Yas Marina Circuit has announced the return of the TRD 86 Cup, which will take place from October 2017 to March 2018, at the home of the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Supported once again by Toyota Racing Development (TRD) the series, which is back for its fourth successive season, will feature grassroots and professional racing action and see the return of experienced drivers such as Karim Al Azhari, Gregory Pain and Shihab Al Faheem but will also feature a bigger field of new drivers, who are yet to be announced.
Also new this year is the addition of the ‘Race Weekend Hire Packages’, which start at AED12,400 per round and offers already licenced drivers by Yas Marina Circuit to participate on a more flexible basis.
The sustainable local motor sport initiative, that has grown year-on-year, was first introduced by Yas Marina Circuit in 2014 to enable amateur racers to drive in a professional, competitive environment and allows drivers to gain experience of racing on a level playing field and the most affordable one-make motor racing series in the Middle East.
Speaking about the return of TRD 86 Cup, Saud Al Qaydi, Yas Motor Racing Club Project Manager, said: “Since the TRD 86 Cup started back in 2014 we have seen phenomenal growth in the local motorsport scene combined with very strong demand for local motorsport competition here in the UAE.
“Since its inception the TRD 86 Cup and Yas Racing Series itself has gone from strength to strength and we are now seeing even more drivers than ever register for the 2017-18 events.
“Whether its entry-level races for amateurs or international series for seasoned professionals, Yas Marina Circuit’s season of motorsport will offer fans a comprehensive range of racing. This year promises to be a spectacular season of racing.”
The season opener will run from Friday 27th to Saturday 28th October with the return of the popular Yas Racing Series, held under the umbrella of Yas Motor Racing Club.
This season will again feature a mix of professional and amateur drivers as they look to compete head to head for a place on the podium across two separate categories – Gold and Silver – in the first of six competitive rounds that will see the TRD 86 Cup winner crowned in March next year.
Prospective drivers can still enter the series by visiting www.yasmarinacircuit.com.
Aspiring golfers can learn to play the game without even paying a single dirham during Abu Dhabi City Golf Club’s (ADCGC) free junior coaching programme next week.
Running from Sunday, 17 September to Saturday, 23 September between 17:00 to 18:00, it’s a chance for kids to learn the basics of the game or even enhance their skills.
It will be held for the sixth year running and it’s part of ADCGC’s vision in promoting the sport at grassroots level. Previous editions have been hugely successful and this month’s is set to be no different.
“At Abu Dhabi City Golf Academy we always look for new ways to attract more golfers and especially junior golfers to be in the game,” said David Taylor, head teaching professional at ADCGC.
“For the last five years, we have been running it and it has attracted more than 250 new golfers each year. With every new junior there is the potential to introduce a whole new family to golf.
“We take great pride in the success of our Junior Academy and we were delighted to receive recognition from the Middle East Golf Awards (MEGA) for our ‘Free Junior Golf Week”.
Whether the child is new to the sport or have played the game, the programme will cover a variety of fun activities under the guidance of fully qualified professionals.
“The aim of the week is to showcase what we do at Abu Dhabi City Golf Academy and introduce as many new junior golfers to the game as possible,” added Taylor.
“During the one hour session, our team of four PGA golf professionals will introduce the basics movement, rules and etiquette of the game to all the new golfers in age specific groups.
“The juniors will enjoy three golf related activities that will offer a snapshot of what we offer in our Junior School. The first activity will be a fun warm up, encouraging team work. The second activity will introduce the juniors to putting on a specially designed crazy golf course. The final activity will get the juniors learning to swing and hit the ball long, high and straight.”
With a few days to go and the opportunity to play on the lush greens, Taylor believes there’s plenty of positives for parents to sign their children up.
“Very simply, this is a great opportunity for all juniors to try golf at the biggest and best junior golf academy in Abu Dhabi and all for completely free,” he said.
“We strive to provide an accessible, welcoming and fun-learning environment for juniors of all ages and their families and friends. We can’t wait to get started and see a week of smiles and happy golfers.”
WHAT: Free Junior Coaching Week
WHERE: Abu Dhabi City Golf Club
WHEN: Sunday 17 September to Saturday 23 September from 17:00 to 18:00
CONTACT: For more information, or to register, email [email protected]
Dubai residents can look forward to a family-fun, sporting spectacular at Dubai Sports City as they open their doors showcasing the very best of their sporting activities on offer ahead of the new season.
Taking place this Saturday from 09:00 to 12:30 at The Dome and ICC Academy, it’s your chance to experience a wide variety of coaching programmes and entertainment activities.
These include lessons from the ICC Academy’s world-class cricket coaching team, football trials from the Spanish Soccer School, golf taster sessions from The Els Club and Butch Harmon School of Golf, as well as demonstrations and activities from the newly formed Dubai Sports City Eagles rugby team.
Entry is free of charge and will allow parents and children to take part in lots of competitions, try their hand at the brand new fitness zone with complimentary fitness classes and activities for all the family, as well as sample some delicious dishes from a range of its premium food and beverage outlets.
Coaches will be available throughout the day, giving insights into their favourite sport and offering advice on which activity suits them best. Children who sign up for an academy will also receive special discounts on the day.
And for budding cricketers, there’s even more reason to attend with the ICC Academy hosting open trials from 14:00. Open to boys aged 12-18, up to 12 talented cricketers will be selected by the ICC Academy for a fully-funded scholarship in their Warriors Emerging Players Programme.
Khalid Al Zaroon, Dubai Sports City president, believes there’s plenty of reasons to attend. “The Dubai Sports City open day is one of the highlights on our extensive events calendar, it’s a great opportunity for the whole community to get together and try their hand at wide range of activities that we have here on offer at Dubai Sports City,” he said.
“Our open day is an excellent opportunity for the whole family to come and try out a new sport or activity that they may have not tried before and enjoy it for many years to come.
“The open day also allows us to demonstrate and emphasise the importance of leading a healthy and active lifestyle, which we believe is a way of life – sport really has a unique way of bringing people together.
“Those attending will also have the chance to take part in competitions, activities and sample some of the delicious food we have on site, so whether you are a sporting fanatic, looking to get fit with the family or try out a new activity, there’s something for you.”
What: Dubai Sports City Open Day
Where: Dubai Sports City, The Dome and ICC Academy
When: Saturday, September 9, from 09:00
Contact: For more information, visit www.dsc.ae.