ENDURANCE MEETS EXCITEMENT AT YAS MARINA CIRCUIT
F1 circuit to host Gulf 12 Hours Race this weekend
Abu Dhabi, UAE, 12 December 2012: Some of the UAE’s and the world’s up and coming motorsport stars will be out in force at Yas Marina Circuit this upcoming Friday, 14th December for the Gulf 12 Hours endurance race.
The Gulf 12 Hours will feature 26 entries, double the number of registered teams from the last race held at the circuit, from the UAE and countries that include Great Britain, Italy and Australia. The teams will go head to head in two 6-hour races, across from GT2 to GT4, one make categories. Similar to the last Gulf 12 Hours race that took place earlier this year in January, teams will have just 40-minutes to work on their cars during the break between races.
“The Gulf 12 Hours is fast becoming a highlight of the local motorsport calendar for both local drivers and spectators alike,” said Faisal Al Sahlawi, Karting and Yas Racing School Manager, Yas Marina Circuit. “The race will see local motorsport talent compete against drivers from around the world here on one of the world’s finest circuits in a true test of skill and endurance.”
Amongst the teams competing on Friday will be Yas Marina Circuit’s own all-Emirati team. The team consisting of Saeed Al Mehairi, Hasher Al Maktoum, and Abbas Al Alawi will compete in Yas’ Aston Marin GT4.
“Not only has the endurance race been extremely popular, it has also been a great platform to develop and showcase local motorsport talent,“ added Al Sahlawi.
Race 1 begins at 9:30am and will continue through to 3:30pm. There will be an hour and half break between races, allowing spectators entry to the pit lane to watch mechanics work on the cars. Race 2 starts at 5pm and ends at 11pm.
The race is open to the public and admission is 50 AED per person.
About Yas Marina Circuit:
Yas Marina Circuit is the United Arab Emirates’ most exciting sporting and entertainment venue. Located on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, the circuit is the home of the annual Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. With motorsport as its pulse and an extensive year-round programme of professional and grassroots motorsport events and experiences like Drag and Track Nights, the circuit has also emerged as a thriving hub of entertainment and community events in the UAE. As the region’s most dynamic and technologically advanced facility, the circuit is also a leading MICE venue, regularly hosting a diverse range of corporate meetings, conferences and events. Whether you want to experience the thrill of karting, driving an Aston Martin GT4 over 200km/hour on an F1 circuit, work towards your racing license at the Yas Racing School, get fit at Train Yas, or simply catch up with friends over burgers and shakes at Yas Central, there's something for everyone at Yas Marina Circuit.