Dubai: The Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE is continuing to play a key role in the development of motor sport in Africa.
An ATCUAE training team has just returned from a three-day visit to Tanzania to provide vital guidance to the national motor sport authority in its efforts to establish karting in the country.
Representatives of the Club’s training and education arm, the Motorsport Knowledge Institute, conducted the training programme in Tanga on behalf of the Automobile Association of Tanzania (AAT).
Among the members of the MKI team was Guy Sheffield, General Manager, Al Ain Raceway, whose own kart club organises the highly successful UAE Rotax MAX Challenge, the official national karting championship.
“By introducing karting, the AAT is creating grass roots motor sport in the country, with the aim to attract a new generation of young drivers,” said ATCUAE President, Mohammed Ben Sulayem.
“This is essential to give the sport a bright future in Tanzania, and we’re very happy to lend our experience and expertise to make sure karting has a good start there.” This was the third MKI training programme carried out in Tanzania in the last two years to assist with the development of motor sport.
It was also the 25th programme to be delivered by the ATCUAE across the Middle East, Africa, Europe and South America since it was awarded Regional Training Provider status by the FIA Institute in December 2012.
Last month, the MKI carried out live, on-the-job training for a team of motor sport officials from Morocco during the 2014 F1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit.
Training has also been carried out in Africa for the national motor sport authorities of Algeria, Egypt, Sudan and Botswana, as well as for the Confederation of African Motorsport Clubs.