Nabila Tejpar – Walero Ambassador
“It is so important to be able to keep your focus and stay alert in a sport that has such minimal margins for error. It isn’t ideal to have to worry about the temperature when you’re competing on events, that can have stages up to 40 Km in length, and could reach 30 degrees plus. This is why Walero is a game changer! The technology used allows you to keep cool, be comfortable, and stay in the zone throughout the day. It helps regulate your temperature in the car, and allows you to make sure you are getting the best out of yourself.”
Nabila Tejpar – FIA European Rally Championship Junior Series
Nabila is the third generation of rally drivers in her family.
Both her grandfather and father competed in the sport, it was perhaps inevitable she would follow in their footsteps.
She is also the only Asian female in Europe competing in Rallying. Stepping into a rally car at just 15 years of age, Nabila’s passion and energy for driving was harnessed throughout her teens, ensuring the required experience was established before entering her first event.
In 2015, Nabila contested her first rally in a Proton Satria, entering several club events that year to gain the required licence to step up to a national level. Just one year later, she progressed into the British Rally Championship Cadet Cup in a Ford Fiesta R2, to learn the events and gain experience at the top level in the UK. In 2017, her skills were highlighted, becoming Ladies Champion, securing her first podium and rounded off the season by making her World Rally Championship debut at Wales Rally GB.
2018 Nabila embarked on the toughest challenge of her career by heading into Europe to broaden her knowledge of events outside the UK. Stepping into a Peugeot 208 R2 she headed to Spain and Portugal to contest the Peugeot Sport Iberica Cup. Alongside her foreign campaign, Nabila would also return to the British Rally Championship in a bid to retain the coveted Ladies title. The season was also littered with outings in the World Rally Championship, taking on the best drivers in the world, in some of the toughest conditions imaginable for a driver.
Despite limited experience at this level and rapid rise to the top, as well as having to learn each and every event contested in 2018, Nabila showed huge potential throughout the year, both at home and abroad. Her success in Britain ensured she retained the Ladies title for a second year in a row, whilst her Iberica Cup campaign saw her take a class podium in Portugal.
Closing out 2018 Nabila also became Essex TV Sportsperson of the year, and Peugeot Rally Cup Iberica Ladies Champion.
2019 will be the busiest season in her career, branching out into the ultra-competitive FIA European Rally Championship Junior series. As well as continuing outings in both the Peugeot Rally cup Iberica, and British Rally Championship. She has also been shortlisted for the Asian Womens Awards Sports award, in association with Natwest and Women of the Future.