driven me to work harder to prove those people wrong.

    xBhp: Can you please tell us about the present and future of Alisha Abdullah Racing Academy?

    Alisha Abdullah: Okay, so right now we have a free motorcycle racing team for which we do not charge any money. Then we have a car racing team consisting of 10 FLGB1300 race cars. We are also opening an international go-kart racing track and coming out with pocket-bikes for kids in the next couple of months.
    We conduct engine tuning classes around the South of India. The idea is to bring more engineers to the field of motorsport and pave way for them to earn money off of it too.

    xBhp: Can you please tell us how the team came to be?

    Alisha Abdullah: I have seen people making loads of money in the name of racing and I feel that is wrong. Money is, of course, a part of it and you can have a margin. But in most of the cases, it was more than necessary and that is why the number of racers in India is very limited.

    That is when I and my father brought out bikes and then slowly, we started investing in cars too. And we provide those for dirt-cheap prices when compared to others.

    xBhp: What is next in store for Alisha Abdullah?

    Alisha Abdullah: I am a very set driven person. My ultimate goal is to raise the stature of motorsport to the level of other sports in India.

    xBhp: What according to you are the biggest deterrents when it comes to choosing professional racing as a career in India and what can be done to remedy those?

    Alisha Abdullah: In my experience, there are a lot of students and kids who have no clue about Indian racing scene. And that is mostly because we racers never marketed it apart from doing so on social media. When I interact with college students, which I do a lot, I always give them a brief about the Indian motorsport scene and how they can turn it into a money-making career.

    xBhp: Anything you’d like to say to upcoming racers, especially females?

    Alisha Abdullah: The reality is, that you need to have money in order to make your way into this sport and only passion is not enough. When it comes to women, I think they are self-driven. If they actually want to, they will. Just me saying it is not going to bring them to the sport, or deter them!
    Last edited by xBhp; 06-06-2019 at 11:04 PM.
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