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Racer Reema Juffali amps up motorsport action in the kingdom

She launched a platform to support enthusiasts to participate in motorsport through various engineering, mechanical, and commercial internships apprenticeship programs.

[Source photo: Anvita Gupta/Fast Company Middle East]

Reema Juffali, Saudi Arabia’s first female racing driver, is extending her passion beyond the track. She has launched Theeba Motorsport to support enthusiasts to learn and participate in motorsport through various engineering, mechanical, and commercial internships apprenticeship programs.

Theeba Motorsport will improve Saudi access, participation, and representation in the motorsport industry and has announced entry onto motor racing’s GT3 world stage in 2022.

In 2019, Juffali made history by becoming the first Saudi Arabian woman to compete in an international race in her home country.  “After a very successful debut weekend in the International GT Open with SPS Automotive, I’m very proud to announce the formation of Theeba Motorsport and to unveil our plans for the 2022 season,” Juffali said in a statement.

“As a team, we have a purpose that extends far beyond the race track, and it is our ambition to improve Saudi Arabian representation and access to motorsport. While we want to create a place in racing for the kingdom, we also want to create opportunities and provide a space for Saudi people to get involved in a series of hands-on internship and apprenticeship programs. This will hopefully culminate in a majority Saudi team one day racing at the Le Mans 24 Hours.”

Theeba Motorsport would take its first competitive steps at this year’s International GT Open Championship – one of Europe’s highest tiers of GT3 racing.

“International GT Open in 2022 will offer a competitive platform to race while also allowing the chance to develop and learn. This is only the first step and a starting point in a long journey to find Saudi Arabia’s place in the motor racing world, and I’m extremely excited to see what the future holds,” the statement read.

 Following a winning debut at Estoril with SPS Automotive, Juffali will participate in all remaining races in the Mercedes-AMG GT3 EVO, partnering with a long-time driver coach and renowned GT ace, Adam Christodoulou.

After its Estoril season-opener, the International GT Open will visit six other circuits in 2022, racing at Paul Ricard, Spa, the Hungaroring, Red Bull Ring, Monza, and Barcelona in 12 races May-October.

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