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Twilight race for Abu Dhabi 28 Aug 2009

View from the North Grandstand. Yas Marina Circuit Construction, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 25-26 August 2009.  
  
The Yas Hotel. 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.

€t was confirmed Friday that November’s inaugural Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will begin at 5pm, two hours later than originally scheduled. The new start time means the race will get underway at dusk and will reach its conclusion in the dark, with floodlights illuminating the cars to the finish line.

“Yas Marina Circuit has been built from the outset to host day and night-time activities,” said Richard Cregan, CEO of race organisers, Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management. “Staging Formula One’s first ever day/night race offers us the unique opportunity to demonstrate the circuit’s inbuilt flexibility and state-of-the-art facilities.

“€t has always been our intention to showcase to the world this spectacular venue and this decision allows just that opportunity. €t is the best of both worlds, spectators and television viewers will see the stunning architecture of the world’s newest Formula One circuit during the afternoon sunlight and then experience what it is like under floodlights.”

The new circuit’s lighting system utilises the most advanced technology available. Outfield floodlights provide horizontal lighting, while smaller infield fixtures have a highly sophisticated ‘vertical controllable beam’ designed specifically to provide a consistent daylight effect as well as removing shadow and glare at driver level.

The lights will be on from the start of the race to ensure a seamless transition from daylight to dark.