29 May Payback Time for Al Mutawaa
Emirati racer Mohammad Al Mutawaa said he will use his expertise learnt during his stint at the FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy to develop UAE motorsport and budding Arab drivers.
“I will offer all possible support in building a strong base of young drivers from this region especially from what I have learnt from the Academy,” said Al Mutawaa who was chose as ambassador for UAE Motorsport.
“The future for UAE is bright. ATCUAE is working on a programme to bring together young drivers and train them from a young age. I would like to do my best to support the same and help them in the experience I have gathered during the training,” added Al Mutawaa who felt it was an honour to be the first Arab to be part of the FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy.
“It’s an honour. I’m thankful to many for having completed this course which will help me grow as a better racer in the future,” said Al Mutawaa who completed the fifth and final workshop of the year in Sachsenring, Germany recently.
“I got to learn a lot of things and its not just driving but you get to understand lot of other stuffs like mental, physical fitness and managing yourself,” he added.
Al Mutawaa, runner up in the inaugural Formula Gulf 1000 single seat championship this season, and joint winner of UAE Motorsport Star programme in November 2011, was nominated and sponsored by the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE (ATCUAE) to participate in the academy’s second edition. He will now take his burgeoning motorsport career to the next level.
“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 (President of the ATCUAE and Vice President of the FIA) and the ATCUAE for supporting my further development.”
Sulayem 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.”