Saudi Arabia’s first feminine Formulation 3 driver Reema Juffali says she has her sights set on a prime 10 end after competing within the opening spherical of the 2021 BRDC British F3 Championship.
The Jeddah-born driver, 29, produced a stable show on the first race of the 2021 season at Manufacturers Hatch, the place she made her Formulation 3 debut.
As the one feminine competing within the occasion, there’s a pure curiosity in Juffali’s performances, and she or he is actually comfortable to play an element in breaking down boundaries in what could be a male-dominated surroundings.
“To be trustworthy, it’s not one thing I spend quite a lot of time eager about,” she says. “For positive, different drivers check me out generally to see what I’m fabricated from – to see how far they’ll push me, however they’d do that no matter my gender. I’m assured, I’ve a powerful aggressive spirit and I thrive on a problem.
“There are occasions I stroll by the paddock and I perceive that I stand out, however it has by no means been an issue for me. If I’m serving to to vary attitudes then this will solely be an excellent factor.”
After studying to drive whereas learning within the US, Juffali was in a position to dedicate extra time to her ardour in 2018, when it was made authorized for females to get behind the wheel in Saudi Arabia.
Having set her sights on attaining her dream, Juffali made her debut as an expert racer later the identical yr, earlier than subsequently transferring to Formulation 4 in 2019, competing in each the British and UAE Championships.
Earlier this yr, Juffali introduced she was making the transition from Formulation 4 to affix Douglas Motorsport within the BRDC British Formulation 3 Championship and, having competed within the first spherical of race motion, she is keen to kick on.
“It was implausible to be again in motion and to have followers in attendance made it all of the extra particular – the thrill throughout all the weekend was actually there, and so was the anticipation amongst everybody concerned for the season forward,” Juffali explains.
“By way of racing this was the primary weekend and it was very a lot about getting again into the groove and again into race mode. Racing on the complete monitor configuration at Manufacturers Hatch with such restricted testing time, particularly within the moist, was all the time going to be a problem. I’m superb with the way it went however I all the time anticipate extra from myself. However the workforce are actually behind me, I’m studying lots and I’m taking the positives from each expertise.
“I had household and buddies with me all through the weekend which was necessary and I’m now wanting ahead to my dad and mom becoming a member of me for future races. My household and buddies are such a supply of ethical assist.”
With the primary spherical of motion now full, Juffali has time to take inventory and put together for the following assembly, which takes place at Silverstone in June.
Sensibly setting herself each quick and long-term targets, and with the backing of a passionate Saudi fanbase, she is to not be underestimated.
“I take one race at a time and the rapid objective is a prime ten end, which I want to then preserve all through the season,” she says.
“Then I look to prime six and genuinely I wish to take a podium end in some unspecified time in the future. It is extremely a lot about making regular progress, profiting from the alternatives and placing the hours in on and off the monitor to make this season all it may be.
“It’s an thrilling time for Saudi Arabia generally and I’m proud to be a part of that story. It’s nice to know folks within the nation are fascinated about what I’m doing and assist me.”
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