Twilight start for Abu Dhabi race

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Twilight start for Abu Dhabi race

Post by maxdamage » Fri Aug 28, 2009 9:58 pm

Formula One history will be created later this year with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to become the sport's first day-night race.

The start time for the inaugural event has been switched from 2pm to 5pm, and with sunset scheduled for 5.43pm, it will ensure the race starts in daylight and finishes at night.

Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management CEO Richard Cregan said: "The Yas Marina Circuit has been built from the outset to host day and night-time activities.
"Staging Formula One's first ever day-night race offers us the unique opportunity to demonstrate the circuit's in-built flexibility and state-of-the-art facilities.
"It has always been our intention to showcase to the world this spectacular venue, and this decision allows just that opportunity.
"It is the best of both worlds as 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.

"We hope that everyone will be impressed by what they experience and see."
The system utilises the world's most advanced technology, with the 24 to 40-metre tall outfield floodlights providing horizontal lighting.
The smaller seven to 15-metre 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.

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