Dubai: Free licences for competitive racing will be issued to all Emirati drivers in 2013, the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE (ACTUAE) announced on Sunday.
ATCUAE President Dr Mohammad Ben Sulayem said the move is part of an ongoing commitment by the national motorsports authority to encourage greater participation among Emiratis.
It is hoped that waiving competitive licence fees will boost national entries for upcoming events, such as the UAE Rotax Max Challenge, AARKC and DAMC Motor City karting series, the UAE GT and Touring Car Championships, the UAE Radical Winter Cup and Radical Cup, the Dunlop 24 Hours of Dubai and the Gulf 12 Hours at Yas Marina Circuit.
Rounds of the Australian V8 Supercars and the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East and Arabian Gulf Drag and Pro Drag also take place at Yas Marina.
Entries for bike events in the 600cc and Rookies classes are open for the Dubai International Rally and Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge as well as National and Club Motocross series.