Bahrain International Circuit, ‘The Home of Motorsport in the Middle East’, proudly hosts the opening day of the GP2 Asia Series race weekend Thursday, at the world-class desert racing facility in Sakhir.
While on-the-track action gets underway Thursday, fans will be able to enjoy all the off-the-track family entertainment on Friday and Saturday.The GP2 Asia Series will be supported in Bahrain by the WGA Chevrolet Supercars Middle East Championship, along with the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East. Events will get underway at 9 a.m. Thursday with the Porsche GT3 Cup free practices. GP2 Asia will then be holding their free practices from 11 a.m., followed at 12.30 p.m. by the second free practice in the Porsche GT3 Cup.The opening day’s events will be rounded off with a 30-minute qualifying for GP2 Asia.All the participating teams and drivers in each championship have already arrived in the Kingdom and were seen today at Bahrain International Circuit beginning to set up their garages and cars. Over 300 team personnel were at the circuit conducting their final preparations for Thursday’s start to racing.
GP2 Asia is expected to attract thousands of fans, being the strongest feeder category to Formula One. GP2 has helped mold the careers of some of Formula One’s leading drivers today, including Lewis Hamilton of McLaren, Nico Rosberg of Mercedes GP and Sebastien Buemi of Toro Rosso, to name just a few.The season flagged off last week at Yas Marina Circuit located in the UAE capital of Abu Dhabi, where James Bianchi of Lotus ART and Stefano Coletti of Trident Racing won a race each to highlight the curtain-raising round.Bahrain International Circuit is now fully ready to stage its own GP2 Asia Series meeting, which will be the second largest international motorsport event of 2011 in the Kingdom.It is second only to the Formula One Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix, which takes place March 11-12-13 as the first of a record 20 Grands Prix in the 2011 Formula One World Championship.In Bahrain, GP2 Asia is set to host the second of its three rounds this season. The WGA Chevrolet Supercars will be holding round three of six, while the Porsche GT3 Cup will be staging rounds seven and eight of 12 for its 2011 championship.Tickets for the GP2 Asia event cost 7 BD for adults for the entire weekend’s events. Access to luxury lounges along Oasis Complex are also available for 45 BD per person for Friday and Saturday. Children aged 15 years old and younger can get in to the event free of charge, while all holders of three-day tickets to this year’s Formula One Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix can also get in for free.
For more information or to buy tickets, log on to Bahrain International Circuit’s official website, www.bahraingp.com, or by calling the circuit hotline on +973-17-450000. Tickets are also available at the circuit’s stands in Seef Mall and Bahrain City Centre.