The popular Autodrome Holiday Camp in partnership with Gulf Star Sports has got underway and organisers are encouraging parents to register their children as soon as possible before the places are filled.
The camp, which began on June 22, runs in weekly sessions from 09:00 to 13:00, Sunday to Thursday, for ages between 8 and 15-year-olds.
The format of the camp is tournament focused, hence there is everything to play for.
Every day points are accumulated for all activities and at the end of the week, overall winners and runners-up will receive prizes, while children with exceptional performances will also be recognised.
Karting and Laser Tag are some of the popular activities that keep children occupied for the main part of the day. Groups will receive driving lessons from experts following which race time will be given to practice what they have learned. Karting usually takes place on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays and concludes with a final Grand Prix.
Laser Tag is the main activity on Mondays and Wednesdays and this too incorporates points towards the overall champion of the week. There is also an opportunity for children to enjoy a variety of games based on individual and group challenges.
Besides that, the facility also has a number of pool tables, Xbox consoles, a scalextric track (eight-lane model) plus a games room where children can play dodgeball and engage in mini sports challenges.
Now running for the third straight year, Matthew Ralton, customer service manager at Gulf Star Sports, says the camps have proved to be a huge hit with children during the holiday season.
He added: “We have held these camps before and the children love it. It’s been a growing success and our summer camps have always proven to be popular because the school vacations are very long and parents want their children to be occupied during this time.”
The children will be under the guidance of qualified coaches and play in a safe environment venue.
Prices are Dh995 per week per child. And there’s a 10 per cent family discount for two or more children.
Ralton advises parents not to wait too long if they want to register their children, with only 40 places available per week.
He said: “This is one of our exciting camps, and at times some spots have already been filled. But we can guarantee that kids will come home with a big smile on their faces.”
What: Autodrome Summer Camp
Where: Dubai Autodrome
When: Now until September 4
Contact: For enquiries and registration, email [email protected]
Ed Jones enjoyed a strong double points finish in his comeback weekend of the FIA Formula Three European Championship.
Coming off the back of a dominant race weekend in the British Formula Three Championship, the UAE-based racer was confident of being able to get back up to speed in his regular racing series.
Jones, 19, claimed three top 10 starts in Austria and finished the second and third races of the weekend in a solid sixth position overall.
For Jones this weekend at the Red Bull Ring marked his comeback to the championship having missed the previous three rounds due to fractured vertebrae sustained during the Grand Prix de Pau in France.
Jones said: “The first race was really good for us because we were able to make so many places up however we were fast in certain places on track and others were quicker elsewhere so it was tough to overtake. But getting sixth was great and then to get sixth position in the second race was also a really strong result for me.”
Jones’ one bit of bad luck occurred during the first race on Saturday when, while running within the top 10, his car became temporarily stuck in gear; he made it back to the pit lane where the team worked hard on fixing the problem but he was unable to place.
Thankfully for Jones he had another qualifying session in which to set his grid positions for the final two races of the weekend.
He was on the pace from the very start of the session and as the flag fell to mark the conclusion of the 20 minutes of on track action he had set the 10th fastest time overall.
Despite fears that Sunday would throw up some interesting weather conditions, there were glorious blue skies as the first race of the weekend got underway.
Fighting from 10th on the grid Jones ensured that he placed his car exactly where it needed to be in the opening laps.
Enjoying a fantastic battle with Dennis Van de Laar, Jones once again proved his pace and was soon running in seventh overall.
In the dying laps Antonio Giovinazzi was handed a drive-through penalty which meant that Jones claimed sixth position.
His brilliant weekend would continue for the third and final race where, despite losing a couple of positions on the opening lap, the Carlin driver pressurised those ahead which saw him right behind team-mate Jordan King.
Jones gave it a final push in the last laps and made his way past King and soon found himself further up the order as drive-through penalties were applied, securing a second sixth place.
He added: “I’m so happy with the progress we made and now feel as though I have picked up in the Championship from where I left off before the injury.
“I’m now looking forward to the next round in Germany where I’ll be fighting to continue this progress.”
Muscat racing driver Ahmad Al Harthy’s campaign at the Total 24 Hours of Spa came to an unfortunate end when his Oman Racing Team car got involved in an accident late on Sunday.
Despite a minor issue with the No44 Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 at the start of the endurance race on Saturday, Ahmad and team-mates Stephen Jelley and Michael Caine mounted a great recovery as they strived for a top-10 finish.
The team was performing admirably when, at around 02:00am local time on Sunday, Ahmad had to take swift action to avoid contact with the McLaren car in front of him that had lost control. The car went onto the grass and rammed into the barriers.
“It was a really unfortunate accident”, said a frustrated Ahmad, “We know these things can happen in motorsport.
“There was nothing I could do. Although there’s a lot of work to be done on the car, Motorbase (the crew behind the Oman Racing Team) is the team you want in your corner. They’ll get everything sorted out for our next race.”
While disappointed with the early end to the fourth round of the Blancpain Endurance Series, 32-year-old Ahmad took a lot of positives from Spa.
“I was happy with my pace. I think we could have had a top 10 finish. These things happen though.”
Germany’s Nurburgring will host the fifth and final round of the 2014 Blancpain Endurance Series on September 20-21.