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Abu Dhabi announces packed support race programme 26 Aug 2009

The Yas Hotel. Yas Marina Circuit Construction, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 25-26 August 2009. View from the North Grandstand. Yas Marina Circuit Construction, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 25-26 August 2009.  
  
The Marina, Team Buildings and Yas Hotel. Yas Marina Circuit Construction, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 25-26 August 2009. (L to R) Bruno Senna (BRA) and CSV Middle East Champion Tarek Elgammal on the Start and Finish Straight. Yas Marina Circuit Construction, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 25-26 August 2009.

In addition to being wowed by thrilling Formula One action, spectators at November’s inaugural Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will also be treated to a packed programme of support events. Race organisers revealed on Wednesday that the GP2 Asia series, Porsche Mobil1 Supercup and Chevrolet Supercars Middle East Challenge have all been added to the race weekend timetable.

“We are delighted to have the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup, GP2 Asia Series and Chevrolet Supercars Middle East Challenge included on the schedule for the Formula One weekend,” said Richard Cregan, CEO of Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management (ADMM). “This is a world-class line up to have at our inaugural Grand Prix.”

The runners in the GP2 Asia series will journey to Yas Marina circuit early for a private test from October 23-24, a week prior to the official public opening of the track. Organisers believe the test is the ideal opportunity to trial all the track’s operating systems and services before the Grand Prix gets underway.

Bruno Senna, runner-up in 2008's main GP2 series and former Porsche Mobil1 Supercup driver, visited the circuit this week. And after his extensive tour of the track, Senna described the anticipation among the motor racing fraternity about the new Middle Eastern venue.

“Every driver from every class is really excited about the new Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi,” said Senna. “It seems that the state-of-the-art facilities, together with a demanding track layout, will be a new and tough challenge to drivers and teams!

"The support races add to the spectacle for racing fans and makes the ‘ladder’ of motor racing much easier to understand - and it is a perfect opportunity to see the up and coming talent that will feature in F1 in the future.”

The Porsche Supercup series has supported Formula One events since 1993 and ADMM have signed a deal to host races until 2011. The Chevrolet Supercars Middle East Challenge, meanwhile, is a touring car series and offers action-packed racing in readily recognisable versions of the popular GM Lumina sedan.

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix takes place at Yas Marina from October 30 to November 1.