UAE Motorsport. Star Programme 2011

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Driving interest and belief in UAE Motorsport seems to have taken a spurt in the right direction again, with Mohammed Al Mutawaa and Mohammed Al Dhaheri recently being announced as the winners of the inaugural UAE Motorsport Star Programme 2011 for young UAE drivers.

The programme has been aimed at providing opportunities for young upcoming drivers to develop the skills and attitudes that they need to progress their motorsport careers. The Star programme encompassed drivers from ages 16 to 24 years, from all disciplines of racing such as track, rallying and karting all over the UAE.

The two young drivers were subjected to intense, physical and mental fitness, media handling skills and also interviews with a panel of experts. On day one the drivers undertook a diverse array of media tests, including one to one interviews in Dubai TV Studio and also a fitness and strength analysis at the Higher College of Technology supervised by a team of doctors from the University of Ulster in the UK to ascertain their physical fitness levels.

On day two, the drivers undertook psychological testing designed to examine the candidates’ psychological conditioning and mental ability in motorsport situations conducted by a top sports psychologist from the University of Ulster.

The conclusion to the programme dealt with Individual Interviews with an Expert Panel. The panel chaired by Mr Mohammed Ben Sulayem, (President of the ATCUAE, and Vice-President of the FIA), also featured, Mahir Badri, Chief Executive of the ATCUAE, Khalid Al-Hussein, Director of Sport Administration at the General Authority of Youth Welfare and Sports and Dr David Hassan (Research fellow at the University of Ulster, and Head of the Academic Board of the Institute of Sport Research).

Mohammed Al Mutawaa and Mohammed Al Dhaheri will both receive along with other benefits; an intensive training course at one of Europe’s leading elite athlete facilities based at the University of Ulster, in the UK this September. There, Mr Al Mutawaa and Mr Al Dhaheri will undergo a stringent training course designed to condition them for a successful career in world motorsport.

Although an excellent idea we do get the impression that they haven’t really dug that deep with this.  The two drivers they have picked are exceptionally talented young gents that have already proven themselves across Karts, Touring Cars, GT Cars and soon to be Single Seaters. What about fresh talent? Is that too much to ask?

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  1. How do you mean ‘fresh talent?’ Surely the stories of these two young drivers will assist in attracting more people to racing anyway?

    • Our comment only relates to the fact that both of these chaps are very successful and talented racers already… unearthing people that have never been there, done that and won the t-shirt would be far more interesting.