The 47 year-old wife of a Mumbai cop became the first woman in 13 years to win the Himalayan Car Rally, making it to the Limca Book of Records

This should shut up all those men who wait for an opportunity to make a jibe against women drivers.

Mumbai-based homemaker and wife of senior police inspector Sanjay Rangnekar, Sampada Rangnekar has become the first 'Best Woman Driver' at the Himalayan Car Rally, making it to the Limca Book of Records. Rangnekar is the first woman in 13 years to bag the honour.

Sampada Rangnekar (left) with Padmaja Bhosale, an official
from the rally team

The 47 year-old resident of police colony in Bandra (East) was a participant at the world's highest motorsport battle arena, at the event organised between October 11 and 16 by the Jammu and Kashmir government.

The drive kicked off in Shimla and took participants through Manali, Leh, Khardungla, Wari La to Nubra and wound up at Srinagar, covering a total of 2050 kilometers. A total of 291 participants including 10 women participated in the rally. Fifty two of the 75 registered vehicles made it to the final round.

"We were informed that the temperatures would hit -5 degree Celsius but it dropped to -12 degree Celsius. You have to be physically and mentally strong. It is  definitely something to be the first woman to win the competition in 13 years," said Rangnekar.

The motorsport enthusiast who travelled 6,800 kilometers from Mumbai to Shimla, and was felicitated by Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah, has made it to the Limca book but has now set her eyes on the Guinness World Records.
In July, Rangnekar won the Mahindra Monsoon Challenge, a time, speed and distance rally that took her through Aurangabad, Kolhapur and Goa over four days.