Posted by Bob Brunskill
The Yas Marina Circuit, the site of last year's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, has opened a new racing school in a bid to produce the UAE's first Formula One driver.
Launched on Sunday (June 20th), the Yas Racing School will offer drivers the chance to learn and drive various racing cars including the two-seater Formula One car, Gulf News reported.
Commenting on the opening, Richard Cregan, chief executive officer of Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management (ADMM), said: "This is the start of a motor sport heritage in the UAE and our long-term goal is to have a UAE F1 driver within 10 years."
"This is an important next step in the development of our circuit. The Yas Racing School offers any driver the chance to learn the correct techniques for driving fast, in a safe and controlled environment, under the guidance of a professional racing instructor."
Mr Cregan added that ADMM's aim is to make the Yas Marina Circuit accessible to the entire UAE community throughout the year.
The racing school will be open seven days a week, from 8am local time until midnight. A one-day racing licence assessment costs Dh1,500 while private racing tuition costs Dh1,500 per hour.