Brings expertise to high-octane event in Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi, December 10th, 2012: For the second consecutive year, global logistics and shipping company GAC has been appointed the official logistics partner for the Gulf 12 hour race. The intense two-part endurance motor race will see a range of international teams with specially-designed sports cars competing at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marine Circuit.
It is organised by Driving Force Events, a UK based company that aims to bring endurance sports car racing to a new audience. The first run was held earlier this year, and the second will be held on 14 December, 2012. This year, 19 teams are taking part in the event, an improvement over last year’s total.
As the logistics partner, GAC Abu Dhabi will handle the sea freight for 26 cars, tyres, accessories and other equipment – working with its sailing logistics specialist arm, GAC Pindar. GAC Dubai will handle the clearing of shipments as they arrive at Jebel Ali Port in Dubai, and arrange land transportation to Yas Marina Circuit in coordination with GAC Abu Dhabi. Some cars will arrive by air, again with GAC taking care of their delivery. The GAC team will also be responsible for providing the equipment to offload the cars at the Yas Marina Circuit, and shipping them back to Europe once the race is concluded.
Ronnie Knowles, Managing Director of GAC Abu Dhabi says, “GAC has years of experience in the management of complex logistical operations and strong sporting links.
“We are delighted to bring our expertise to bear, so as to ensure that the Gulf 12 hour race runs smoothly, as official logistical partner for this exciting event, for the second year running, ” he adds. “Our team will see to it that all vehicles and supplies are available to the teams on time and in optimal condition at the Circuit, so they can focus on the serious business of racing for twelve hours.”
Andreas Ficarelli, Director of Driving Force Events Limited, says: “The Gulf 12 hour race is an exciting event that we hope will bring the thrills of endurance sports racing to a new audience. We are delighted to have the support of GAC handling the logistical elements, as it has proved to be a transparent, reliable and expert partner with whom we look forward to a continuing relationship.”
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About Gulf 12 Hours
The Gulf 12 Hours is a two-part endurance race held at the spectacular Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, now in its second run. The aim is to establish the race as one of the region’s leading events and bring endurance sports car racing to a new audience. The practice rounds for the event are set for 13 December, while the race itself will start on the morning of 14 December 2012.
Driving Force Events is directed by Andrea Ficarelli, who has over 30 years of motorsport experience, including roles with Benetton Formula and Toyota Motorsport in F1