The island’s karting fans are in for a double treat this month with not one but two major events taking place just a few days apart.
Over the last two months, aspiring drivers have been competing for a place in the Redbull Kart Fight Bahrain Final, with the fastest 40, out of hundreds of competitors, going up against each other on November 2 for the chance to represent Bahrain at the world final.
Billed as ‘one of the most exciting motorsport events in Bahrain’ the fastest 40 amateur karting drivers on the island, who managed to qualify for the Red Bull Kart Fight Final, will have the chance to experience the heady excitement of a real race; the adrenaline rush in those minutes before departure, the intoxicating mix of burnt rubber and race fuel and the thrill of the grid departure.
The competition for the final spots was fierce as drivers had to maintain, regain or strengthen their position in the top 40 by continuously improving their fastest laps.
The final battle is expected to be super competitive as these kart fighters cannot benefit from weight advantages and can only count on their driving skills. The Red Bull event is held in accordance with international sporting regulations to ensure only the best amateur driver can win the one and only spot for Bahrain in the Red Bull Kart Fight World Final which takes place at the Bologna Motorshow, Italy, on December 8 and 9 where the best 22 amateur kart drivers from around the world will be competing for the ultimate title.
The free event takes place at the Viva Karting Track at the BIC, with doors opening at 6.30pm.
And, as if that wasn’t enough excitement for the kingdom’s karting fans, just a week later Bahrain is set to host the cream of international karting’s young stars.
Also at the Viva Karting Track, the event will feature the best young drivers from around the world in the third and final round of the 2012 CIK-FIA U18 World Karting Championship and Academy Trophy.
Running from November 8-10, this will be the first major international race to be held at the venue since it was formally opened earlier this year.
The opening round of the challenge was held in Braga, Portugal in July. It was followed by round two in August held in Angerville, France.
Now around 160 drivers from all over the world are heading to Bahrain to contest the season finale. Nearly 90 are in the provisional entry list for the world championship, while another 50 or so will be battling it out in the Academy Trophy.
The highly competitive field includes four of Bahrain’s top young karters who will be flying the kingdom’s flag at their home circuit.
The homegrown talents include three divers in the world championship, Shaikh Ali bin Mohammed Al Khalifa and Adeeb Kuzbar representing Team Bahrain and Abdulla Al Thawadi of the Saudi Falcons team, plus Shaikh Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa driving for the Academy Trophy.
Apart from all the racing action, there will be plenty of entertainment for the whole family to enjoy off of the track and entrance to the general public is free over the whole race weekend.
There are also paddock tickets costing BD10 apiece, which allow holders access to the paddock area where they can rub shoulders with the teams and drivers plus have special seating along an exclusive grandstand above Parc Ferme.
BIC CEO Shaikh Salman bin Isa Al Khalifa said: “I am certain that we will enjoy plenty of high-level racing this November, with young guys who will become brand names in just another five or six years’ time.”
Pink Walkathon Usually held in October as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this year’s walkathon is being organised by the American Mission Hospital in support of its awareness campaign and free monitoring programme so it’s still a chance to stretch your legs for a good cause. Pink Walkathon, Nov 3, Dohart Arad, Call (39 688 619).
Football tournament Mondial Hisham Fulath 2012 charity cash and awareness raising football tournament in remembrance of young Bahraini sportsman Hisham Fulath whose life was cut short by cancer. The games begin with the junior tournament on Nov 16 and the adult contest begins with group stages on Nov 29 and 30 and Dec 1. Quarters, semis and finals take place on Dec 5, 6 and 7 and a total of 16 adult teams are expected to take part. Mondial Hisham Fulath 2012, Nov 16-Dec 7. Al Najma Club, Juffair. Call (36 619 944).
Bahrain Marathon Relay One of the year’s biggest sporting events which raises cash for Bahrain Round Table, the 48-km race is run in 16 legs of around 3km each with teams entering from all the island’s various sectors from schools to banks and hotels. It kicks off at the VIVA Karting Track at the BIC and will run over several hours. Bahrain Marathon Relay, Nov 16, VIVA Karting Track, Sakhir. Call (39 302 064).
Dubai Rugby 7s Taking place over the last weekend of the month, the sevens will see teams from Bahrain Rugby Football Club representing the kingdom in the local tournament. Keep an eye out for the Golden Oldies and lots of other Bahrain boys on the field. They’re previously done really well at this tournament though fortunes have not been so great in recent years so, if you’re heading to Dubai for this party weekender, make sure to cheer them on.