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FIRST ARAB ACCEPTED INTO FIA INSTITUTE ACADEMY TO BE AN AMBASSADOR FOR UAE MOTORSPORT

ATCUAE sponsored Emirati Mohammed Al Mutawaa completes final leg of prestigious FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy

Dubai, UAE, 11 September, 2012:  The first Arab accepted into the FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy is set to be a leading figure in the future growth and development of motorsport in the UAE and across the Middle East.

Emirati Mohammed Al Mutawaa, the only Middle East representative among 18 participants at the FIA Institute’s academy aimed at developing young motorsport talent, returned to Dubai today from Sachsenring, Germany after completing the fifth and final workshop of the year.

Nominated and sponsored by the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE (ATCUAE) to participate in the academy’s second edition, Al Mutawaa will now take his burgeoning motorsport career to the next level.

Dr Mohammed Ben Sulayem, President of the ATCUAE and Vice President of the FIA, said that Al Mutawaa’s participation in the recently formed academy is a significant milestone in the club’s vision of developing motorsport in the UAE and Middle East, while serving as an inspiration to other young Arab drivers.

“As a knowledge-led organisation, the ATCUAE is dedicated to the continued education of young drivers in the UAE and Middle East as part of regional motorsport development,” said Sulayem.

“Having Al Mutawaa represent the Middle East in such a prestigious academy sets the precedence for future young Arab drivers, and we look forward to continuing to develop youngsters in the motorsport industry for many years ahead.”

Prior to completing the academy Al Mutawaa was the runner up in the inaugural Formula Gulf 1000 single seat championship this season, and was also joint winner of the ATCUAE organised UAE Motorsport Star programme in November 2011.

“It is such a huge accomplishment and privilege to have successfully completed the FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy, and I want to express my appreciation to Dr Mohammed Ben Sulayem and the ATCUAE for supporting my further development,” said Al Mutawaa.

“I now look forward to repaying their support by becoming a leading ambassador for Emirati and Middle East motorsport.”

After a hugely successful inaugural edition in 2011, the FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy looks to provide opportunities for upcoming drivers from around the world to develop skills needed to progress their motorsport careers with a core focus on safety.

Taught by former Formula One driver and two times Le Mans winner, Alexander Wurz, and former World Rally Championship winning co-driver Robert Reid, the workshops instil in young drivers an understanding of the highest standards of road safety.

As part of the course, participants gain the necessary skills to become qualified road safety instructors, enabling them to educate the public.  Open to applicants between the ages of 17 and 23, each workshop encompasses specific areas of motorsport development including sports psychology, nutrition, career management, interpersonal skills, physiology, and road safety trainer certification.

FIRST ARAB ACCEPTED INTO FIA INSTITUTE ACADEMY TO BE AN AMBASSADOR FOR UAE MOTORSPORT

 

ATCUAE sponsored Emirati Mohammed Al Mutawaa completes final leg of prestigious FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy

 

Dubai, UAE, 11 September, 2012:  The first Arab accepted into the FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy is set to be a leading figure in the future growth and development of motorsport in the UAE and across the Middle East.

 

Emirati Mohammed Al Mutawaa, the only Middle East representative among 18 participants at the FIA Institute’s academy aimed at developing young motorsport talent, returned to Dubai today from Sachsenring, Germany after completing the fifth and final workshop of the year.

 

Nominated and sponsored by the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE (ATCUAE) to participate in the academy’s second edition, Al Mutawaa will now take his burgeoning motorsport career to the next level.

 

Dr Mohammed Ben Sulayem, President of the ATCUAE and Vice President of the FIA, said that Al Mutawaa’s participation in the recently formed academy is a significant milestone in the club’s vision of developing motorsport in the UAE and Middle East, while serving as an inspiration to other young Arab drivers.

 

“As a knowledge-led organisation, the ATCUAE is dedicated to the continued education of young drivers in the UAE and Middle East as part of regional motorsport development,” said Sulayem.

 

“Having Al Mutawaa represent the Middle East in such a prestigious academy sets the precedence for future young Arab drivers, and we look forward to continuing to develop youngsters in the motorsport industry for many years ahead.”

