FIA Rally Star MENA FINAL AND EDC FINAL Post  Event| Yas Marina Circuit


Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, March 18, 2022: The FIA Rally Star Training Season officially crowned the winners from the Middle East and North African region after a thrilling contest of speed and skill at Yas Marina Circuit this weekend.

In an epic regional final, Abdullah Masoud Altawki and Farah Zakaria impressed to earn their spot within the FIA Rally Star Training squad for the 2023 season, with high hopes of one day competing in the FIA World Rally Championship. Anthony Dagher secured the reserve driver position in the regional final in Abu Dhabi following his strong showing to round out the team.

Held on a purpose-built stage within the iconic Yas Marina Circuit across the weekend, 23 candidates from nine countries across the MENA region, including Abdullah Altawki from Oman, and Farah Zakaria from Jordan were put to the test across a series of challenging physical and cognitive assessments before getting behind the wheel across six rallies in the impressive M-Sport Ford Fiesta Rally3.

The three members will gear up to take to the car again as members of the 2023 team earning their chance to compete in the FIA Junior World Rally Championship in 2024 as part of the FIA Rally Star Season Development programme.

This weekend also saw the season finale of the Emirates Drifting Championship at the region’s home of motorsport, with Ahmed Daham finishing the season atop the podium in first place. Daham was joined by Saeed Ahmad and Dany Neville to round out the final podium following a dramatic conclusion to the 2022 competition at Yas Marina Circuit.

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Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management (ADMM), with its head office at Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island, has created unique, world class experiences across Abu Dhabi since 2009.

ADMM have promoted and delivered globally significant events, the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Grand Prix, alongside over 400 events a year across motorsports, health and fitness, entertainment and major corporate conferences. The company also delivers a significant programme of motorsport retail experiences for business and consumer audiences at Yas Marina Circuit across the year. This combined experience means that ADMM has a region-leading team with expertise in event marketing, communications, promotions and project management.

Such talent firmly positions ADMM as a leader in sports management. The company is now seeking to diversify into activities and strategic ventures beyond Yas Marina Circuit in order to build towards a broader long-term vision aligned with its partners and stakeholders in Abu Dhabi.

ABOUT YAS MARINA CIRCUIT Yas Marina Circuit is the United Arab Emirates’ most exciting sporting and entertainment multi-purpose venue. Located on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, the circuit is home to the annual FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX and much more. In addition to the extensive year-round program of professional and grassroots motorsport events and experiences including Drag and Yas Track Nights, the circuit has emerged as a thriving hub for entertainment and community events in the UAE.

Yas Marina Circuit is also a champion of sustainability in motorsports, receiving the Three-Star Environmental Certification from the FIA, the governing body’s highest recognition of sustainability. The award is an acknowledgement of the circuit’s long-standing commitment to environmental management with the objective of standing with Formula One in becoming Net-Zero Carbon by 2030.

As the region’s most technologically advanced facility, the circuit is also a leading MICE venue, regularly hosting a diverse range of corporate meetings, conferences and events. Whether you want to experience the thrill of karting at our Kartzone, driving an Aston Martin GT4 at over 200km/hour on an F1 circuit, work towards your racing license at the Yas Racing School, get fit at TrainYas, participate in one of our many sporting events, or simply catch up with friends at Yas Central, Yas Marina Circuit truly is The Meeting Place of Champions.