In motorsport we definitely need more female role models

Saudi Arabia’s first female racing driver and founder of Theeba Motorsport, Reema Juffali, has established herself as an inspiration and role model to female athletes in Saudi Arabia and across the world.

Reema developed an interest in cars at an early age and made history in 2018 by becoming the first-ever female racing driver to come from Saudi Arabia.

Following a promising debut season in 2019, she again trailblazed by becoming the first Saudi Arabian woman to compete in an international race in her home country, racing on the streets of Riyadh in the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY.

In 2021, she competed in the GB3 Championship before making her endurance racing debut at the 2022 Dubai 24 Hours where she finished second in class.

Reema subsequently founded Theeba Motorsport to facilitate Saudi Arabian access to and participation in motor racing through a variety of educational opportunities and programmes. The team made its first appearance in the 2022 International GT Open and secured victory on debut – an achievement which made Reema the first Saudi woman to win an international motor race – before scoring a vice championship title in the series' Pro-Am class.

2023 saw Reema participating in the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe; a season in which Reema continued to make history by being the first ever female and the first Saudi Arabian driver to secure a pole position in the Sprint Cup.

It is Reema’s ambition to break further ground by one day racing in the prestigious Le Mans 24 Hours with Theeba Motorsport under a Saudi Arabian licence – a goal she will edge closer to by competing in the GT World Challenge.

Reema continues to make waves in motorsport after being named as one of the world's most inspiring and influential women by the BBC in 2022, and as the main protagonist in the 2023 Mercedes AMG International Women’s Day campaign.

In 2024, she has just been confirmed as a special ‘wild card’ entry in the first round of the ground-breaking 2024 F1 Academy season, which will be taking place in her home town of Jeddah as part of the FORMULA 1 STC SAUDI ARABIAN GRAND PRIX 2024 on March 7th – 9th.

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