The first Emirati female racing driver returns to racing with her sportscar debut: Amna Al Qubaisi will drive the WS Racing 'Girls Only' LMP3 prototype in the STT series at Hockenheim.
The first female Emirati racing driver made her F3 debut earlier this year, when she contested the Formula Regional Asian Championship campaign in a Abu Dhabi by Prema entry - also scoring her first points.
Amna Al Qubaisi was then supposed to continue her season in Europe but, when a sponsor pulled out, she was forced to put her racing plans on hold. Finally, her return to the track will happen in two weeks' time, as Al Qubaisi announced she will join WS Racing for a round of the German STT series at Hockenheim, making her sportscar debut in the team's LMP3 machine.
The team runs the all-female program 'Girls Only', which has been making waves in GT racing in Germany - including a Nurburgring 24H class victory in 2020 with Carrie Schreiner, Pippa Mann, Célia Martin and Christina Nielsen.
The team crowdfunded a LMP3 program and has been testing the prototype with Schreiner and Martin in the past; while Amna Al Qubaisi's involvement with the project so far is said to be limited to this appearance, her single seater experience could be a very valuable asset in a prototype program.
Al Qubaisi - whose younger sister Hamda is currently racing in Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine - contested two seasons in the ultra-competitive Italian Formula 4 championship, before making history in 2019, when she won the F4 Trophy, a support race to the F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. She became the first Arab woman to win a single-seater race - and continued to be a groundbreaking athlete that inspires new generations of Arab women.
STT (Spezial Tourenwagen Trophy) is a multi-class racing series running alongside the ADAC Racing Weekend. The sixth round of the 2022 season will be hosted at the 4.574 km-long Hockenheimring, home of the German Grand Prix until 2019, from 30th September to 2nd October. The ADAC Racing Weekend also includes GTC Race, Tourenwagen Junior Cup and Tourenwagen Legenden.