Anjali Anto from New Delhi emerged as the winner of the first edition of Red Bull Catch Up.
With this victory, Anjali has earned the title of ‘India’s fastest amateur female kart racer’ and won a trip to watch the Singapore GP of the 2018 Formula 1 season in September.
The qualifying rounds of the tournament were conducted at SMAAASH SkyKarting in Gurgaon and Mumbai from 6th February to 3rd March. More than 600 amateur female racers participated in the tournament, and the 10 women to post the fastest timings in each city advanced to the national finals conducted in Gurgaon on 8th March.
At the national finals, four groups of five racers each were put on the track in the national qualifying rounds. They raced against Mira Erda, who started last in each race. The objective for the amateurs was to avoid being overtaken by Mira and finish first. The winners of each national qualifier advanced to the national final, where they raced against Mira again.
Red Bull Catch Up National Final results:
- 1st Place – Anjali Anto from New Delhi (37.338 secs lap time)
- 2nd Place – Aman Jubbal from New Delhi (38.399 secs lap time)
- Finalists – Siri Reddy from New Delhi and Malvika Tibrewala from Mumbai were the other finalists; both were overtaken by Mira Erda in the final race.
From her early days as a kart racer in 2010, Mira has risen through the ranks of Indian motorsport to become the first Indian female racer to compete in the Euro JK series. She was glad that India would discover more female racers through tournaments like Red Bull Catch Up.
“I am extremely elated to be associated with Red Bull who has always encouraged aspiring female motorsport enthusiasts through tournaments like Red Bull Kart Fight and Red Bull Catch Up. Today will always be special for me as I shared the track with ambitious women racers from around the country,” Mira said at the national final.