Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup

Abu Dhabi, 24 August, 2009 - Spectators at the inaugural Formula 1™ Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix have even more reason to look forward to a thrilling weekend of motorsport action at Yas Marina Circuit. Three of the world’s foremost racing series, the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup, GP2 Asia Series, and Chevrolet Supercars Middle East Challenge have been announced as support races to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Each Formula 1™ Grand Prix weekend has a program of high profile support races, consisting of a single seat category such as GP2, and GT-saloon car categories such as Porsche and Chevrolet. The support race program, whilst adding considerable track action and entertainment for spectators, provides a platform for young drivers to develop and demonstrate their skill in front of the Formula 1 fraternity. A number of the drivers from the support race program progress to Formula 1 - the world’s premier motorsports championship. Mr Richard Cregan, CEO of Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management said: “We are delighted to have the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup, GP2 Asia Series and Chevrolet Supercars Middle East Challenge included on the race schedule for the Formula 1™ weekend. This is a world-class line up to have at our inaugural Grand Prix.” Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup: Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management (ADMM) and Porsche have signed a deal to bring Porsche support races to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix until 2011. Porsche Mobil1 Supercup, the fastest international brand trophy series, has supported Formula 1™ since 1993 and uses tailor-made 911 GT3 cup cars to race over a distance of approximately 70km. The GP2 Asia Series: With speeds close to those reached by their Formula 1™ counterparts, GP2 has been a natural stepping stone into F1 for many of the sport’s elite drivers, including current F1 superstars such as Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, and Timo Glock. With 26 identical cars, reverse grids and compulsory pitstops, GP2 is certain to entertain the crowd. Additionally, it has been confirmed that a pre-season GP2 Asia Series test will be held on the 23rd and 24th of October, a week prior to the official public opening of the Circuit. The test presents the ideal opportunity for Yas Marina Circuit to trial all operating systems and services before the Grand Prix event weekend. Runner-up of the 2008 GP2 main series and former Porsche Mobil1 Supercup driver, Bruno Senna commented on his visit to Yas Marina Circuit this week: “Every driver from every class is really excited about the new Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. 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.”

Chevrolet Supercars Middle East Challenge: This touring car series comprised solely of Chevrolet Lumina CSV V8 sedans will offer spectators thrilling competition and action packed racing in readily recognizable race spec versions of the popular GM Lumina sedan. According to Lumina CSV Middle East Champion Tarek Elgammal, “The team from Castrol Racing are extremely excited to be taking part at the first ever Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit. The circuit looks amazing, with facilities that are unmatched anywhere in the world, all on a beautiful marina-side location.” “As a driver, there is a level of anticipation involved in competing at a new circuit. Without prior knowledge and having only seen track maps, it is important to quickly come to terms with the circuit: Finding areas to possibly gain or lose a few tenths of a second, identifying potential passing opportunities, making changes to the set up of the car are some of the formidable challenges of a new circuit.” “From a spectator’s perspective, the Supercars Middle East Championship always provides action, drama and excitement.” The first Formula 1™ Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will be held from 30 October - 1 November 2009. A limited number of seats are still available. Go to www.yasmarinacircuit.ae for more details. -END- For more information please contact: Nicole Hayde, Head of Communications, ADMM Tel: +971 (0) 2 4100 823 Mobile: +971 (0) 50 584 1551 Email: nicole.hayde@eaa.gov.ae Paul Quinn, International Media Manager, ADMM Tel: +971 (0) 2 4100 824 Mobile: +971 (0) 50 584 0950 Email: paul.quinn@eaa.gov.ae Kawthar Bin Sulayem, Local Media Manager, ADMM Tel: +971 (0) 2 4100 862 Mobile: +971 (0) 50 358 8220 Email: kawthar.binsulayem@eaa.gov.ae Notes to Editors Images: To download high resolution images of Yas Marina Circuit and related activities please visit the media centre at: www.yasmarinacircuit.ae. For high resolution images tied to this press release, click to: http://www.sportssystems.com/hosting/display.cfm?key=101258 Interview Requests: For interviews with Mr Cregan, please contact Paul Quinn or Kawthar Bin Sulayem on the contact details above.

