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Yas Marina Circuit to host Ferrari feast

Three-day ‘Ferrari Racing Days’ event to be held from March 7

  • BY M. Satya Narayan, Abu Dhabi Deputy Editor
  • Published: 16:30 February 20, 2013
  • Gulf News

Abu Dhabi: Ferrari enthusiasts will get a chance to see and experience the much sought-after machines when the three-day Ferrari Racing Days event makes it Middle East debut at the Yas Marina from March 7.

While the first two days will see Ferrari clients involved in a series of activities including a qualification race in two categories, Saturday March 9 will be thrown open to the public with the final competitions being held on the same day.

The event will provide enthusiasts from the region with the first-ever chance to attend a race in the Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli Asia Pacific series.

Addressing a press conference at the carmaker’s Abu Dhabi showroom, Giulio Zauner, General Manager, Ferrari Middle East and Africa, said: “The Ferrari Racing Days is held at prominent circuits around the world equipped with the latest safety solutions. We are delighted to host its Middle East debut in the Yas Marina circuit, which has witnessed four [F1] Grand Prix races.”

The Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli, now in its 20th year, is highly popular as it brings to the race track novices as well as experienced competitive drivers. It features the 458, the mid-rear V8 Berlinetta derived from the 458 Italia, and the fifth model used by Ferrari in its one-make racing series.

“The more experienced Ferrari clients or experts will feature in the Trofeo Pirelli, while the amateurs or novices will take part in the Coppa Shell,” Zauner explained.

“This balance in the races avoids a one-sided contest and allows expert competitors as well as gentleman drivers to participate on equal terms,” he added.

A unique exhibition from one of Scuderia Ferrari’s official test driver, Marc Gene, will serve as a key highlight of the event. Gene is an accomplished driver having raced in several world class events including Formula 3.

In addition to showcasing twelve 599XX and two FXX, the XX Program will feature three F1 models.

‘Ferrari Racing Days’ will see owners of the exclusive models put their machines through the paces at the Ferrari Club Challenge.

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi will also be a participant at the Ferrari Racing Days.

The world’s first and only Ferrari-themed park will kick-start the Ferrari Racing Days from March 1 with the Scuderia Challenge.

In a contest held over seven days, the fastest on each day will win a “Hot Lap” on the Yas Marina Circuit in a Ferrari driven by a professional driver.

While the first two days are for Ferrari clients, the public will have access to the event from 3:00pm on Saturday. Tickets are priced at Dh25 per person and children below 11 years enter free.

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