British Rally champ Nabila Tejpar: Rallying is not just for men


Nabila Tejpar from Essex competes worldwide and is the 2018 Ladies British Rally Championship Trophy Winner.

Despite her recent success, the 25-year-old had to battle against her parents' wishes to prove it was the right career path to follow. Alongside competing, Nabila is paving the way for more women to take up the sport. 

The champion was introduced to Motorsport by her father and first got into a car at the age of 15 when she decided to pursue the sport as a career, however, her parents had other ideas and insisted that as a young woman, she had to prioritise education over rallying. 

Nabila had to put her passion for driving on hold for four years in order to fulfil her parents' wishes and moved to the U.S. where she achieved a degree in International Business, Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Relations. 

After her studies, the then 20-year-old plunged herself into the world of rallying as she started training with Bill Gwynne at his rally school and competed at the Eifel Rally in Germany.

Her rise to success came in 2016 as she joined the MH Motorsport team. Having only been driving in the new Fiesta R2 for three months, Nabila competed in the Circuit of Ireland and managed to finish 4th in class and 1st in the European Ladies Championship, despite it being her only second event.

In the same year, she competed in the largest British Championship and finished 8th out of the juniors, and shortly after became the BRC Ladies Champion in 2017, which she then retained in 2018. 

Nabila has since branched out to compete abroad to expand her experience which will help her ambition to secure yet more titles. 

Despite her young age, Nabila was named Essex Sportsperson of the Year in 2018 for her achievements and work towards raising the visibility of the sport. 

'"There were a lot of people in the room didn’t really know what rallying is and when they realised an Asian female is contesting events at World Championship level, it really surprised them," said Nabila.

In a recent interview, she expressed her desire to motivate more women and girls to get involved in Rallying and Motorsport.

Nabila is usually the most inexperienced driver when competing, but she's adamant that that shouldn't stop anyone pursuing their interest.

"I’m the most inexperienced of the contenders but that won’t stop me trying for a win. I’m excited to see what happens," she added.

The Essex-born driver is aiming to win three more titles this year whilst working on maximising the visibility of female Rally drivers. 

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