UAE GT Championship
The UAE GT Championship was devised along the lines of similar international GT series', which caters for exotic supercars and should attract a spectacular grid. The series will feature three classes GTA, GTB and GTC. Because of the wide variety of cars, an objective classification has been chosen based on a weight to power ratio. Each race day will feature one 60 minute enduro style UAE GT race, with mandatory pit stop allowing for driver changes should there be two drivers in the team.
UAE Touring Car
The Total UAE Touring Car concept provides some of the best racing seen on track. As from 2009/2010 season onwards the Total UAE Touring Car Championship, became more aligned with global Touring Car racing trends. The new season will witness the country's top drivers doing battle for top honours.
Following five years of successful Radical Sportscar racing in the UAE, the Radical Cup is set to rise to the next level for 2011/2012 with a new format, increased seat time and a new series organizer.
With over 1000 Radicals sold globally and multi-national championships, Radicals now constitute one of the most successful one make series in the world with the cars offering unbeatable performance for their cost. Designed for drivers of all ages and experience, the 2011/2012 Radical Cup structure has been designed to allow all parties to maximize their race day experience and obtain podium positions. The incorporation of the Novice Cup, two driver teams, and the driver grading system will make the racing both extremely cost effective and competitive at every level.
The series is backed by the Maserati factory in Modena, Italy and will feature up to 16 mechanically-identical Maserati GranTurismo MC Trofeo race cars battling it out over 12 races across the Middle East.
This spectacular championship is set to visit the most prestigious racing circuits around the region with races planned to take place at Formula One tracks in Abu Dhabi and Bahrain as well as Qatar's Losail Circuit and the Dubai Autodrome in the UAE.
Gentlemen drivers from across the Middle East are able to sign up for the 'arrive-and-drive' championship. The cars are supplied and maintained by Maserati to ensure identical performance across the grid. The Maserati GranTurismo MC Trofeo has already proved its race capabilities in the region after two cars were entered into the 2010-2011 UAE GT Championship and secured three race victories out of a total of six podium finishes.
The Maserati GranTurismo MC Trofeo is the racing version of the GranTurismo road car. The race car's set up is tuned for the track use, keeping the optimal weight balance of the road-going car. It is powered by a 488bhp 4.7-litre V8 engine which drives the rear wheels through a paddle-shift gearbox which is able to change gears in just 60milliseconds.
Formula Gulf 1000 is a one-make single seater championship featuring
identical slicks and wings ‘Formula’ racing cars maintained and run by GulfSport Racing.
FG1000 will focus on the development of driving skills, improvement of
fitness and providing media skills required at the highest levels of motor racing. Competitors will
be trained by some of the industry’s most experienced driver coaches.
Drivers will have three official tests in March before competing in 16 races over 8 events at the
Yas Marina and Dubai Autodrome circuits starting in October. The overall winner of the 2011/12
Formula Gulf 1000 championship will win a scholarship to compete in Formula Renault BARC in
the UK, where their training and race experience will ensure that a second championship win is
Dubai International Rally
The Dubai International Rally is being held since the mid 1980s, but the ATCUAE took over the task of organizing the rally in 1997.The Dubai International Rally is the final round of the FIA Middle East Rally Championship, a round that decides the champion for the year.
The stature and popularity of the rally has grown over the years, attracting scores of competitors from the region in their quest for ultimate glory.
ATCUAE President Mohammed Ben Sulayem has 14 Middle East Championship titles to his credit, a feat unlikely to be matched by any driver in the near future.
Held over a three-day period – from Thursday to Saturday – towards the end of the year, the rally is traditionally held in the Madam, Hatta and Filli areas on the outskirts of Dubai over ten stages, including the Super Special Stage.
Over the years, Dubai Police, the Dubai Naturalization & Residency Department, the Dubai Directorate General of Civil Defense, the Roads & Transport Authority, Dubai Customs, Unified Ambulance, DP World, Oasis Water Company, Emarat, Hertz UAE and Explorer Publishing have continued to partner and support this prestigious event.
Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge
The erstwhile UAE Desert Challenge, one of the world's most prestigious international cross country rallies, entered a new era in March 2009 when it was renamed the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge with the five-day motor sport spectacular being staged in its entirety across Abu Dhabi emirate under the auspices of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), with the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE (ATCUAE) retaining its event organizational role.
Originally the last round of both, the FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup and the FIM Cross Country Rallies World Championship, the Desert Challenge is now the season-opening round and is, over the years, expected to further strengthen Abu Dhabi's credentials as a tourism destination of distinction and major sporting events hub.
While previous Desert Challenges have seen motorbike, quad-bike, four wheel and truck competitors battle cross-emirate stages, the event in recent years has gradually migrated towards a majority routing through Abu Dhabi's majestic desert areas.
During the Challenge, competitors face two days of documentation and scrutinizing (usually on a Friday and Saturday), before a Super Special Stage (on a Sunday) which decides the starting order. Competitors then brave the Liwa Desert and the Moreeb area of the Empty Quarter for five days.
The Desert Challenge was conceived and launched by 14-time Middle East Rally Champion Mohammed Ben Sulayem, who continues to be its Organizing Chairman, President of the ATCUAE and FIA Vice President for Sport.