Great news for budding racers as Bahrain International Circuit takes a major new initiative to nurturing motorsport talent with the launch of a new racing school.

The Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) has joined hands with the French Winfield Racing School to launch The Winfield Racing School Middle East, which will be tasked with the mission of detecting, training and evaluating young motorsport talent from all over the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region.

Celebrating its 60th birthday this year, Winfield Racing School has an unrivalled reputation in Europe for the training and selection of talented young racing drivers. Between the mid 1960s and the end of the ’90s, the school produced 30 Formula One drivers, including 10 Grands Prix winners and two World Champions: Damon Hill and the legendary four-time Formula One World Champion, Alain Prost.

Relaunched in 2016, the school has been involved in the early careers of reigning Formula 2 champion, Théo Pourchaire; Red Bull junior driver, Isack Hadjar; Scuderia Ferrari development driver, Arthur Leclerc, and 2024 F1 Academy debutant, Doriane Pin.

Bahrain International Circuit, which celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Bahrain Grand Prix this year – the first Formula One race in the Middle East – has largely contributed to the creation of a true motorsport culture in the region. In conjunction with Winfield Racing School, it intends to continue its efforts by promoting access to driving and motorsport professions for as many people as possible.

Together, with the support of the Bahraini authorities, Winfield Racing School and BIC will develop a global education programme through a training centre on the Sakhir circuit capable of developing the most promising future drivers and mechanics. Additionally, the project will offer fantastic activation tools for businesses, VIPs, opinion leaders and key people by organising Formula 4 single seater driving experience days. This initiative also aims to spread further motorsport culture and deepen understanding of the sport in the Middle East.

Both organisations will strive to empower the next generation by giving them the tools to succeed in their careers, whether in mechanics, engineering, marketing or communications. The mission is to serve the professional ambitions of talents in the Middle East and help them realise their dreams.

“A partnership, such as the one we are developing with Winfield Racing School, is a natural progression for Bahrain International Circuit, given the work we do to support the next generation of drivers,” said BIC Chief Commercial Officer, Sherif Al Mahdy.

Frédéric Garcia, President of Winfield Group, said: “Discovering, training and evaluating potential young talented drivers will be our primary mission at the Bahrain International Circuit; but we will also develop the events side of the business.” ✤