The 12th edition of the event heads to Yas Marina Circuit and will see international teams compete on Yas Island from 9-11 December

Haas F1 driver, Kevin Magnussen returns after #AbuDhabiGP to drive for MDK Motorsports alongside his Le Mans-winning father Jan Magnussen

Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, XX December 2022: The Gulf 12 Hours returns in style to Abu Dhabi, with the biggest ever driver line-up confirmed for the 12th edition of the event at Yas Marina Circuit when the on-track action begins on Friday 9th December.

The competition is set to feature the largest ever GT3 starting grid in the Middle East, with 33 cars confirmed to compete in Abu Dhabi across the two competitions, the GT3 and the GT Cup categories. The traditional 12-hour endurance GT race will see drivers take to the track for qualifying on Saturday evening before the race begins on Sunday 11th December at 10:00am local time.

A notable addition to the grid for this edition is F1 star and Haas driver, Kevin Magnussen who will return to Yas Marina Circuit after this year’s #AbuDhabiGP weekend. Magnussen is set to make his official GT3 debut for MDK Motorsports alongside his Le Mans-winning father, Jan Magnussen, and Mark Kvamme in an MDK Motorsports Ferrari.

Kevin Magnussen said: “MDK Motorsports is driven by passionate and professional racers, and I enjoy working with these guys. Of course, I’m also extremely grateful to be given another chance of driving together with my father – and hopefully even trying to win a race.”

The reigning Gulf 12 Hours champions, 2 Seas Motorsport, with their winning driver line-up are confirmed for the race in Abu Dhabi, as Isa Al Khalifa, Martin Kodrić, and Hunter Abbott look to earn their third title on 11th December.

As the most successful team in Gulf 12 Hours history, Kessel Racing have entered with a four-car line-up of Ferrari 488 GT3 cars as they look to regain their dominance of the competition, while an international mix featuring GT3 models from Audi, McLaren, Porsche and BMW will bring an incredible display of motorsport design to the iconic circuit.

On the return of the Gulf 12 Hours, Saif Al Noaimi, CEO of ADMM said: “After the success of this year’s record-setting Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend, we are thrilled to host the biggest ever driver line-up competing at Yas Marina Circuit for the 12th edition of the Gulf 12 Hours.

“The opportunity to see the competition continue to grow in representation and interest from around the world is an encouraging sign, and we look forward to seeing this international grid compete for the championships here on Yas Island.”

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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.


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.