Nine-year-old Indian karter Atiqa Mir is the youngest driver and only Asian to join Iron Dames’ Young Talents shortlist.

By Nida Anis

Mir is the highest-ranked female driver under ten years old in any FIA or CIK national karting championship. She is the UAE National Karting Championship vice-champion in the Mini R category and has additionally secured podiums in DAMC and the Middle East Cup in 2023.

Furthermore, Mir has regularly competed in the MECO FMSCI National Karting Championship in the Rotax Max class. The Kashmiri driver currently lives in Dubai where she balances karting campaigns in Europe and the UAE. She also trains with George Gibbons Motorsport.

Mir follows in footsteps of her father, Asif Nazir Mir, who became India’s first National Karting Champion in 2000. Asif Nazir Mir has raced in Formula Asia with six wins and eight pole positions, and has also competed in the Barber Dodge Pro Series in the USA.

Mir hopes to “make India proud”

Mir said, “I’m truly honoured to be shortlisted for the Iron Dames Young Talent selection process. It motivates me further to perform and improve my skills as a driver.

“I will work hard and prepare myself better than ever to come out on top of the selections and make India proud.”

V. S. Shrikant, Deputy Secretary General of the FMSCI, shared his thoughts. “Atiqa is a regular participant in our MECO FMSCI National Karting Championship – Rotax Max. We congratulate her on this achievement and wish her the very best for the selection rounds.”

Assessments will take place through rigorous scouting events. The first of these will take place on July 29-30 in Franciacorta, Italy, where Mir will compete in the Mini category. Experts from the Iron Dames and Prema Racing teams will evaluate their driving skills, competitive ability, and work ethic.

Selected talents will have the opportunity to join the Iron Dames family, where they will benefit from personalised development programmes, mentorship from experienced motorsport professionals. Additionally, they will have access to world-class training facilities.

Mir is not the only Asian driver in an international female driver development programme. More than Equal has also chosen 14-year-old Malaysian and Hong Kong racing driver Katrina Ee as one of its six successful talents.

Header photo credit: Atiqa Mir

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