- F4 British Championship newcomer says range of circuits on calendar provides the perfect platform to be ‘thrown out in the deep end’.
- Juffali underlines pride at representing Saudi Arabia as she begins her journey on the FIA’s single-seater ladder.
- New season begins at Brands Hatch over the weekend of 6th – 7th April.
Reema Juffali says the range of UK circuits on the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost calendar makes it the perfect place to ‘be put on the edge’ as she prepares for her debut this weekend at Brands Hatch.
The 27-year old, who made history as the first female racing driver from Saudi Arabia, will join reigning champions Double R Racing alongside Louis Foster and championship returnee Sebastian Alvarez.
Despite having only contested a handful of races thus far in the TRD 86 Cup and MRF Challenge, she put in a competitive showing at the Ford EcoBoost-powered series’ recent Media Day.
The triple-header around the 1.19-mile Indy circuit at Brands Hatch will represent her first steps on the FIA single-seater ladder, a journey that Juffali says is beginning in the UK due to its position as the ‘heart of motorsport’.
“First and foremost it’s the heart of motorsport, whenever I’ve been watching the little that I did know was always UK-based so that was the first clue,” explained Juffali.
“In terms of tracks, I think this is the most complex set of circuits that we have in the calendar and for me, someone who has no experience, I think it’s a good place to be put on the edge and be thrown out in the deep end.”
She also underlined her pride at representing Saudi Arabia in Britain’s FIA-sanctioned Formula 4 series, and thanked her family, friends and fans for their support thus far.
“It’s a great honour for me. It’s something I didn’t really think about until quite late in life, I want to say maybe about three or four years ago that I started thinking about the idea of racing. To be here today is quite unbelievable and to have done it in such a short space of time, I’m very grateful and happy about that.
“In terms of being from Saudi Arabia, it’s such a great thing for me to do and represent my country and it’s a good time in Saudi to be doing such a thing and all the support I’ve gotten from friends, family, people I don’t even know, has been fantastic and it’s only been pushing me to do better.”
She also shed some light on the early team-mate dynamic between herself, Foster and Alvarez, with the trio already working together to the Woking-based team’s benefit.
“They’ve been great. They have more experience than I do, so I find that every time I have a question or query, they’re happy to help. There’s a good atmosphere with the team as well and they’re quite quick, so I’m hoping to follow their lead.”
Once again in 2019, the F4 British Championship holds a unique role as the sole single-seater support series on the UK’s premier motorsport package – the British Touring Car Championship.
That in itself guarantees capacity trackside crowds exceeding some 30,000 spectators at most events, as well as live, free-to-air television coverage nationwide on ITV4.
The new season begins at Brands Hatch on 6th-7th April.