26 / 27 June
Trailblazing Saudi Arabian racer Reema Juffali steps up to the BRDC British F3 Championship with Douglas Motorsport this season, her first season of F3-level competition.
The first female racing driver from the Middle Eastern country graduates to British F3 after two seasons in the British F4 category, and feels she will make strong progress this season.
“It’s good to be here,” she enthused. “It’s super fun, I’m loving the car and I’m really enjoying the step up. I’m getting my head around it, it’s a lot more responsive and I feel I’m going to make good steps here.
“I’ve made good progress in every session which is good for me; the more I’m out on track the more confident I’m getting. I haven’t had any wet days which is quite surprising! But so far, so good.”
Juffali’s career has been a rollercoaster ride so far. Having only secured her racing licence in 2017, she’s progressed quickly through the ranks.
“I can’t believe it’s been almost three years now; my first year I was thrown into the deep end and was learning everything very quickly. Now I feel I finally understand what I need to be doing and understanding the connection to the car, the tracks and conditions. The processing is getting easier and hopefully I can make some good headway this season.”
As well as her two campaigns in British F4, the Jeddah resident has also competed in touring cars and the TRD86 championship in Abu Dhabi, and made a guest appearance in the Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy Series supporting Formula E. She feels that experience is also proving useful in her career development.
“The variety of cars that I have driven so far has been really helpful in my progression and understanding of how things work. It’s been good in single seaters especially, just for that raw connection that I’ve been getting. With these cars the downforce is also a new thing and hopefully sooner or later I’ll get my head around it.”
As for expectations, she’s keeping those in check ahead of the season, but is hoping for silverware by the end of 2021.
“I think the top-10 would be nice at the beginning of the season, but you always want to be on the podium.”
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