Formula 4 Southeast Asian championship, Thailand.
One of India’s top female racecar driver Sneha Sharma leads the women’s category after round three of the Formula 4 South East Asian Championship, at the Chang international Circuit, Thailand. She now leads the women’s cup in the Formula 4 Southeast Asian championship
Sneha won the trophy in each of the four races and went on to win the cup for women in Thailand. She clocked a best time of 1:46:6 to finish in the top eight against eleven racers from different countries, mostly European.
The 28-old who is also an airline captain by profession is sponsored by Indigo airlines and JK Tyre. She debuted in a Formula 4 Race car for team Mertius at Buri Ram in Thailand. She took part in all four races in the championship and lapped the best time of 1:46:6 finishing at top eight in the overall category and first in her category, making her the current leader of her class in the 2019 championship. Sneha was at the first position in race two and second position in race three, giving her the chance to score good points for the overall season
The Chang Circuit is famously known for its Moto GP Racing, which has seen the likes of Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez in action. This series of Formula 4 ran alongside the Formula 3 Asia and the Blancpain GT Series, making it one of the biggest motorsport events in Asia.
“I am totally excited with my second international victory this year,” Sneha said, “I had fun on the track, driving the races back to back and being part of the wheel-to-wheel action all the way till the chequered flag against such competitive drivers.”
She also said that a microchip in the car analyzed her driving and the data helped her become better with each race. “The data analysis by the engineers and driver coach was amazing. It helped me stay with the pack and put up a great fight,” she explained.
“I was hoping for a good finish in Race 2 in which I began on Pole but I was hit by another driver and had to work hard to recover and get into the points. I must say it wasn’t easy as the car requires a lot of physical strength, apart from skill to drive.,” she added.
The 4th round of Formula 4 Southeast Asian championship is scheduled for June 21, again in Thailand. In all, there will be seven more rounds through Asia, including two in India in July.