posted on 16/09/2012: 475 views
Preparations for the this year's Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix continue apace as more than 400 volunteers were put through their paces at Yas Marina Circuit earlier on Friday.
A total of 80 UAE nationals were among those taking part in the intensive large scale training as marshals to ensure the efficient running of the showpiece event on November 4.
And it is expected that more than 100 Emiratis will be among the 650 marshals needed this year, more than double at last year's race 2011 - a clear sign of the popularity of the Grand Prix, hailed as the 'Monte Carlo of the Middle East'.
The growth of Emirati marshals in 2012 marks another significant step for the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE (ATCUAE) and its President, Dr. Mohammed Ben Sulayem, in the successful drive to become fully self sufficient in providing the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with a completely local-based team of marshals.
As one of only four FIA recognised Regional Training Providers, the ATCUAE signed a new five-year agreement with Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management (ADMM) in June 2012 to continue as sporting organisers of the race and other year-round competitive events at Yas Marina Circuit.
"Three years ago we staged our first training session for marshals at the F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and since then, we have successfully brought more and more Emiratis up to speed to be involved in the event,” said Sulayem.
"I am delighted that this year more than 100 UAE Nationals will play their part in making sure the race is run safely and efficiently.
"At the same time, I would like to show my appreciation to the hundreds of other volunteer marshals that will be busy ensuring smooth operations come race day in November.
"Every person counts and I am very pleased with the huge response from UAE based volunteers that we have witnessed this year.” – Sport 360°
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