Race is on for next eight candidates to Daman Speed Academy

April 30, 2014 9:48 am

Daman Speed Academy (DSA) launches the search to find eight young UAE Nationals to take their places for the 2014/15 racing season. DSA was set up by Abu Dhabi Racing in partnership with the National Health Insurance Company – Daman in October last year and has already attracted a great deal of attention from across the region.

Applications for the new season are now being accepted from aspiring young drivers. Candidates are welcome to test out their driving skills by attending a free session at one of the three nominated race tracks: Yas Kartzonne in Yas Marina Circuit, Dubai Kartdrome at Dubai Autodrome and Al Ain Raceaway. Application forms can be downloaded from the Daman Speed Academy website, or picked up on location. The form has to be completed and also signed by the applicant’s parent or guardian in order to participate in the test session.

Following a strict evaluation process, eight successful youngsters will be offered places at the Daman Speed Academy where they will receive expert tuition and guidance aimed at providing an excellent grounding to enable a possible future career in motorsport.

The circuit racing and endurance star, Managing Director of Abu Dhabi Racing, Khaled Al Qubaisi said: “I am delighted to announce that applications for the new season of Daman Speed Academy are now being taken. We are extremely keen to identify this season’s best eight candidates and provide them with the necessary support to make it to the top, with the ultimate goal of delivering the UAE’s first F1 driver. The UAE has a wealth of talent which it is imperative we nurture and invest in. In line with the Abu Dhabi’s 2030 Vision to diversify and enhance local talent and capability, DSA is designed to foster this talent and help generate committed and performance driven Emirati stars who will play an important role in placing the UAE on the motorsports global map.”

Applicants for the Daman Speed Academy must be UAE Nationals between the ages of 8 and 15 and fit the criteria for one of the age groups:

• Micro: Age group between 8 (youngest being born after 1 July 2006) and 10.

• Mini: Age group between 10 and 12 years old (oldest candidates have to be born before 1 May 2002).

• Junior: Age group between 12 and 15 years old (oldest candidates have to be born before 31 December 1999).

One of the key objectives of the Academy when it launched in 2013 was its focus on the contribution it can make to develop a diversified pool of national talent through a combination of technical and soft skills; useful both on and off the racetrack.

Dr. Sven Rohte, Daman’s Chief Commercial Officer, commented: “Daman Speed Academy is a unique project aimed not only at developing the talent of young Emirati drivers, but empowering them to be the champions and leaders of tomorrow. It develops physical and mental fitness in addition to performance orientation, which are necessary in becoming both a future motorsport champion or a highly skilled professional. Development skills such as presentation and public speaking, amongst others, create individuals capable of dealing with the pressure that come with success. We are confident that DSA will produce champions who will benefit their community and bring pride to the nation.”

Throughout the selection process, applicants will receive expert evaluation from a panel of professional and certified motorsports instructors. This panel is headed by world karting and GT champion David Terrien from France who set up the Formula Kart for the French Motorsport Federation (FFSA).

Al Qubaisi added: “The selection for DSA is intended to be tough; it is to find true potential champions, people who can perform at the highest levels under testing circumstances. This was reflected in the fact that two out of seven lasted the course of the academy last year. Saeed Al Ali and Amna Al Qubaisi both recorded their best performance in the latest Rotax UAE Challenge, which reflects their continual progress and will remain with the academy for a second year to develop their skills further. They are both a credit to the programme.”

Full details of the selection process will be announced by the end of May.

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