What makes GP2 Asia Special? By far GP2 Asia’s biggest selling point is the excitement its races provide for the fans. With two races per weekend, reverse grids, compulsory pitstops and 26 identical cars on display, the series never fails to enthrall and entertain. The record speaks for itself: there has never been an F1 feeder category as successful as the GP2 Series. In 2009, after a history of just four years, more than a third of the F1 grid is made up of GP2 graduates. Bruno Michel: GP2 Asia Series Organiser “One of the reasons for the creation of the GP2 Asia Series has been to ensure that the excitement of the GP2 concept is taken around the world. In order to do this however, we were very aware that the heightened cost integral in such an expansion would have gone against one of our principal values. As such, a separate series in Asia, with operations based in the region, has been the perfect method by which such an expansion could be realized. By splitting GP2 into the GP2 Main Series and GP2 Asia Series, we will ensure that teams and drivers can take part in both championships, without suffering the large costs which would have come with one pan-continental championship." Porsche Mobil1 Super Cup Fact Sheet What is the Porsche Mobil1 Super Cup? The Porsche Mobil1 Super Cup is the only GT racing series to run exclusively as a support race to Formula 1 , where the make’s cup has been a permanent fixture on race weekends since 1993. What type of cars race in the Porsche Mobil1 Super Cup? The series features the 911 GT3 with high performance, lightweight Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake PCCB. Weighing just 1,130kg, the 420bhp sports car has a six-speed sequential gearbox and is the lightest racer of all Porsche brand cups. All cars are technically identical. Suspension and aerodynamics can be adjusted within limits defined by regulations. How many cars are in each race? Each Porsche Mobil 1 Super Cup race features an average of 26 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Type 997) model racecars, a limited edition especially developed by Porsche AG. Who are the drivers? Competitors in the Porsche Mobil1 Super Cup include a mixture of both experienced, seasoned professional drivers as well as ambitious, talented young drivers. How long are the races? There will be practice sessions of 30 to 45 minutes, qualifying session of 30 to 45 minutes, and two races, each covering a distance of approx. 70 km.

Wolfgang Dürheimer, Executive Vice President, Porsche Research & Development: “Porsche has been an integral part of Formula 1 events for over 17 years, and we are delighted to now join the action at the race in Abu Dhabi.” Deesch Papke, Managing Director, Porsche Middle East & Africa: “Abu Dhabi is one of the largest markets for Porsche in the Middle East. The races in this region where many Porsche customers live, will contribute to the further enhancement of the Porsche brand.” Chevrolet Supercars Middle East Challenge Fact Sheet What is the Chevrolet Supercars Middle East Challenge? The Chevrolet Supercars Middle East Challenge, founded in 2006, was the first regional racing series to be registered on the International calendar and is now the leading Middle East circuit racing championship. What type of cars race in the Chevrolet Supercars Middle East Challenge? All cars are modified versions of the popular Chevrolet Lumina CSV sedan. There are two categories of car. The SC09 includes 12 cars remodeled exclusively in Bahrain, and the SC06 class includes eight cars that raced in the first two seasons. How many cars are in each race? There are 20 cars in total – 12 SC09’s and 8 SC06’s. Who are the drivers? The Championship has been a strong proving ground for GGC talent. Dubai-based Australian Tarek Elgammal won the inaugural 2006 season. Bahraini Fahad Al Musalam won the second season, with Saudi Abdulaziz Al Yaeesh coming second in both seasons. How long are the races? Each race weekend includes a 25-minute practice session, followed by a 30-minute qualifying session. Race 1 covers a distance of 50 kilometres, approximately 30-minutes. Race 2, the same distance/time. The best lap times in the qualifying session determine the starting grid for Race 2. The second best lap times in the qualifying session decide the grid positions for Race 2. Martin Whitaker, CEO Bahrain International Circuit: “The Chevrolet Supercars Middle East Challenge is back for a fourth season and it looks set to feature thrilling competition and an action-packed season for all motorsport enthusiasts in the region. We can’t wait to bring this exciting championship to the spectacular Yas Marina Circuit, the Middle East’s newest venue for the very best of International race events.”
About Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management (ADMM): ADMM L.L.C. is a joint venture between the Government of Abu Dhabi and ALDAR Properties PJSC, the leading developer in the Emirate. Incorporated in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, the company has been established to oversee the construction of Yas Marina Circuit, home of the 2009 Formula 1™ Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and the successful ongoing operations of the track. ADMM will manage the circuit’s racing properties as well as all other facilities on the circuit grounds, including the drag strip, and karting. ADMM’s management team, consisting of leading industry professionals, is committed to delivering a world-class and state-of-the-art motor sport venue. GP2 Asia Series Fact Sheet What is the GP2 Asia Series? Established in 2008, GP2 Asia Series is an extension of the highly successful GP2 Main Series that has seen six drivers progress into Formula 1 . Which F1 drivers have progressed from GP2? Nico Rosberg (Williams), Katsuo Nakajiima (Williams), Lewis Hamilton (McLaren), Heikki Kovalainen (McLaren), Timo Glock (Toyota), Nelson Piquet (ex Renault), and Romain Grosjean (Renault) What cars race in the GP2 Asia Series? GP2 Asia Series is made up of 26 identical single-seat racecars. All teams use the same Dallara chassis, the same electronic, gearbox, and brake systems, the same Bridgestone control slick tyres, and the same 4-litre Renault V8 engines that produce about 600bhp. Electronic driver aids are outlawed and the cars are designed to demonstrate driver talent. What is the difference between GP2 Asia Series and the GP2 Main Series? GP2 Asia Series races outside Europe and the teams are encouraged to recruit at least one non European driver The engine is limited to 600bhp in comparison to the 630bhp of GP2 Main Series The cars have less aerodynamic features than GP2 Main Series What is the difference between GP2 Asia Series and a Formula 1 car? Teams that compete in GP2 Asia Series do not build their own race cars The total car is supplied to each team by the series organizers Teams operate at a cost of about 1% of an average Formula 1 team budget The laptimes are on average three to six seconds slower than a Formula 1 back-of-the- grid car

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