Mohammed ben Sulayem heads new-look Arab council
Publication date: 14 December 2011
Mohammed ben Sulayem, second from right, wants all Arab motorsport clubs to work together.
Mohammed ben Sulayem, the Emirati former rally champion, was elected as the new chairman of the Arab Council of Touring and Automobile Clubs (ACTAC) at the FIA's annual General Assembly in New Delhi on 9 December 2011.
As part of a comprehensive restructure, the former rally driver will head up a new-look board that will see Chihab Baloul, from Algeria, and Ahmad Abd Al Malek, from the Yemen Club for Touring and Automobile, serve as vice-chairmen.
Walid Shaiban, of the Syrian Automobile Club, will take up the post of regional coordinator, while Essa Hamzah Al Failakawi of the Kuwait International Automobile Club (KIAC), becomes the organisation's secretary general.
The council believes the positional changes and the creation of several new roles will strengthen the organisation.
"The world is undergoing dynamic changes, so I am glad to see all the Arab clubs agreeing on the decision that we must work together to improve our status with the FIA, and to further strengthen the bond between us to achieve our common goals," ben Sulayem said.
Ben Sulayem, who won the Middle East Rally Championship a record 14 times, is also president of the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE (ATCUAE) and the FIA vice-president for sport.