Yas Marina Circuit to host local Champions race on April 8th 2011

Abu Dhabi’s own Khaled Al Qubaisi will be challenging on his home circuit

Abu Dhabi, 28 March 2011 – GCC drivers will be honoured with their own day at Yas Marina Circuit on Friday 8 April. Billed as ‘Local Champions’, the event is a new addition to the 2011 calendar and brings together two of the leading Middle East race series: the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East and the GCC Radical Challenge, putting the spotlight on local drivers.

The day-long event will give fans the chance to see some of the region’s top drivers including UAE Nationals Juma Al Dhari and Khaled Al Qubaisi, Bahraini Sheikh Salman bin Rashid Al Khalifa, and Saudi Prince Abdulaziz Al Faisal.

“We are proud to host an event dedicated to our local and regional drivers,” said Malek Alrashedi, Senior Director of Yas Marina Circuit. “They are the bedrock of motorsport in the GCC and the foundation for its future growth. We at Yas are committed to fostering and promoting local talent whenever possible. This focus on Local Champions is an excellent way to bring our circuit racing season to a close.”

Currently in third position on the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East ladder, Abu Dhabi’s own Khaled Al Qubaisi will be challenging on his home circuit against current championship leader Sheikh Salman bin Rashid Al Khalifa from Bahrain.

Saud bin Turki will be battling to stay on top of the SR8 class in the GCC Radical Challenge ladder in order to win the series. Saudi Falcons team leads the 1500cc class with both Bandar Alireza and Raed Abu Zinadh with 75 and 62 points respectively. Mohamed Al Tayeb also leads the 1340cc class with 64 points.

On the day, fans will get the chance to meet the drivers at an autograph session. Tickets are on sale now at www.yasmarinacircuit.com or by calling 800 YAS (927). General Admission tickets are available for AED 25, with children aged 12 and under free of charge.

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