Students given backstage pass to Yas
Sessions hosted on FM at race circuit to give students broader picture
A three week 'behind the scenes' session was held at Yas Marina Circuit, aimed at educating 14-18 year olds on what happens beyond the racing track.
‘Backstage Yas’ aimed to broaden students’ exposure to the industry as a whole, and furthering Yas Marina Circuit’s efforts to create a sustainable motorsport industry in the UAE.
As part of the program, the students took part in workshops from mechanics and marketing to road safety and facilities management.
FM Edward Loughrey said, “The race circuit is not just about motorsports. A driver can’t just rock up and drive. It takes a lot of people to put the track together and maintain it.”
He explained that the sessions were set to attract the younger generation of UAE nationals and encourage them to take part in looking after what was ultimately theirs.
“I’m just a caretaker,” he said, “It is their facility and they should be able to maintain and be proud of it in years to come.”
In addition to the workshop, the students learned to service a racing car, build a Yas Supersports SST racing car from scratch, take part in road safety exercises and race against the clock to change a tyre in a true pit-stop experience.