New UAE race series aims to create Arab F1 driver

Posted on Apr 5, 2010 by
The Formula Gulf 1000 car that could be a stepping stone for an Arab driver towards Formula 1

The Formula Gulf 1000 car that could be a stepping stone for an Arab driver towards

A new race series has been launched in the with the aim of finding an Arab driver that can make it in Formula 1.

Formula Gulf 1000 is an entry-level single seater series for young drivers and forms a step on the ladder towards top-level motorsport.

The series is being run by Dubai-based GulfSport Racing, the outfit behind the GulfSport Radical Cup and a firm with plenty of racing experience in the region and in Europe. It’s open to young drivers aged between 16 and 25 and just 15 places will be awarded to local racers with the desire and commitment to establish a career in motorsport. The level of racing is on a par to the Formula Renault or Formula BMW series run in other countries.

“This isn’t designed for older people that want some fun,” said Barry Hope from GulfSport. “This is serious. There are currently no championships relevant to Formula 1 in the region, but this will change that.”

The FG1000 car is an entry-level single seater with slick tyres and aerodynamic wings

The FG1000 car is an entry-level single seater with slick tyres and aerodynamic wings

The FG1000 car, designed by renowned British race car engineer Ralph Firman, was unveiled in Dubai by 14-time Middle Eastern rally champion Mohammed Ben Sulayem. With slick tyres and aerodynamic wings, and a 150bhp 1.0-litre engine, it will offer the aspiring racer a new challenge and represents a step forward from karting – the bottom rung of the racing ladder. The cars will be looked after by GulfSport and all will be the same, the avoid giving better funded drivers an advantage.

As well as racing, those taking part in the FG1000 series will receive driver coaching from top European experts, fitness training and nutrition advice, as well as media training to keep sponsors happy.

The first FG1000 season will start in October and consist of 16 races over eight events at the Dubai Autodrome and the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi. The overall champion will win a scholarship to take part in Formula Renault BARC in the UK. Pervious Formula Renault winners include F1 world champions Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton.

At a cost of $84,250 (309,442AED), the series is considerably cheaper than equivalent series abroad.

Update: For more information visit the FG1000 website.

3 Responses to New UAE race series aims to create Arab F1 driver

  1. AM Reply

    November 23, 2010 at 12:07 am

    I’ve been waiting for something like that for 15 years now….

    We are in the right direction now,

  2. Phill Tromans Reply

    May 9, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    For more information on how to enter the championship, visit the website at http://www.fg1000.net/.

  3. yassine Reply

    May 9, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    i whoold like to enter to this championship

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