Karting is this 12-yr-old’s tour de force

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Karting will soon see the likes of a new prodigy, Mira Erda. Almost 12-years-old, this girl from Baroda has been giving male racers a run for the trophy.

In fact, just a weekend back, at Kovai’s Kari Race Track, she proved how easily she could take the cup in her hand, but sadly had to make do with second place after a minor mishap occured.

We caught up with the young speedster to talk about all the fast tracks she has set her eyes on.

Mira was introduced to the world of racing at the young age of nine. She made her debut in the Micro Max category in 2010, a championship similar to the Coimbatore’s Kari track events. “The weekend has been quite a challenge for me.

I was really excited, but at the same time, also focussed on what I wanted, and I am glad I came out second. My father Kirit, a racer himself, has been the driving force behind my endeavour.

He taught me a thing or two about racing, and left the rest to Mohites academy in Kolhapur where I trained.”

Mira was awarded the Best Upcoming in 2010 and improved Driver of the Year 2011 in India. She has also raced at the Plus Yamaha SL International Challenge 2012 at Malaysia where she was placed 5th.

“My memories of the event are still very fresh. I remember a race official congratulating me on my performance, because of my skills behind the wheel, and also reaching a top speed of 105kms in my kart.”

Over the last year, Mira has proved her mettle as a worthy racer. Her most notable accomplishment was finishing 3rd at the MMS-JK Tyre Rotax Rookie Cup 2011, and becoming the first and youngest driver from Gujarat.

Mira has taken the karting championship world by storm, both nationally and internationally. What does the little Lewis Hamilton aspirant on wheels have planned for the near future? “To race and come first as many times as I can.”

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