Mahindra To Bring Ace Iranian Rally Driver Laleh Seddigh To India

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Laleh started driving at the age of 13. Always passionate about cars and driving, Laleh is popularly referred to as the "Little Schumacher". In fact, she is the only female driver to be given permission by the Iranian authorities to participate in an otherwise male-dominated bastion in her home country.

With many accolades to her credit spanning her illustrious career, Laleh has proved her mettle in the motorsport circuit in Iran, securing many podium finishes and first places across races and rallies.

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 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."

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Story first published: Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 16:09 [IST]
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