Inspiring drift racer blazes a global trail

Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team

Palestinian driver is part of an all-female racing team.

Drift racing star Noor Daoud has broken down numerous barriers in her life and in 2017 revealed how she confounded Arab society’s expectations and spoke of her passion to promote the sport.

Here’s all you need to know:

– Daoud launched her motorsport career in 2009 when she took part in a speed test, graduating to the high octane world of drifting two years later.

– She is also a qualified personal trainer and enjoys skydiving and Muay Thai Boxing.

– Growing up in the occupied West Bank in Palestine, she credits her mother for giving her the courage to explore the world of drift racing. She would borrow her mum’s car and go drift in supermarket car parks, within range of Israeli guns.

– Along with Mona Ali, Marah Zahalka and Betty Saadeh, Daoud is part of a racing team that competes against male drivers in souped-up BMWs, Volkswagens and Datsuns.

– This like-minded group of drivers, called the ‘Speed Sisters’ compete around the world and were part of an award-winning documentary.

– She said: “Many people didn’t want me to go into this sport, I endured a lot of negativity, but I never gave up and I never will. It’s my life, my passion, the only thing that really makes me happy. I believe that if someone wants something bad enough, they will achieve it.”

– Discussing her all-female driving team, she said: “We’re one team – we love and support each other. We’re Middle-eastern girls representing Palestine, so it wasn’t easy for us to form a team and to race.”

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