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 - the official support race the Saudia Diriyah E-Prix - Juffali took to the track at the Diriyah Circuit in the official qualifying round on Friday morning.
Her fastest lap of the demanding track created in the heart of the Unesco World Heritage site was completed in 1 min 39 seconds, just over five seconds behind the pole position.
“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,” said Juffali, who hails from the western city of Jeddah and was educated in the United States.
“I’m a year into racing and here I am now about to race at home which is an incredible feeling,” added the 27-year-old who made her motoring debut just months after the decades-old ban on women driving in the kingdom was lifted by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as part of his wide-ranging liberalisation drive.
Juffali made one of her first appearances in competitive racing at the F4 British Championship at Brands Hatch in April.