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Tickets are now available for the final two rounds of the WEC’s 2021 season at "The Home of Motorsport in the Middle East"

WEC - BAPCO 6 Hours of Bahrain

Tickets are now available for the final two rounds of the WEC’s 2021 season at "The Home of Motorsport in the Middle East", kicking off with the Bapco 6 Hours of Bahrain on October 29 and 30, and to be followed the very next weekend by the Bapco 8 Hours of Bahrain on November 5 and 6. Prices to each race weekend offer one of the most affordable ways to witness a World Championship motorsport event.

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WEC - Bapco 8 Hours of Bahrain

Tickets are now available for the final two rounds of the WEC’s 2021 season at "The Home of Motorsport in the Middle East", kicking off with the Bapco 6 Hours of Bahrain on October 29 and 30, and to be followed the very next weekend by the Bapco 8 Hours of Bahrain on November 5 and 6. Prices to each race weekend offer one of the most affordable ways to witness a World Championship motorsport event.

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BIC History

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Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) is an ultramodern motorsport facility that is located in the heart of the Sakhir desert. Designed by the renowned German engineer Hermann Tilke, the circuit incorporates many features of local culture.

Costing approximately $150 million, the entire facility took less than 18 months to build – quite a feat considering the massive undertaking that was needed to develop the land.

BIC features five FIA certified track layouts, more than anywhere else in the world . This allows the circuit to host a range of motor racing events. The 5.412-kilometre Grand Prix Track regularly hosts international races, including the Formula One Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix, the FIA World Endurance Championship Six Hours of Bahrain, races in the GP2 Series and the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup.

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THE BEGINNING

His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister’s passion for motorsports enabled him to have a vision for raising the profile of the Kingdom of Bahrain internationally. The Crown Prince had also wanted to bring Formula One to the island. In a chance meeting with former Formula One World champion Sir Jackie Stewart on a Concorde flight, the seeds for this idea were planted.

THE PRIDE

On April 4, 2004 (04/04/04), BIC became the first-ever track in the Middle East to host the FIA Formula One World Championship. This opened doors to countless new opportunities for the entire region, not only in motorsport but also in business and tourism.

More than 10 years on, the Bahrain Grand Prix is now renowned as one of the most friendly, atmospheric and exciting races of the Formula One season. It has also become one of the most watched on live TV by fans across the world, as well as being one of the most commercially viable.

With many other international championships making its way to the desert track and the rise of several national and regional championships, BIC quickly established itself as “The Home of Motorsport in the Middle East”. BIC clearly holds that distinction today and is responsible for the rapid development of motor racing in this part of the world.

MAKING HISTORY

The first piece of ground in the Sakhir desert was broken in October of 2002. It took 18 months to complete the edifice designed by German architect Hermann Tilke. Initially scheduled to take two years to build, Bernie Ecclestone had asked if it could be brought forward by six months, this was agreed. The “keys” to the circuit were handed over in just 496 days to His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa on March 17, 2004.

Quick Facts

AWARDS WON

FIA Institute of Excellence of impeccable track facilities

INAUGURATED

In April 2004, hosting the first Formula One in the Middle East

TRACK LENGTH

5.412km

NUMBER OF GRAND PRIX TILL DATE

15

ILLUMINATE

495 light posts around the GP track

MANPOWER

600 Marshals during the Formula One weekend

LENGTH OF TYRE BARRIERS IN METERS

4100 totally length of tyre barriers in meters

RUBBER

Total of 82,000 number of tyres used

RUN-OFF AREA

140,000 total in sq meters of the run-off area

NUMBER OF LAPS TO FINISH DURING THE BAHRAIN GP

57

FLORA

1120 palm trees around the track

FASTEST RECORDING LAP

1:31.477 - Pedro De La Rosa, McLaren