Saudi driver to represent Mideast at FIA motorsports academy

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The FIA Institute’s 2013/14 Young Driver Excellence Academy selected Saudi Arabia’s Abdullah Bamogaddam to attend one of its training programs at a ceremony held in the UAE, according to a press release on Thursday.

Bamogaddam was given a place based on his overall display on the track, in class and the in the gymnasium during the Middle East and Mediterranean selection event at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.

He follows in the footsteps of Formula One drivers Robin Frijns, Alex Rossi and Volkswagen Factory World Rally Championship drivers Andreas Mikkelsen and Kevin Abbring.

“I’m very excited, it’s a wonderful feeling,” said 19-year-old Bamogaddam, according to comments published in the press release by Total Communications, in charge of public relations for the event.

In Abu Dhabi’s event, 15 drivers were examined by a judging panel including motorsports director for the Automobile Touring Club in the UAE, Ronan Morgan, and the FIA Institute’s Kate Robson.

The event in Abu Dhabi was one of five being staged worldwide.

This coming November the Academy will provide a training program which aims to assist drivers in developing a career in motorsports.

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