JEDDAH (SAUDI ARABIA): The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has announced it will run Rally Jameel, an exciting new women’s only navigational rally, on March 17th-19th.
The event is the first women’s only off-road navigational rally-raid of its kind in Saudi Arabia and the GCC region. It follows hot on the heels of the Kingdom hosting the 44th Dakar Rally this month, where Saudi female racers Dania Akeel and Mashael Al-Obaidan are taking part in the FIA T3 category for lightweight prototype vehicles.
The event is being organised by Abdullatif Jameel Motors (Toyota) and Bakhashab Motorsports and sanctioned by the Saudi Automobile & Motorcycle Federation (SAMF).
Additional support for the project comes from FIA Women in Motorsport (WIMC), through the presidency of former world rally star Michèle Mouton, Jutta Kleinschmidt, the 2001 Dakar Rally winner and President of the FIA Cross-Country Rally Commission, and Aseel Al-Hamad, the Saudi WIMC representative.
Rally Jameel will see women’s driving and navigational skills tested over a three-day route between the north-central city of Hail and the capital Riyadh that includes hidden checkpoints and incorporates a race strategy needed to work with state-of-the-art navigational systems and road books. The route will pass Al-Qassim city with further details being announced on International Women’s Day on March 8th.