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GR Saudi Driving School Sees Over 2,000 Registrations Ahead of School Opening

17 Aug 2023
  • What is the aim of the GR Saudi Driving School and what is its program?

Abdul Latif Jameel Motors, an authorized distributor of Toyota vehicles in Saudi Arabia for nearly 70 years, and the Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation (SAMF) proudly announce the opening of the Gazoo Racing (GR) Saudi Driving School. The temporary school is opened between 15 – 20 August 2023, located at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit parking lot. With a staggering 2000 registrations, 60 were shortlisted, where 20 participants are from Jeddah, Riyadh, and the Eastern Region each. Notably, the inclusion of nine female participants demonstrates the increasing interest to venture into motorsports.

The GR Saudi Driving School is more than a training ground; it's a visionary platform designed to identify, nurture, and elevate the next generation of racers for the GR Saudi Team in four exciting disciplines: Time Attack, Hill Climb, Drift, and Autocross. After a rigorous two-day training program, five students from each region will be shortlisted, making a total of 15 students. These 15 will then undergo a final training and assessment at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit. Out of these, four exceptional racers will be chosen to represent the GR Saudi Team, marking their entry into the esteemed Saudi Toyota Championship.

The GR Saudi Driving School

The GR Saudi Driving School

His Royal Highness Prince Khalid Bin Sultan Al-Abdullah Al-Faisal, Chairman of the Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation, said, “With 60 participants, the GR Saudi Driving School is not just about discovering talent; it's about shaping the future of motorsports in Saudi Arabia. In line with Vision 2030, we are creating a holistic ecosystem that identifies and nurtures talent, positioning Saudi Arabia as a global hub for motorsports. We believe in the potential of our youth, and this initiative is a testament to our commitment to providing opportunities for aspiring drivers to showcase their skills on national and international platforms.”

The meticulously designed five-day program will be facilitated by renowned driving instructors: Abdullah Bakhashab, Paul Spooner, and Hatim Natto. Their combined expertise ensures participants receive unparalleled guidance, elevating their potential. The program culminates at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit, simulating real racing conditions and setting the stage for the final test.

Hassan Jameel, Chairman of the Board of Managers of Abdul Latif Jameel Motors, said, “The GR Saudi Driving School exemplifies Abdul Latif Jameel Motors’ commitment to excellence, innovation, and leadership. The initiative is more than just a school; it's a platform that empowers and shapes the next generation of racers, equipping them with the skills and knowledge to compete and excel on the world stage. Our collaboration with the Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation represents a crucial step towards discovering and nurturing untapped talent in Saudi Arabia and contributing to the quality of life in the Kingdom as part of its Vision 2030 goals. We are excited about the prospects of the GR Saudi Driving School and are confident that it will pave the way for an even brighter future in motorsports."

The four winners will compete in their respective disciplines, which include: Autocross, Drift, Time Attack, and Hill Climb. Autocross involves racing against time on a circuit with a specific track and cones. Drivers must follow safety rules and reach the finish line in the shortest time possible. Drift racing emphasizes car control and style, with drivers intentionally oversteering to slide through corners and earning points for speed, angle, line, style, and flair. Time Attack is similar to Autocross but takes place on a longer circuit. Finally, in Hill Climb, drivers race uphill on an asphalt road for 3 km to complete the race in the shortest time possible.

Each discipline offers unique challenges and opportunities for racers to showcase their prowess. The collaboration between Abdul Latif Jameel Motors and SAMF contributes to Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030’s 'Quality of Life' program by empowering the youth and shaping the future of motorsports. Aspiring racers can now unleash their full potential and compete professionally while representing the prestigious GR Saudi Team.

As Saudi Arabia propels forward on its transformative journey towards Vision 2030, the GR Saudi Driving School emerges as more than just a temporary institution; it's a symbol of national pride, innovation, and ambition. This initiative not only champions the future of motorsports locally but also underscores the Kingdom's determination to lead, inspire, and set new benchmarks on the global stage. The world of motorsports is evolving, and with the GR Saudi Driving School at the forefront, Saudi Arabia is poised to be its trailblazer.

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The Goodwood event will celebrate the career of famed racer Niki Lauda – the 1970s and 1980s F1 driver whose name appears on every T.50s. Raising the occasion’s significance further, GMA will explain the unique connection between the T.50s and the iconic Brabham BT46B ‘Fan Car’ that Niki Lauda drove to a commanding victory at the 1978 Swedish Grand Prix.

Conceived by Gordon Murray during his 17-year tenure as Chief Designer at the Brabham Formula One team, the BT46B rose to instant iconic status due to Murray’s innovative addition of a ground-effect fan system. Having dominated and won its inaugural race at Anderstorp, Sweden in the hands of Niki Lauda, the model was withdrawn by Brabham to pacify other teams for the good of the championship.

Gordon Murray, CBE – Executive Chairman, Gordon Murray Group: “The dynamic debuts of the GMA T.33 mule and GMA T.50s XP1 mark an important milestone in the development of both supercars. I’m also proud that we will participate in honouring a man who was a one-of-a-kind racer and a great friend by showcasing the T.50s Niki Lauda at Goodwood. Additionally, revealing the 25 historically significant motor racing names for our track-only T.50s is the perfect way to celebrate a favourite event for me and the whole GMA team.”

GMA’s Dario Franchitti will present attendees with an insightful overview of the story of the BT46B and its significance in the design and engineering of the T.50 supercar and its track-spec T.50s sibling. The GMA team will also be joined by His Grace the Duke of Richmond who will take a tour of the Murray display of heritage race cars and modern-day GMA supercars.