Saudi Reema Juffali to make F4 debut at Brands Hatch

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Reema Juffali (center) celebrates winning the final round of the TRD 86 Cup (Silver Category) at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi in this file photo.

Saudi Reema Juffali to make F4 debut at Brands Hatch

BRANDS HATCH —Saudi Arabia's first female racing driver Reema Juffali will make her F4 British Championship debut at Brands Hatch this weekend.

Juffali, 27, will drive for defending champions Double R Racing alongside Louis Foster and Sebastian Alvarez.

She made her competitive racing debut in October 2018 — just months after the Kingdom lifted a ban on female drivers.

"It's such a great thing for me to do and represent my country," she said. "Brands Hatch is the heart of motorsport," Jeddah-born Juffali added.

Saudi Arabia issued driving licenses to women for the first time in decades in June 2018, as it lifted its ban.

Within five months, Juffali was competing in two-seater racing and has now progressed to single-seater racing.

"It's going to be a tough year in such a competitive championship, but I'm ready for the challenge," she said. — SG


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