Racer Aishwarya Pissay became the 1st Indian to claim a world title in motorsports after finishing fourth in the final round of the women’s category at FIM World Cup in Hungary. The 23-year-old completed the rally with 65 points overall, winning the title by a margin of four points. Pissay also finished second in the FIM Junior category on Sunday.
Racer Aishwarya Pissay became the 1st Indian to claim a world title in motorsports, annexing the FIM World Cup in the women’s category after the final round of the championship in Hungary.
The 23-year old from Bengaluru also finished second in the FIM Junior category on Sunday.
Aishwarya, who won the first round in Dubai & was placed 3rd [Portugal], fifth [Spain] & fourth [Hungary] in the subsequent outings, finished with a tally of 65 points, just four ahead of Portugal’s Rita Vieira in the final overall standings for women.
She was placed second in the junior category with 46 points, behind championship winner Tomas de Gavardo  of Chile.
Going into the Hungarian Baja, Aishwarya  & Vieira  were the top contenders for the World Cup. The fourth-place finish earned the Indian 13 points while Vieira, who was placed third, garnered 16.
“It’s absolutely overwhelming. I am out of words. After what happened last year, my first international season, when I crashed in Spain Baja & suffered career-threatening injuries, to come out & win the championship, is a great feeling,” an ecstatic Aishwarya said after the podium ceremonies.
“It was a tough phase of my life, but I believed in myself & was determined to get back on the bike which I did after nearly six months. So, winning the World Cup is huge for me & I will look to better my performance having gained this experience,” she added.
Aishwarya is scheduled to return to Bengaluru in the early hours of Wednesday.