GCC Young Drivers Academy Program Kicks Off in UAE Today

The GCC Young Drivers Academy program kicks off in the United Arab Emirates today after two extensive training days in Bahrain.

Promising young GCC drivers were selected and nominated by motorsport governing bodies in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. 

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.

“The GCC YDA is an important addition in the development of local talented stars. The focus in UAE will be on the rally racing training, after the circuit race training was conducted in Bahrain over the past two days”.. said Mohammed Ben Sulayem, President of the Automobile and Touring Club of UAE and President of EMSF

“This project was launched in collaboration with all concerned parties in the region and with the support of FIA as well as our partners Nissan and Arabian Automobiles, the flagship company of AW Rostamani Group who both share with us the passion of developing motorsport in the region” added Ben Sulayem.

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.

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 nominates two drivers aged between 15 and 21, and the UAE has nominated Amna Al Qubaisi and Saeed Al Ali, who contest against each other and ten drivers nominated by other GCC motorsport governing bodies.

The circuit training part was conducted on Bahrain International Circuit on Sunday 30 April while day one of the program was dedicated to physical fitness assessment and delivery of a number of race specific classroom training modules.

Rally training will start tomorrow Tuesday in UAE’s 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 (Tuesday May 2nd) the judges from the three organising clubs will select a winner and runner up. GCC Young Driver Academy will continue in 2018.