In this post, most of the videos and photos, were clicked by my parents, as I was the one who went karting (obviously 😉)!! So, full credit to them for all the photos used in this write-up (except the Wall of Fame)!
Apart from hosting the World Championship (Abu Dhabi Grand Prix), Yas Marina Circuit has various other activities such as karting, drag racing, drifting etc. The Kartzone is located in the Yas Central area of the circuit.
As the name suggests, Yas Marina Circuit is located in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
I went for karting thrice. Anyone from the age of 13, is in the Adult category. There is an option for directly booking your session at the karting centre or through their website (online), where they would have information on competitions too. Here’s the link- https://www.yasmarinacircuit.com/en/kart.
After booking my session online, I was thrilled to try out something new for the first time. My session was arranged for the afternoon once, and for the evening twice.
As I was in the adult category, I was karting against people way older than me, which made it an even better experience for me, resulting in me coming last, the first time 😅.
Before you get your karting gear, you get to see a safety briefing. The briefing is a short video on how to use the brakes during turns, and the basic flags used. You can either take your own karting gear, or you can use the ones available over there. The ones provided at the centre include gloves, a helmet and a karting suit.
After getting ready and coming down to the track, you’d see your name along with the number of the kart allotted to you. I got the numbers 19, 10 and 36 the three times I went.
This post includes photos and videos clicked during all three times I went karting-
After parking your car, here’s where you enter from-
The moon was visible in the night sky-
After wearing the karting gear, you come from this entrance, and head over to the track-
The karting zone for adults is shown with the yellow lines (for directions), while the left side shows the karting zone for kids and juniors-
The staff keep the karts ready and patiently assist you incase your foot isn’t able to reach the pedal too 😁 (yeah, I needed help over there).
According to the website of Yas Marina Circuit, the track is 1 km long.
A staff member would accompany all the participants during the first lap of the 15 minute session.
In one of the turns, I didn’t use the steering properly and ended up crashing into the barriers, due to which they had to wave a yellow flag, during my first time karting. The staff helped in changing the direction of the kart and then I continued. I was cautious in all the turns from then onwards 😉.
At the starting of the final lap, a staff member would wave the chequered flag, indicating that at the end of the lap, you have to return to the starting point.
As seen in the video above, the karts finally reassemble back at the starting point.
After two years of online classes, I was finally set to go to school for the first time (on Monday), and on Sunday, we had gone karting, so I was super excited to tell my friends what I was upto the day before school, when everyone was busy packing their school bags 😅😃!!!!
As I came out of the kart the first time after my session, my hands and legs were shaking (guess I got too thrilled 😄)!!!
Every time you start the next lap, you can identify your position on the screen with the number allotted to you.
This screen also shows how much time is left.
The photo below is one of my favorites as you can see Ferrari World and the logo of Scuderia Ferrari in the background!!-
Map of the Yas Marina Circuit-
The red construction seen in the map is Ferrari World. I had gone to Ferrari World in January 2020 as a school trip. That was the last time I had super fun with my school friends before COVID spread around the world. Ferrari World houses Formula Rossa, the world’s fastest roller coaster and Flying Aces, the world’s highest roller-coaster loop. It is the world’s first Ferrari-themed park.
There were a few coffee shop trucks, opposite to the karting track, but were closed when we had gone, so my coffee-loving mother missed her cup of coffee 😁-
The kids (5-7 years) and juniors (8-12 years) track-
Some final pics, taken when we had gone in the afternoon 😀-
In the reception area, before leaving, you can get your performance report card. I would have attached mine in this write-up, but it got packed when we were shifting from the UAE. The report card includes the time you would’ve taken per lap, your fastest lap and your overall position.
Next to the seating area and entrance, they had the Wall of Fame-
Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Racing, 2009 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Grand Prix-
Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Racing, 2010 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Grand Prix-
Lewis Hamilton, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, 2011 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Grand Prix-
Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus F1 Team, 2012 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Grand Prix-
Sebastian Vettel, Infiniti Red Bull Racing, 2013 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Grand Prix-
As a Lewis Hamilton (7 time Formula 1 World Champion) fan, I was really happy seeing his name on the Wall of Fame!
Hope you liked this post! Have you ever gone karting?! Would you like to try it out once?t Do share your experience in the comments section of this post!!!!
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