Nabila is a vibrant young woman, looking to make her mark in the world of motorsport. Having been introduced into Motorsport by her father, who caught the bug from his father who was a Safari specialist. It only then makes sense that as the third-generation Nabila had to carry the on the mantra. She got her first rally car at 15 and learnt how to drive around fields, this is when she realised that this was what she wanted to do! However due to educations commitments, she started competing later.
Nabila moved to the US in 2010 to complete high school in Florida and was accepted into University at American Universities, Kogod School of Business in Washington D.C, where she completed her degree, a BSBA in International Business, Entrepreneurship and Management and International relations at the end of 2014.
Nabila is the third generation of rally drivers in her family, with both her grandfather and father competing 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.
Leading into 2020 Nabila had plans to compete in the British Championship with a huge step up into Rally 5 machinery in the Proton Iriz R5, but with Covid plans were halted. In this time she worked to get her real estate license, and became a realtor. Whilst also trying to get out to compete in any way that was possible competing on a few events out in Portugal and coming 3rd in the R2 and You Challenge on Rally Alto Tamega.
The 2021 season was to be a huge jump and take the Proton Iriz R5 straight to the international stage in the ERC and Michelin cup. Rally Poland was the cars very first outing on the international arena, with BRC champion Matt Edwards in the co drivers seat. Unfortunately an accident on this event reignited an old eye injury, and Nabila has been side-lined from action for the year.
In this time she has been working on her new career path and also became a part of the Unlocked Programme with the Womens Sports trust. She is also finding ways to stay within the sport and championing diversity and inclusion within Motorsport working with associations such as Kyniska Advocacy, and other organisations.
2016 & 2017