The new academy at Yas Marina Circuit will provide talented young drivers in the UAE with a defined pathway into motorsports
The academy’s circuit racing team will make its official on-track debut in the F4UAE exhibition races at this year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend at Yas Marina Circuit
Taking the Talent First philosophy from esports to karting and circuit racing, building future generations of champions.

Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, xx November, 2022: Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management has today officially announced a new talented driver programme, the Yas Heat Racing Academy, which will unite all forms of junior motorsports development through a world-class programme to nurture grassroots motorsport talent in the UAE through a ‘talent first’ approach.

With the goal to produce homegrown drivers from the iconic Yas Marina Circuit and provide young talented drivers with a clear and defined pathway – from grassroots all the way up to the world stage of motorsports – the Yas Heat Racing Academy aims to inspire the next generation of local racing stars in the UAE to pursue their dream, from karting through to FIA-accredited competitions.

The academy’s circuit racing team, led by team manager, Matthew Norman will make its official debut at this year’s Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend in the F4 UAE exhibition races. Following the team’s first race weekend, it will then compete in the upcoming F4 UAE season held across the UAE and the Yas Racing Series, set to begin in December.

Saif Al Noaimi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management, said: “It is an honour to unveil the new Yas Heat Racing Academy, a brand-new programme with the objective of providing talented young drivers in the UAE with a world-class environment and clear pathway into motorsports – all the way from grassroots through to international competition on the world stage. We look forward to seeing our incredibly talented drivers on track and further establish Abu Dhabi as an innovative global leader on the world stage.”

Matthew Norman, Team Manager of Yas Heat Racing, added: “The opportunity for the team to make its official debut at our home circuit of Yas Marina Circuit at this year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is a remarkable moment and one we are proud to be a part of.

“The academy’s objective is to showcase the opportunities for young drivers here in the UAE, and inspire and help them to achieve their dreams of making it to the highest level of professional motorsports. We are thrilled to have the first Yas Heat Racing cars compete at our track at the biggest Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend in the event’s history.”

Following a test period with some of the UAE’s top young drivers, the Yas Heat Racing cars will be driven for the first time at #AbuDhabiGP weekend by Keanu Al Azhari from Germany, and Matteo Quintarelli from Italy.

Keanu Al Azhari commented: “I’m so excited to be one of the first drivers to join the Yas Heat Racing Academy. I’ve been karting since I was 5 years’ old and I’m looking forward to making the step up into the UAE Formula 4 championship while continuing my development with the Yas Heat team.”

For more information on the new Yas Heat Racing Academy, please visit: https://www.yasmarinacircuit.com/en/ 



Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management (ADMM) and Flash Entertainment have created unique, world class experiences across the UAE since 2009 with a region-leading team with expertise in event marketing, communications, promotions and delivery.

In collaboration with their partners they have promoted and delivered globally significant events across the UAE, including the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Grand Prix and Yasalam After-Race Concerts. They deliver over 400 events a year across sport, culture, leisure, motorsports, health and fitness, entertainment and major corporate conferences. ADMM also delivers a significant programme of experiences for business and consumer audiences at Yas Marina Circuit across the year.

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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.