Meet The Pakistani Woman Who Made ‘Women’s Category’ In Rally Racing A Reality

Tushna Patel is the woman who was brave enough to sit in her Vigo 3,000cc and compete against male competitors in the 2013 Jhal Magsi Desert Challenge.

That day, she might have ended up in the fourth place in category B, but her presence in the race convinced local motor sports club to include a ‘women’s category’ in rally racing for the first time in Pakistan.

Spouse to the prominent name in rally racing, Ronnie Patel, Tushna is a parent to two kids and a school principal responsible for running 3 branches. But Racing has always been her passion.

The first time I participated in a rally race, it was not to win but to show that women, too, can do it. I wanted to encourage other women

This year in the Cholistan Rally, she lost to Jamila Asif. But this didn’t stop her motivation for coming back again for another round. She is extremely happy that she can now compete with other women drivers in Pakistan. This is only making her dream come true; more women entering the sports scene.

When asked if she enjoyed being a principal or a rally racer, she said:

The principal’s role is my profession and rally racing is my passion.

Watch the BBC video for more details on Tushna Patel


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