Laleh Seddigh, Iran's top-tier lady circuit and rally driver is all set to visit India on November 19, 2015. At the invitation of team Mahindra Adventure, Iran’s ace lady rallyist will also exchange views & experiences with Mahindra Adventure motorsport drivers, on the leisure activity of the rally at the Bengaluru stage of the Indian Rally Championship.
A name which is quite renowned within the Iranian Motorsport circuit, and also ppopularly by the name of "Little Schumacher", Laleh started driving at the tender age of 13. In fact, she is the only female driver to be given permission by the Iranian authorities to participate otherwise male dominated bastion in her home country. With many accolades to her credit spanning her illustrious career, Laleh has proved her hardihood in the motorsport circuit in Iran, securing many podium finishes and first places across races and rallies. Not only this, her determination was on such a countless measure that even her story was featured in a documentary called Girl Racer transmitted in 2008.
Speaking on the occasion, Anand Mahindra, Chairman, Mahindra Group said, “I would like to welcome Laleh to India and it is our pleasure to host her. Women are proving themselves in the professions which had otherwise been male dominated for years and Laleh has played her cards with much confidence. A role model for the youth who wants to excel not just in motorsports but in any arena, she epitomizes the spirit of women empowerment like no other. Having stormed the male bastion of motorsport in her country and fighting all odds to come out on top, she clearly symbolizes the take on anything spirit. Finally, if anything, her achievements are completely in sync with our Rise philosophy of accepting no limits.”
Looking forward to her India trip, Laleh Seddigh said, “I am very excited to experience the motorsport scene in India and would like to thank team Mahindra Adventure for providing me this platform to exchange thoughts & experiences with their rally drivers. I cannot wait to watch the rally prepared Mahindra XUV500s in action, sliding and drifting off the curves. I truly believe that motorsport has immense potential to be recognized as a mainstream sport and in my own way I would like to encourage more people to take it up as their profession, as a serious sport. Such free flowing interactions will not only bring in cross country perspectives, but I am sure this will also provide the right impetus for more support and an increased visibility for a sport which so far has been a playground for a select few”.