The Automobile and Touring Club of UAE (ATCUAE) team headed by its President Mohammed Ben Sulayem are ready to deliver the eighth Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix when the spectacle returns to Yas Marina Circuit later this month.
“More than 700 volunteers from UAE Motorsport Marshals Club are ready to manage the event this year, who were all trained according to the highest international standards, they showed great commitment and wide knowledge about their specific tasks, they are all educated and most of them have either a Bachelor’s or a Masters’ degree. We are pleased to see their loyalty and passion to the motorsport in UAE, both UAE nationals and residents, and I would like to wish everyone an enjoyable and safe event”
“The F1 is known of its high excitement and thrill level, and all drivers will be driving to the edge of their abilities and determined to win the final round of the season. The challenge that the ATCUAE faces, in ensuring that the event remains safe, stays the same.”
Under Ben Sulayem’s leadership, the Automobile & Touring Club of the UAE (ATCUAE) performs a dual role in the running of the event; as the sole UAE representative of the FIA, the governing body of world motorsport, the ATCUAE is tasked with ensuring that the event is organised and run to regulation and meets the standard of all events in the championship. In addition to this, since the first event in 2009, the ATCUAE has been contracted by Abu Dhabi Motorsport Management (ADMM, the government organisation who operates the circuit and promotes the event to be the Sporting Organiser.
Their role of the Sporting Organiser gives the ATCUAE jurisdiction over all activities occurring within the ‘confines of the catch-fencing’, which is all the areas of the circuit encompassing the actual track that is off limits for the public.
According to ATCUAE General Manager and Abu Dhabi Grand prix Clerk of the Course, Ronan Morgan: “The circuit is 5.5km long, and over the course of the race weekend, cars will be racing at very high speeds, with only inches away from each other. Our team of volunteers officials will each have their own unique roles and responsibilities, but all having the same goal of a safe and successful race”.
The ATCUAE’s strong volunteer army comprising of more than 700 marshals is the culmination of years of investment and effort, and comes from their UAE Motorsport Marshals Club. Such has been the success of the club over recent years that some individual marshals and teams have been officially recognised by the FIA as the Best Officials in the World three times, over the previous four years, with a fourth title being won by other UAE marshals volunteering on the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge.
Both Mohammed Ben Sulayem and Ronan Morgan are immensely proud of their volunteers, especially the time and effort that they contribute in the build up to the event. In Ben Sulayem’s own words, “they are the unsung heroes of motorsport.”