Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness is currently in the Middle East on a visit which could boost motorsport in the North.
Mr McGuinness and First Minister Peter Robinson are currently in Dubai where they will hold a series of engagements before travelling to India.
The Deputy First Minister visited the Automobile & Touring Club of the United Arab Emirates to discuss a link-up with the University of Ulster which will see leading figures in the sport coming to the North.
“The fact that young drivers who emerge with success from the UAE Motorsport Star Programme come to the Jordanstown campus to be groomed for elite motor sport speaks volumes about our expertise.
“The intensive training provided concentrates not just on racing skill, but also upon the importance of discipline, professional focus and psychological awareness. Nothing is left to chance. The star performers in Emirati motorsport are being nurtured and created at Jordanstown.”