New GCC Young Driver Academy to develop regional rising motorsport stars

The initiative was launched during the Inaugural GCC Motorsport Committee Meeting

Promising young GCC drivers selected and nominated by motorsport governing bodies in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE will take part in 1stedition of the GCC Young Driver Academy run from April 29 – May 02, 2017. This initiative was a key point on the agenda of the inaugural meeting of GCC Motorsport Committee which took place in Bahrain earlier in March.

Jointly organized by three global training providers of the Federation Internationale De L’Automobile (FIA), Bahrain Motor Federation (BMF), Qatar Motor & Motorcycle Federation (QMMF) and the Automobile & Touring Club of UAE (ATCUAE), the GCC Young Driver Academy will be held between Bahrain and the UAE.

“This is a welcome new opportunity for us to develop UAE young driving talent and to measure them against the best young talent from our neighbouring countries ‘’ said Mohammed Ben Sulayem, President of Automobile and Touring Club of UAE. ‘’ The GCC Young driver academy will be key to the development of the stars of tomorrow “added Ben Sulayem

"To find success in motor sport these days a driver must be fast, physically fit, mentally sharp, and be able to handle the additional pressures that come from media and sponsorship demands,” Ben Sulayem concluded.

While the main focus will be on development and assessment of both circuit and rally driving skills, the course will also cover safety, social media skills and key sports science subjects. Each country will nominate two drivers aged between 15 and 21, the project is funded in part by the FIA.

The circuit driving element will be based at Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) and rally training in UAE’s Al Qudra desert in the UAE, utilizing buggy type vehicles that can be used in the new regional cross-country rallies series, Gulf Challenge which starts after the summer in the region.

On the final day the judges from the three organising clubs will select a winner and runner up. GCC Young Driver Academy will continue in 2018.

As part of their concern to develop motorsport in the United Arab Emirates, Nissan and AW Rostamani Group are key partners in this initiative.