Women need to cross mental fear: Maithili
Maithili Bhobe, one of the stars at Mahindra Great Escape 2018, feels more and more ladies should participate in these kind of events so that they lose their fear
women equally competent with men in the off-road events? This has been proved by Maithili
Bhobe after winning the Mahindra Great Escape semi-final round held in South
Goa on Sunday. The final will be held next year at Igatpuri, Nashik.
Maithili, a residence Ribandar, was at her best after she
crossed four of the five stages without any hesitation and fear. The fourth
round was the toughest as the full track was filled with water, which needed
extra efforts and experience. However, for Maithili it was not so tough with
her husband (Kapil) as her co-driver. “I did not manage to cross the first
hurdle as it was just the beginning. The track was not that difficult but my
vehicle was a stock (not modified) one.
Since it didn’t have any lockers it lost power on the climb and
it slipped and hit the bunting and I had to opt out. But it was an open mind
after that and I decided to go all out. I managed to cross the next three
hurdles very easily taking advantage of the maximum number of flags”, Maithili
Maithili has won this event held in Goa three years in a row and
is also competing for the final this year. She has also won in Lonavala in
The Mahindra Great Escape is held every year.
A look at the track often brings fear in the mind of a driver.
Did she feel the same? Maithili was honest and brave enough to admit that “sometimes
there are two minds but after all it depends on overcoming the mental fear.”
“Along with my husband Kapil, I have been participating in most
of the off road driving events held all over India. This is my fifth time I am
taking part in this event (Mahindra Great Escape). I have won more than ten
trophies overall and hope I can make it to the podium at Nashik and increase my
tally in the final”, she quipped.
“The track was very good but challenging. But with the help of
my co-driver (my husband) I managed to cross it very easily. He is excellent as
a co-driver and helps me a lot especially on a hard track.
Usually when we have two events at two different locations we
participate separately in two different vehicles but this is the first time
that we both are participating in the same vehicle”, she added.
“We go for trials on
Saturday/Sundays with family and friends from where we gain experience. If we
see a hurdle on the way we try to attempt it from where we get a hang over it,”
Maithili told Herald Cafe.
How far are women
compared to the male participants in the off-road events? Maithili informed
that every event she participates her score is more than the stock category
which shows that females too are capable of tough challenges.
“I feel that more and
more ladies should participate in these kind of events so that they lose their
fear”, she added.
Maithili there was another female participant in the event.
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