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Reema Juffali joins eTrophy grid for Saudi Arabia

Reema Juffali, the first female racing driver from Saudi Arabia, will race the VIP car in her home Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy round.

The second year of the eTrophy will kick off with a double header event in Riyadh.

Last year’s season opener, at the same track, was plagued with bad weather and the I-Pace was forced to miss qualifying due to rain.

Juffali will make history as the first Saudi Arabian woman to compete in an international racing series on home soil.

“I am thrilled to be the Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy VIP driver for the first race of season two,” she said. “I can’t wait to be out on track racing on home soil for the first time.

“The series has highlighted the innovation and progress of motorsport, giving more opportunity for men and women to compete together in cool electric race cars. It’s going to be an amazing weekend I can’t wait to be out on the grid.”

Juffali began racing only months after Saudi Arabia lifted its ban on women driving, entering the 2018 UAE TRD 86 Cup.

Her first single seater outing came in the MRF Challenge, before she joined the 2019 British Formula 4 grid with Double R Racing. She finished 13th in the championship, with a best result of eighth.

“We are so excited to have Reema join us in Diriyah as our VIP driver,” said series manager Mark Turner. “Her progress in her first year of single-seater racing is very impressive. To have the first Saudi Arabian woman to compete in an international racing series within he Kingdom is a major milestone for the sport, and one Jaguar Racing are immensely proud to be able to support.”

Juffali is the eighth driver to be conformed for the season opener later this month, with Caca Bueno and Alice Powell among the full-time drivers competing at the event.

 

Bethonie Waring

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