News in Brief: Thursday April 3

News in Brief: Thursday April 3
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Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit will increase capacity for the 2014 Formula One Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to cope with record demand from fans.

The Abu Dhabi Hill grassed area introduced last year has been extended to accommodate 3,000 more fans. The Paddock Club has also been boosted by 1,500 extra guests, meaning the event will now host 60,000, smashing the previous record of 55,000 set last year.

Tickets for the event are now on sale.


Wildman Wilderness Lodge in the Top End has reopened for the 2014 season with new team members and touring experiences.

Melissa Hoare, formerly of Peppers Manor House and Kings Canyon Resort, joins as general manager with Bailey Price taking on the role of head chef and Scott McMillan becomes tour manager.

McMillan is introducing a range of new fishing tours for this season by boat, airboat, helicopter and 4WD to the property, located two hours’ drive from Darwin.


Cars, motor sport and luxury are the themes of a new Middle Eastern Tour from GP Exec, to take place in January 2015.

Divers will enjoy track days at the Dubai Autodrome and at Abu Dhabi’s YAS Marina Grand Prix circuit, with visits to Ferrari World, golf courses and a desert safari also on offer.

Australia's leading track day and motor sport experience provider, GP Exec has announced an exclusive overseas tour that will whet the appetite of any true aficionado of cars, motor sport and luxury.

"This is aimed directly at those who like the finer things in life and with a desire to drive some of the world's most exciting cars on some of the fastest and most exciting tracks available," executive Paul Steer said.

"We ensure our tours have a maximum of 20 track participants, plus partners, to ensure the ultimate luxury experience without compromise," he added.

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