India’s Atiqa Mir finishes third overall in DAMC Championship 2024 UAE

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Atiqa Mir continued her fine run of impressive performances in the Dubai Autodrome Championship finishing third overall in the championship. She achie

Atiqa Mir continued her fine run of impressive performances in the Dubai Autodrome Championship finishing third overall in the championship. She achieved this feat despite missing the fourth round of races as they clashed with her races in Italy

Atiqa topped the official practice on Saturday with the fastest lap time of the weekend and went on to score multiple podium finishes on Sunday

Atiqa Mir continued her fine run of impressive performances in the DAMC (Dubai Autodrome Championship) finishing third overall in the championship. She achieved this feat despite missing the fourth round of races as they clashed with her races in Italy.

In Round 5 which was held in sweltering temperatures at the Dubai Kartdrome, Atiqa continued her impressive run winning Race 2 and finishing third in Race 1 before finishing the final race in third.

Atiqa topped the official practice on Saturday with the fastest lap time of the weekend and was confident going into the races on Sunday.

Atiqa started Race 1 in 10th position as DAMC followed a random grid without a qualifying race and Race 2 in 1st. In Race 1 Atiqa was in top form passing 7 cars on her way to 3rd place. In Race 2, the youngster was at the top pace and ended up winning the race. Going into the finals, a confident Atiqa who had qualified 2nd was in line for a win. However, she lost pace in the finals and could not challenge for victory, eventually finishing the Final in 3rd place after getting a penalty for Track Limits.

Speaking after the race Atiqa said, “I was driving a Rotax after 3 months and had to adjust my driving a lot. I set the pace in practice and was happy with my speed and felt confident about winning the event. After winning a heat and 3rd in the other, starting on the front row in the finals the win was there for the taking but I lost pace at a crucial time and had to settle for 3rd after getting a penalty for track limits. This was the last race of the UAE season and now we are off to drive in India and Europe for the summer. I would like to thank my supporters and my Team for all their support”.

This round of races caps a successful 2023-24 season for the 9-year-old prodigy where she won numerous races, and pole positions and also set the record for the fastest lap.

She finished as the Vice Champion in the IAME National Championship to add to her 2nd Runner Up in the DAMC Championship.

Atiqa Mir, a 9-year-old karting sensation from Kashmir, India, is the youngest and fastest Indian in four-wheel motorsports. Starting her journey at age five, inspired by her father, Asif Nazir Mir – India’s first National Karting Champion, Atiqa quickly rose to become the highest-ranked female driver globally under 10.

Competing in the Micro Max and Mini x30 categories, Atiqa has consistently finished in the top 5 in the UAE National IAME and ROTAX Championships. She also secured a podium spot in the UAE IAME National Karting Championship (Mini R category) and runner-up positions in the DAMC and Middle East Cup 2023. She represents the George Gibbons Motorsports (GGM) team.

First Published Date: 04 Jun 2024, 21:28 PM IST

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