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Dragon Rac­ing of­fers per­son­alised track-day ex­pe­ri­ences

From un­par­al­leled race cars, one-on-one tu­ition and exclusive ac­cess to the UAE’s world-class cir­cuits, Dragon Rac­ing of­fers track-day ex­pe­ri­ences that are in a league of their own. And if you want to con­tinue with a spot of fine din­ing or a round of golf, all the bet­ter, Kevin Hack­ett dis­cov­ers

‘Would you like the ho­tel moved a bit to the le ?”

Those were the un­for­get­table words of the ever-sar­cas­tic Basil Fawlty when deal­ing with his sham­bolic ho­tel’s most de­mand­ing cus­tomer. And yet, I can’t help feel­ing that if Mrs Richards were a client of Dragon Rac­ing, phys­i­cally re­lo­cat­ing the ho­tel she was stay­ing in would not be a prob­lem. If your pock­ets were deep enough, surely noth­ing would be out of the ques­tion.

Mo­tor rac­ing and the world of lux­ury are not mu­tu­ally exclusive. Think about the up­per ech­e­lons of var­i­ous mo­tor sports on the cal­en­dar and, quite apart from the high-oc­tane com­pe­ti­tion and the in­san­ity of teams trav­el­ling all over the planet to es­sen­tially drive around in cir­cles, there is glam­our and ex­cite­ment by the truck­load. Which is per­haps ob­vi­ous when you con­sider the sheer amount of money it takes to go rac­ing.

The UAE is, slowly but surely, be­ing bit­ten by the mo­tor-sport bug. And one thing that tends to be ex­tremely pop­u­lar in coun­tries where mo­tor sport is big news is the track-day ex­pe­ri­ence. Pay your fees, take your car to a race­track that your sport­ing he­roes might have been com­pet­ing on just a few days be­fore, and drive with­out speed lim­its, on­com­ing traf­fic, en­force­ment cam­eras or stray don­keys wan­der­ing out in front of you. It’s all highly lib­er­at­ing – but what if your tastes and de­mands veer to­wards some­thing a bit more exclusive?

How about hav­ing the en­tire Yas Ma­rina Cir­cuit opened just for you? How about avail­ing yourself of ac­tual race cars, feel­ing like you’re part of a team and hav­ing one-to-one tu­ition by sea­soned pro­fes­sion­als, who train some of the most fa­mous names in the busi­ness? How about hav­ing an en­tire pro­gramme built around you and your de­sires? This is where Dragon Rac­ing re­ally demon­strates that it’s in a league of its own. Noth­ing, it seems, is off lim­its.

“We don’t re­ally have a fixed menu or price list for what we of­fer,” says Jake Car­lin, Dragon Rac­ing’s mar­ket­ing man­ager. “What we of­fer can’t be com­pared to any other com­pany any­where in the world.”

As he talks to me out­side one of the garages that line the pit lane at Yas Ma­rina’s iconic Grand Prix cir­cuit in Abu Dhabi, a man and a woman are climb­ing into a Fer­rari 458 Chal­lenge rac­ing car and a McLaren sprint car, re­spec­tively. The man is fairly ex­pe­ri­enced, hav­ing driven on dozens of track events, and is used to han­dling a high-per­for­mance car.

POWER THROUGH Dragon Rac­ing, so named be­cause the com­pany’s

founder has Far East con­nec­tions, pro­vides ac­tual race cars – and a plethora of

other lux­ury ser­vices – to any­one with a need for speed.

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