Yas Marina Circuit to stage first round of FIA World Rallycross Championship

Sport360 staff 18:27 02/10/2018
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Busy season ahead at Yas Marina Circuit

Yas Marina Circuit will host the opening race of the 2018-19 FIA World Rallycross Championship, the first time the event will be held in the Middle East.

Taking place  on April 5 and 6, it is another feather for YMC in which boosts their sporting credentials and heritage.

Race goers can expect a full weekend of off-track entertainment with thrilling on-track action and some of the world’s most talented drivers competing for glory across the Championship’s thrilling Supercar and RX2 classes.

Mohammed Ben Sulayem, president of the Automobile & Touring Club UAE, was delighted that the prestigious event will be staged in the capital.

“Bringing the FIA World Rallycross Championship to Yas Marina Circuit is a huge boost to the development of motorsports in the UAE,” he said.

“This international event will help to build on the UAE’s already strong heritage of competing in major motorsports events and hosting championship races as well as inspiring a new generation of talented racing stars to compete at the highest level.”

The announcement was revealed during YMC’s calendar launch on Tuesday where there will be a variety of health and fitness events as well as top regional competitions.

These range from single-seater championships and iconic endurance races to street-style drag events, including the TRD 86 Cup, Yas Racing Series, and the Gulf 12 Hours while vintage F1 cars return for another season along with the Super Street and Yas Roll Racing drag racing sessions.

Al Tareq Al Ameri, CEO of Yas Marina Circuit, said: “Yas Marina Circuit is proud of its long track record of hosting thrilling motorsport races that attract fans from across the globe to Abu Dhabi while our innovative health and fitness events and challenges have helped us to reach the incredible milestone of welcoming one million visits.

“Each year the Circuit’s annual event’s calendar is filled with the biggest and best activities and programmes that define its position as an important multi-purpose venue that serves the entire community.

“With the new season being bookended by major sporting events – the Formula 1 2018 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in November and the FIA World Rally Cross Championship in April – the 2018-19 calendar promises to be our biggest to date and fully demonstrates that Yas Marina Circuit is ‘Always On’.”

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