Noor Daoud was the only woman to take to the track in Egypt’s Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, where the Palestinian racer impressed the crowds with her “drift” driving skills.
Daoud has mastered the art of drift — deliberately oversteering to make the rear wheels skid — and traveled to Sharm el-Sheikh for a regional competition.
VIDEO: Noor Daoud was the only woman to take to the track in Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, where the Palestinian racer impressed the crowds with her "drift" driving skills pic.twitter.com/0ba5uQKjAx
— AFP news agency (@AFP) October 10, 2018
On the sidelines of the competition, the 27-year-old said:
“Since I was little I’ve become used to meeting up with the guys to play football or tennis.”
Racing now dominates her life, she explained after she zigzagged in Sharm el-Sheikh around the tarmac track and dodged obstacles as thick white smoke and sparks came off her car.
There are more women racing cars in the region, including four other Palestinians who featured alongside Daoud in a “Speed Sisters” documentary.
— silosenovengo (@Amete) October 10, 2018
It has been more than a decade since Daoud first raced, borrowing a car from her mother who she credits as being the sole supporter of her ambitions.
She learned drifting “on the streets of Palestine” in 2010, before moving to Dubai where she now lives.
But drifting is more than just sport and spectacle for Daoud.
— UK ⚔️ (@UmarKamran96) October 10, 2018
“We are under occupation so this helps us, it helps me to drive to feel free.”
“I want to show the world that just because we are under occupation, it doesn’t mean we will stay holed up in our homes.”
Palestinian champion Noor Daoud racing for women and freedom :
"At first, in #Palestine, people would say to me : The sport is for the guys! I didn't listen to anyone…"
"We are under occupation so this helps us, it helps me to drive to feel free".
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— Aziz El Massassi (@AzizElMassassi) October 10, 2018
East Jerusalem and the West Bank have been occupied by Israel since 1967.
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