Yas is hot this weekend!

A lot is at stake on the Yas Marina tracks this weekend. For all you racing enthusiasts and fans of fireworks, it means a weekend outing you simply can’t miss!

Ferrari Asia Pacific

The last two rounds of the Yas Racing Series is one to look forward to – coz that includes the grand finale of the TRD 86 Cup’s second season. As Karim Al Azhari tries to keep his top spot and title, the likes of Shihab Al Faheem and Mohammed Abdul Ghaffar are not going to give it to the Dubai resident hands down. Joining in the final rounds of the TRD 86 Cup this weekend will be former rally champion Umair Ahmed Khan who has raced in the Dunlop Barcelona 24 hours and the ADAC Zurich 24 hours among many others.

All races are against time – agreed – but nothing like the UAE Time Attack as production-based sports cars compete for the fastest single lap! This weekend, the Ferrari ME Cup and Ferrari Challenge Asia – Pacific series also return to the Yas Marina Circuit.

The cost for an adrenaline shot on Friday and Saturday is just AED 25 per person. At amazing value, this opens doors to off track entertainment including garage tours, behind the scenes experiences, children’s play areas etc. The gates open at 8am.

Nasser Al Attiyah

Desert Challenge lessons gathered for spinal safety

Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge POWERED BY Nissan, which was held in the treacherous deserts of Liwa earlier this month was used as testing grounds to study the cause and extent of spinal injuries, alongside the thrills of the second round of the FIA World Cup for Cross Country Rallies.

Up to 20 of the 62 contesting cars were be fitted with accident data recorders (ADRs) to measure the amount of g-force that drivers and co-drivers are exposed. In tandem with the latest virtual vehicle crash simulator technology, the aim is to design a new state-of-the-art driver cockpit safety package. Knowing exactly what amount of g-force can result in breaking the spine should help design cross country rally seats that resist breakage and compress to absorb the energy in high impact situations in order to protect the spine.

Similar research conducted by the ATCUAE during the 2012 Desert Challenge hand in hand with the University of Ulster helped in the combat of dehydration threat while in 2014, studies delivered a five-point plan to counter the effects of fatigue.

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Continental drift at Yas Marina

Continental tyres celebrated the introduction of their ContiSportContact range in the Middle East with fireworks… burning tyres and racing around the Yas Marina tracks!

While Continental resorted to slaloms on the Yas Marina tracks to prove the impeccable grip and superior handling of the ContiSportContact, it gave enthusiasts and fans a chance to put 11 exciting Mercedes-AMG models through their paces – including the power-packed GT S, CLA 45, G63 and the new GLE coupe.

Continental AMG

Continental and Mercedes first came together to bring racing opportunity to enthusiasts in 2010, when they opened the AMG Driving Academy; and later when ContiSportContact was used on several AMG models. Continental also provides AMG models with ECUs, Brake Systems, Sensors and Fuel Pumps. Suitable for sports cars and SUVs, ContiSportContact is now available across the Middle East.

TrackNews Mid April 2016 was last modified: April 13th, 2016 by Sudeep Koshy

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