Australian V8 Supercars. Middle Eastern Suprise

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We here at crankandpiston posted a while back that we had a sneaky feeling this was going to happen so I was really pleased when Barry Hope of Gulf-Sport emailed me this press release from the Yas Marina circuit. So here we go with some official speak…

Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management (ADMM) today announced an agreement with V8 Supercars Australia Pty Limited to host the season opening round of Australia’s V8 Supercars Championship at Abu Dhabi’s spectacular new Yas Marina Circuit on 18th-20th February 2010.

The three-year deal will see Abu Dhabi centre-stage for the first race of each season of Australia’s premier motor racing series. Richard Cregan, CEO of Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management, the operators of Yas Marina Circuit, said that bringing Australia’s V8 Supercars to the Emirate was part of a comprehensive programme to offer the general public a broad range of the world’s top racing series.

”Our mandate at ADMM is to develop Yas Marina Circuit into a regional and international centre of motorsport excellence.” “These are cars that we all see on the streets of Abu Dhabi, everyday. On the track, spectators and viewers will witness some of the most sensational wheel- towheel racing imaginable.“

“Year round, Yas Marina Circuit will be the venue for many of the world’s top motor racing series as well as offering opportunities for the general public to experience the thrill of motorsport within a safe environment,” he said. Tony Cochrane, V8 Supercars Australia Executive Chairman, said,” By adding Abu Dhabi to the 2010 calendar, the agreement further promotes the United Arab Emirates as a fantastic motorsport destination. In Yas Marina Circuit, the United Arab Emirates has one of the world’s top motor racing venues and we are certain that race car fans across the region will revel in the great show that the V8
Supercars will put on.”

“With Etihad Airways and Emirates Airlines scheduling regular and direct flights, the UAE is easily accessible from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. As a result, we expect an increasing number of Australian V8 fans to take this unique opportunity and make the week long trip to Abu Dhabi next year for the opening two rounds of the championship.”

The race in Abu Dhabi will be followed by the Desert 400 at Bahrain International Circuit on February 25-27th

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