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FRegional Middle East gets all-UAE 2024 calendar, F4 to use two Yas Marina layouts

by Ida Wood

Photo: FRMEC

The promoter of Formula Regional Middle East and Formula 4 United Arab Emirates has finally confirmed the two championships’ 2024 calendars.

Initially issued over a month ago, and since shared by multiple teams and the hosting circuits, the calendar was officially announced by promoter Top Speed today.

The track action begins at the 2023 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on November 24-26, with the non-championship F4 UAE Trophy Race taking place in support of Formula 1.

Teams go back at Yas Marina Circuit on January 10/11 next yea, for FRME and F4 UAE pre-season testing, then the two championships start their seasons there on the January 12-14 weekend that follows immediately after.

Round two for both series is at the same track a week later, then they head to Dubai Autodrome (February 2-4), back to Yas Marina (February 9-11) and then off to Dubai once again (February 16-18) to conclude the season.

The first two rounds in Abu Dhabi replace the rounds at Kuwait Motor Town that were part of this season, and it means that FRME will race exclusively within the UAE as a national series despite its status as a zonal series for a FIA sporting region.

It has also been announced that F4 UAE will be racing on two different configurations of Yas Marina, with FRME expected to do the same, but it has not been stated which rounds will use which layouts and whether the Corkscrew, North or South layout will be used in addition to the Grand Prix one.

There will be pre-event testing at each event for both series, a free practice session, then two qualifying sessions and three races. FRME and F4 UAE will both run races to 28 minutes plus one lap.

The official announcement of the FRME calendar should be followed up this week by an official reveal from Top Speed of the FRegional Asian Championship’s 2023 schedule. As previously reported by Formula Scout, it is set to follow the same calendar as the revived F4 South East Asia series, with round one at Zhuhai in October then back-to-back visits to Sepang at the end of November and start of December. There is also rumours of a new F4 series being launched in Saudi Arabia.