Monday 29th 2014 – At the launch of a packed 2014-15 events calendar, the TRD 86 Cup, Yas Marina Circuit’s first ‘single make’ championship kicks off the action An action-packed 2014-2015 events calendar was announced at Yas Marina Circuit today, with more racing at the heart of the action than ever before.
With ‘Let’s Go Racing’ as the central theme of its busiest calendar to date, the TRD 86 Cup kicks off the racing action. Supported by Toyota Racing Development (TRD), this is the first race series organised by Yas Marina Circuit, and the TRD 86 Cup will run across six race days between December and April next year and provides a unique opportunity for competitors to lead their very own race team in real competition. Part of the popular Yas Racing Series, the first ever, single-make championship to run at Yas Marina Circuit will see competitors receive their own, customised, race-ready Toyota 86 Cup car – theirs to keep.
Al Tareq Al Ameri, CEO of Yas Marina Circuit, believes the prospect of such accessible motor racing action at one of the world’s most iconic venues will make a significant contribution to the growth of local motorsports.
“This is a chance for motorsports enthusiasts to get behind the wheel and enjoy the exhilaration of competitive racing on our world-class track. It is also a fantastic opportunity for fans and enthusiasts of the sport, offering them a route from spectating into actually participating,” said Al Tareq Al Ameri.
The arrival of the Abu Dhabi Rally on 16th and 17th October will present another racing first. The rally will be held on the North Handling Track at Yas Marina Circuit and this candidate event for the 2015 FIA Middle East Rally Championship (MERC) further reinforces Yas Marina Circuit’s 360-degree motor racing proposition and is a welcome addition to its racing calendar. Continuing the high-octane racing theme, the Ferrari World Finals will take place on December 8th and 9th. The race represents a huge coup for the region and will be the first time this prestigious event has been held in the Middle East. The Ferrari World Finals promises to be the biggest motorsport event outside of the F1 weekend as 150 Ferraris driven by Formula 1 drivers and racing enthusiasts will take part in this thrilling racing spectacle.
Other significant motorsports events include the return of the Gulf 12 Hour. Held between the 11th and 13th December, the event, now in its second year, will see a significant increase in the grid size and the 2014 edition will also include races from Maserati and Audi racing too.
Yas Marina Circuit’s already extensive motor racing experience retail portfolio has been widened with the inclusion of Taxi Drift, Drift Sprint and the YAS Super Street Challenge, and motorcycle enthusiasts will also be able to join in the racing action as the circuit introduces Bike Track Days to help build a thriving bike racing community. ‘Let’s Go Racing’ doesn’t only apply to motorsports at Yas Marina Circuit. The spirit of competition runs through its extensive community health and fitness initiatives too.
There will be the chance to test yourself at the circuit’s regular weekly fitness events – TrainYAS, held on a Tuesday nights and GoYAS, held on Wednesday evenings, both sponsored by Daman’s Activelife – or sign up to race against the UAE’s best athletes at Urbanathlon, the toughest 10-kilometre obstacle course the region has seen, taking place at the circuit on 24th October also sponsored by Daman’s Activelife. The race to improve lifestyle habits and raise awareness of diabetes continues with the popular Walk event, taking place on 7th November, with up to 20,000 people expected to attend and walk the 5-kilometre track this year.
The ADNIC Yas Run on 16th January and TriYAS by Daman’s Activelife on 20th February also offer more opportunities to go flat out and beat your personal best, while the Zayed Marathon on 27th February and the Colour Run by Daman’s Activelife on 27th March offer varying levels of competition to both the serious and casual runner. “The biggest and most action-packed calendar that Yas Marina Circuit has ever launched should offer something to every tourist or resident to enjoy during the next 12 months,” added Al Tareq Al Ameri.
“Whether you are a motorsport enthusiast, or enjoy unique fitness challenges, we will offer you the biggest and best opportunities in the region. The team at ADMM hope to see you all there – let’s go racing.”
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