 

Prior to completing the academy Al Mutawaa was the runner up in the inaugural Formula Gulf 1000 single seat championship this season, and was also joint winner of the ATCUAE organised UAE Motorsport Star programme in November 2011.

 

“It is such a huge accomplishment and privilege to have successfully completed the FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy, and I want to express my appreciation to Dr Mohammed Ben Sulayem and the ATCUAE for supporting my further development,” said Al Mutawaa.

 

“I now look forward to repaying their support by becoming a leading ambassador for Emirati and Middle East motorsport.”

 

After a hugely successful inaugural edition in 2011, the FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy looks to provide opportunities for upcoming drivers from around the world to develop skills needed to progress their motorsport careers with a core focus on safety.

 

Taught by former Formula One driver and two times Le Mans winner, Alexander Wurz, and former World Rally Championship winning co-driver Robert Reid, the workshops instil in young drivers an understanding of the highest standards of road safety.

 

As part of the course, participants gain the necessary skills to become qualified road safety instructors, enabling them to educate the public.  Open to applicants between the ages of 17 and 23, each workshop encompasses specific areas of motorsport development including sports psychology, nutrition, career management, interpersonal skills, physiology, and road safety trainer certification.

 

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AL ATTIYAH WINS DUBAI RALLY AS AL MARRI CLINCHES MIDDLE EAST TITLE


FIA regional series ends with double Qatari success; UAE’s Al Qassimi finishes runner-up in home event: Kuwait’s Al Nejadi is fifth

Dubai, UAE: Nasser Saleh Al Attiyah cruised to a comfortable victory in the 32nd Dubai International Rally today but lost his FIA Middle East title to fellow-Qatari driver Misfer Al Marri.

Partnered by Italian Giovanni Bernacchini in a Super 2000 Ford Fiesta, Al Attiyah had a winning margin of six mins 16 secs from second-placed UAE driver Sheikh Abdullah Al Qassimi and his British co-driver Steve Lancaster in a Mitsubishi Evolution 9.

Needing only to finish in the top six to become the fourth Qatari to be crowned FIA Middle East rally champion, Al Marri took his Subaru Impreza to third place to complete a wonderful sporting weekend for his country following its successful FIFA 2022 World Cup bid.

Qatar’s Abdulaziz Al Kuwari claimed fourth position with a late burst on the final stage to drop  Kuwait’s Essam Al Nejadi to fifth. Another Qatari, Jaber Al Marri, completed the top six in the eighth and final round of this year’s FIA Middle East series, which was held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Majid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Arts and Culture Authority.

It was Al Attiyah’s 38th rally victory in the championship and his sixth in Dubai. While the six-times Middle East champion has become a prolific winner, Al Marri is only the second driver in the history of the regional series to capture the Middle East title without recording a victory in the series. Saudi Arabia’s Mamdouh Khayat was the first in 1992.

Consistency has been the key to Al Marri’s success. He finished runner-up in Qatar, Jordan, Saudi and Cyprus and third in Lebanon and Syria, as well as in Dubai.

Al Attiyah said : ‘It has been a perfect rally for me and I’m very happy with the result. Everything went well over the two days and I had no problems. I’m happy for Misfer as he is the new champion.’

Runner’s up spot in his home event saw Al Qassimi climb to third place in the final championship standings above Qatar’s Khaled Al Suwaidi who retired from the rally on the ninth of the event’s 12 stages today with a broken drive shaft.

While Leg 1 had seen a huge disappointment for Al Qassimi’s brother, Sheikh Khaled Al Qassimi who went out with a blown engine while leading, Leg 2 brought a spectacular premature end to the rally for another UAE driver, Rashid Al Ketbi.

He made a flying start to the day, winning the opening stage by 3.4 seconds from Al Attiyah, but then went out of the rally 6.32kms into the next stage when his Super 2000 Skoda Fabia Evo 2 rolled end over end after hitting a bump at high speed.

Al Ketbi and co-driver Khalid Al Kendi were unhurt. The driver said shortly afterwards : “I used soft tyres yesterday and had two punctures. Today I used a hard compound and won the first stage. I was still 43 seconds behind Nasser but I was pushing and still trying to win. It was bad luck”