The team won their fourth title after a one-two podium finish ahead of biggest ever grid in the 11th edition of the Gulf 12 Hours in Abu Dhabi
Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, 12 December 2022: In a thrilling finale to the 11th edition of the Gulf 12 Hours at Yas Marina Circuit, AF Corse won their fourth title in the competition’s history with an impressive one-two finish to capture victory in Abu Dhabi.
The team, led by Antonio Fuoco, James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi, in their #71 Ferrari 488 GT3 took victory in the first edition to feature a consecutive 12-hour race, finishing ahead of fellow AF Corse drivers Davide Rigon, Alessio Rivera and Nicklas Nielsen in the #50 car. The result adds to Ferrari’s dominance at Yas Marina Circuit following their eighth victory across the Yas Island track in the competition.
Across a thrilling weekend of action that saw the largest ever grid line up on the Yas Island track, AF Corse would leap over the Mercedes-AMG Team GruppeM side, who locked out the front row in qualifying only to retire during Sunday’s race. Their retirement allowed for Audi Sport Team Sainteloc’s #25 car led by Christopher Haase, Patric Niederhauser and Erwan Bastard to round out the podium in the Pro class.
In his debut GT3 race, Formula 1 star Kevin Magnussen returning to Yas Marina Circuit after this year’s #AbuDhabiGP to claim seventh position in the #43 MDK Motorsports Ferrari with father Jan and Mark Kvamme.
In the Pro-AM category, Philip Ellis, Kenny Habul and Martin Konrad, in the SunEnergy1 by SPS Mercedes-AMG GT3 #75, led in a fascinating performance which saw the team take the victory in class and an overall finish of fifth in the race.
Garage 59 rounded out the podium in the Pro-Am class, with their driver line-ups of Marvin Kirchhöfer, Benjamin Goethe and Alexander West in the #88 McLaren 720S GT3 taking second, and Eddie Cheever III, Chris Froggatt, Jonathan Hui and Kevin Tse earning third in the #93.
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Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management (ADMM), with its head office at Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island, has created unique, world class experiences across Abu Dhabi since 2009.
ADMM have promoted and delivered globally significant events, the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Grand Prix, alongside over 400 events a year across motorsports, health and fitness, entertainment and major corporate conferences. The company also delivers a significant programme of motorsport retail experiences for business and consumer audiences at Yas Marina Circuit across the year. This combined experience means that ADMM has a region-leading team with expertise in event marketing, communications, promotions and project management.
Such talent firmly positions ADMM as a leader in sports management. The company is now seeking to diversify into activities and strategic ventures beyond Yas Marina Circuit in order to build towards a broader long-term vision aligned with its partners and stakeholders in Abu Dhabi.
ABOUT YAS MARINA CIRCUIT
Yas Marina Circuit is the United Arab Emirates’ most exciting sporting and entertainment multi-purpose venue. Located on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, the circuit is home to the annual FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX and much more. In addition to the extensive year-round program of professional and grassroots motorsport events and experiences including Drag and Yas Track Nights, the circuit has emerged as a thriving hub for entertainment and community events in the UAE.
Yas Marina Circuit is also a champion of sustainability in motorsports, receiving the Three-Star Environmental Certification from the FIA, the governing body’s highest recognition of sustainability. The award is an acknowledgement of the circuit’s long-standing commitment to environmental management with the objective of standing with Formula One in becoming Net-Zero Carbon by 2030.
As the region’s most technologically advanced facility, the circuit is also a leading MICE venue, regularly hosting a diverse range of corporate meetings, conferences, and events. Whether you want to experience the thrill of karting at our Kartzone, driving an Aston Martin GT4 at over 200km/hour on an F1 circuit, work towards your racing license at the Yas Racing School, get fit at TrainYas, participate in one of our many sporting events, or simply catch up with friends at Yas Central, Yas Marina Circuit truly is The Meeting Place of Champions.