Jeddah— The Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation (SAMF) has granted the necessary licenses for Saudi female drivers Dania Akeel and Mashael Al-Obeidan to participate in the Saudi Dakar Rally 2022, making them the first Saudi women in the race.
The two drivers will participate in the 44th edition of the Dakar Rally scheduled to begin on Jan. 1, 2022. The two will compete in the T3 category onboard Can-Am Maverick equipped by the South Racing team; light vehicles with speeds that can reach 135 kilometers per hour during the 600 kilometers per day under extreme conditions of 12 days.
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Mashael Al-Obeidan said: “The participation in this significant event in Saudi Arabia is like a dream coming true. I contacted the Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation to inquire about the possibility of receiving a license to compete.
As a result, I received a call from Prince Khalid Bin Sultan Al-Abdullah Al-Faisal, president of the federation; informing me of the federation’s approvals to participate in the race.
Dania Akeel completed several tests before receiving her license, said that the Saudi Dakar Rally 2022; with its diversified course, requires good psychological and fitness preparations for drivers.