Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, 27 September, 2016:
Yas Marina Circuit, in partnership with Automobile & Touring Club UAE (ATCUAE), today announced it will be the official home of the brand new Formula 4 UAE Championship, due to debut at the iconic F1® Circuit on 28th October. The announcement was made at Yas Marina Circuit’s official 2016-2017 Calendar Launch, held today.

This year will be the circuit’s most comprehensive calendar of local motorsport, fitness, corporate entertainment, and driving and passenger experiences since 2009, with more than 377 activities scheduled over the next 12 months.

“We have launched a comprehensive calendar of events and programmes, providing everyone in the UAE with an active and varied choice that underlines the Circuit’s multi-purpose role within the community, said Al Tareq Al Ameri, CEO of Yas Marina Circuit.

“We are constantly improving and extending our activities and look forward to welcoming all-comers to the Circuit for this coming season. Whether you are a motorsport or racing enthusiast or like to challenge yourself at our unique venue, we will continue to provide the biggest and best sporting and entertainment opportunities in the region. The team at ADMM look forward to welcoming you to the UAE’s year-round entertainment and motorsport hub.”

The FIA-accredited Formula 4 UAE championship is one of the most important additions to the UAE’s local motorsport calendar this year and is the first of its kind in the Middle East and Africa. It consists of a series of 18 races run over six separate weekends – the majority of which will take place at Yas Marina Circuit. Open to drivers aged 15 years and above, the new championship was created by motorsport world governing body FIA to help local drivers in the UAE bridge the gap between existing regional racing series to European competition and potentially Formula 1®.

H.E. Mohammed Ahmed Ben Sulayem, President of ATCUAE and Emirates Motorsports Federation, said: “The Championship will be a core element in the ATCUAE’s goal of attracting and developing young local talent in different areas of the motorsport world. Motorsport in the UAE has witnessed great development and expansion over the last few years. Our Government has always provided support and investment and our responsibility is to maintain what has been achieved so far and to ensure this growth is sustainable.”

Enhancing its motorsports community at the local level are many new events that have been added to what is already a comprehensive programme of racing action. Running from 28th October through to 22nd April, in addition to the Formula 4 UAE Championship, the new racing season will feature the debut of the brand new Ferrari MEA series, and the introduction of the X30 Challenge – both of which will offer fans even more spectacle and on-track thrills.

The perennial favourites will return as the circuit welcomes the TRD 86 Cup for its third consecutive season. Supported once again by Toyota Racing Development (TRD), the TRD 86 Cup is a single-make, sustainable local motor sport initiative introduced by Yas Marina Circuit to enable amateur racers to drive in a professional, competitive environment. Part of the popular four-round Yas Racing Series, the TRD 86 Cup will also feature alongside the Middle East Radical Cup, FG1000, NGK Racing Series, Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East and UAE Time Attack.

New for Yas Racing Series 2016-17 is the Lamborghini Trofeo and TCR Middle East championship. Yas Super Street Challenge, Yas Marina Circuit’s local urban racing competition, will be back with bigger and better prizes across five categories over four rounds, starting on 19th and 20th January 2017. Continuing with professional racing, the fourth edition of the Gulf 12 Hours endurance race is back on 16th December.

Spectators are promised a full day of racing action as the world’s leading manufactures battle it out in one of the most exciting race days in the regional calendar. Karting enthusiasts will be delighted to hear that 18th March will see the return of the UAE Rotax Max Challenge at the circuit, part of the build up to the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals that will see more than 260 drivers from 60 countries participating across three categories. For those looking for white-knuckle thrills behind the wheel, Yas Marina Circuit also continues an expanded DriveYAS programme – the most flexible way to enjoy the wide range of driving experiences available – as well as welcoming Jaguar as a new experience partner.

Whether you want to test yourself against the track in a Jaguar F-TYPE, feel the raw power of a Mercedes AMG, beat the clock in a Chevrolet SS drag racer, or lay down some rubber in a Drift car, now you can turn up and fulfill your driving dreams on selected days. With DriveYAS, Yas Marina Circuit offers a whole range of ‘arrive and drive’ experiences in one value package, and offers special packages across multiple experiences. Yas Marina Circuit hasn’t forgotten about the thriving motorbike community and local car enthusiasts, with Bike Track Days and Track Days regularly scheduled in the next seven months, giving amateurs the chance to take the racing line on this iconic Grand Prix track.

And with the 2016 FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX fast approaching, Yas Marina Circuit is heading for another sell-out weekend on 25th-27th November following on from last week’s announcement that global superstar Lionel Richie will entertain race goers on Saturday 26th November, alongside Chemical Brothers (Friday) and Rihanna (Sunday). The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix offers the best value yet with tickets providing access to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and Yas Water World, as well as a world-class line-up of after-race concerts and access to premium content such as the official Formula 1® app.

Some ticket categories have already sold out and with limited availability across many remaining ticket types; Yas Marina Circuit encourages fans to go to http://www.yasmarinacircuit.com to avoid disappointment.

Whether you’re a competitive athlete or prefer to exercise at your own level, Yas Marina Circuit’s enhanced line-up of health and fitness events provides something for everyone. Welcoming more than 200,000 health and fitness visits last year, another jam-packed event programme is promised with its weekly StartYAS, TrainYAS and GoYAS providing an excellent training programme for the new six-month triathlon calendar, which offers more opportunities to test yourself to the limit.

Starting on 3rd December, the new TriLEAGUE Series of races will run over four rounds, TriYAS by Daman’s ActiveLife will return on 17th February and the international WTS ITU will be held in Abu Dhabi on 3rd and 4th March 2017. The Color Run and Electric will be back, dates to be confirmed. Open to all ages and ability levels, 18th March sees the Zayed Marathon return, offering a fun and challenging course for total beginners or elite runners alike. Abu Dhabi’s health and fitness communities will be able to keep up-to-date and be inspired by the new #Last1k blog that provides connection with other UAE-based athletes and a platform for inspiration.

There’s exciting news for cycling fans too as they will be able to get up close and personal with leading personalities from the sport as the Abu Dhabi Tour comes to the circuit on 23rd October and 26th February. Families will be able to mark the 45th UAE National Day with a weekend of heritage-led activities taking place at the Circuit for the weekend of Friday 2nd December. Live entertainment for all ages will bring the whole family closer together on this special day.

For more information on the wide range of activities and events, please visit: www.yasmarinacircuit.com