Fast cars return to the BIC for a motorsport season finale
Time Out Bahrain staff
Fast cars return to the BIC for the competition’s season finale.
There’s a feast of motorsport in store for racing fans at the Bahrain International Circuit this month with the closing contest of the World Endurance Championship as well as several supporting races.
About 30 of the world’s fastest cars run by the premiere international autosport teams will comprise the grid and among the participants are former Formula One drivers Alex Wurz, Allan McNish, Nick Heidfeld, former Bahrain resident Sebastien Buemi and Anthony Davidson as well as other talents who will look to make a mark at the November grand finale. Drivers will work in turns, swapping places behind the wheel a number of times as the six hours wear on.
Though there’s one big race, competitions take place over four car classes: the Le Mans Prototype 1 (LMP1), LMP2, Le Mans Grand Touring Endurance – Pro (LMGTE Pro) and LMGTE Am.
The Le Mans Prototype cars are the fastest closed-wheel racing cars in circuit racing today and can reach maximum speeds even higher than Formula One vehicles. LMGTE cars are grand tourer race cars and there are strict regulations to help even out the playing field which, in turn, results in more exciting racing action. Winners will be crowned in each of the four classes.
Racing will take place on BIC’s 5.412-km Grand Prix track with the action initially getting underway behind closed doors on November 28, with practice sessions.The first open day to the public will be November 29, which is when qualifying for the next day’s race will be held. The Six Hours of Bahrain is then scheduled to flag off at 3pm on November 30 ending at 9pm that night.
Several exciting support races will feature on the sidelines of the Six Hours of Bahrain, including the opening round of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East, India’s MRF Challenge and the homegrown BIC 2,000cc Challenge.
And there’s also a whole host of trackside entertainment planned including international DJ John Revox, who’s played alongside the likes of Fatboy Slim and David Guetta, as well as local favourites the Awesome People, Alderon and the Legendz.
Three children’s variety shows – the Wizard of Oz, Mary Poppins and a magician – will keep the little ones happy and there’ll also be an entertainment area with rides, face painters and lots more.
Plus, an open paddock area will give fans the chance to wander one of the WEC’s busiest zones and take in the sights and behind-the-scenes action.
Visitors can take a closer look at team buildings and check out the teams hard at work in their respective garages. They also stand the chance of seeing the WEC’s premiere drivers as they roam around the area. An autograph session along the pit lane is also on the cards, for the chance of a lifetime to meet some of the championship’s biggest stars.
Tickets for the Six Hours of Bahrain cost BD20 for adults and BD10 for children aged three to 12, under threes go free and all ticket holders will be entered into a draw for the chance to win a car. Visit www.bahraingp.com for more information and to buy tickets.