FIA GT: Battle of the Brands with UAE National Racing series at Yas Marina Circuit March 26
Abu Dhabi, 24 March 2011 – The FIA GT1 World Championship has returned to Yas Marina Circuit with a mixture of local UAE National series in support including Touring cars, Sportscars and the UAE GT series, with the prestigious Abu Dhabi Yacht Show also taking place in the adjacent Yas Marina.
The opening round of the 2011 series, billed as the ‘Battle of the Brands’, will give ticket holders a chance to witness some of the world’s most iconic sports cars compete against each other, including the Aston Martin DB9, Corvette Z06, Ford GT, Lamborghini Murciélago RS-V and Nissan GT-R.
Official GT1 Practice Weds 23rd March
Marc Basseng and All-Inkl.com Lamborghini team-mate Marcus Winkelhock made the perfect start to the 2011 season by topping both morning and afternoon sessions in Wednesday’s pre-season test.
The duo ended the morning fastest from Marc VDS Racing’s Maxime Martin and Frederic Makowiecki, before lowering their personal best by more than a second and a half in the heat of the afternoon to remain fastest and round out a dominant start to their preparations for this weekend’s opening round.
All-Inkl.com’s other pairing, Dominik Schwager and Nicky Pastorelli, also improved in afternoon session and ended the day second fastest, completing a clean sweep for the Munnich Motorsport squad.
With the afternoon session proving slightly faster than the morning, Stefan Mucke and Darren Turner ended the day third fastest for the Young Driver Aston Martin Racing squad.
Behind them the Corvette squads of Exim Bank Team China and DKR Engineering showed strongly, at one point topping the timesheets before eventually finishing fourth and fifth respectively. The Corvette has previous form at Yas Marina, particularly in the hands of current No. 11 driver Mike Hezemans, who took a podium in the Championship Race in 2010.
After running well in the morning session, Mark VDS Racing endured an unfortunate afternoon as mechanical issues afflicted both cars – restricting them to a combined total of just nine laps.
GT1 World Championship Timetable
Friday 25 March
11:00 FIA GT1 World Championship – Free Practice
12:40 UAE Sportscar Free Practice
13:25 Total UAE Touring Cars Free Practice
14:10 Cytech UAE GT Free Practice
15:35 FIA GT1 World Championship – Pre-Qualifying
17:15 UAE Sportscar Qualifying
18:00 Total UAE Touring Cars Qualifying
18:45 Cytech UAE GT Qualifying
19:45 FIA GT1 World Championship – Qualifying
Saturday 26 March
11:50 FIA GT1 World Championship – Warm up
13:15 FIA GT1 World Championship – Qualifying Race
14:40 Total UAE Touring Cars Race 1
15:25 UAE Sportscar Race 1
16:15 Cytech UAE GT Race
17:35 UAE Sportscar Race 2
18:20 Total UAE Touring Cars Race 2
19:45 FIA GT1 World Championship – Championship Race
Tickets are on sale now at www.yasmarinacircuit.com or by calling 800 YAS (927). Prices start at AED 50, with children aged 12 and under free of charge.