RIYADH, Saudi Arabia 23 November 2019: Reema Juffali has become the first Saudi Arabian female racer to drive competitively in the kingdom.
As the VIP driver in the Jaguar I-Pace e-Trophy, Reema took to the track at the Diriyah Circuit in the official qualifying round this morning ahead of her first race later yesterday.
She completed her fastest lap of the demanding track created in the heart of the Unesco World Heritage site in 1 min 39 seconds, a little over 5 second behind the pole position.
She will go into the official championship race at the back of the grid, but that takes nothing away from the moment for the young driver from Jeddah.
Ahead of the race she said: “I am very excited, I never thought this day would come, or at least I didn’t know when and it came a lot sooner than expected. I’m a year into racing and here I am now about to race at home which is an incredible feeling.”
The Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy series is the official support race the Saudia Diriyah E-Prix the opening double header for the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.