Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) is all set to host one of the biggest events on its annual calendar: the FIA WEC Six Hours of Bahrain.
The endurance racing spectacle makes a grand return to Sakhir on November 20 and 21 as the eighth and final round of the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC).
BIC Chief Executive Shaikh Salman bin Isa Al Khalifa announced today an exciting programme of top-class events that awaits fans both leading up to and during the event.
Shaikh Salman was speaking at a Press conference held at the BIC premises, together with WEC CEO Gerard Neveu and popular Porsche LMP1 team driver Brendon Hartley.
“The FIA WEC Six Hours of Bahrain is one of the major highlights on our BIC calendar each year,” said Shaikh Salman. “We take pride in being the sole destination for the WEC in the entire Middle East.
“I would like to thank Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) President Pierre Fillon and WEC CEO Gerard Neveu for their trust in us to once again host the season-ending event.
“The relationship between BIC and the WEC continues to grow from strength to strength, and we look forward to hosting a monumental event in just a few weeks’ time that both BIC and the WEC can be proud of.”
WEC CEO Gerard Neveu commented:
“We would like to thank Shaikh Salman bin Isa Al Khalifa and everyone at Bahrain International Circuit for the warm welcome given to the World Endurance Championship and for their continued support of the 6 Hours of Bahrain, now in its fourth year.
“Racing into the night gives the event a special atmosphere, and the entire paddock very much enjoys visiting Bahrain. As this year’s event will be the season finale, we know there will be even more pressure on competitors to succeed, with championship titles in the balance, and there will therefore be more excitement and tension for spectators to enjoy.
“We have more cars on the grid in 2015 than ever before, and the high quality of our teams and drivers has provided world class entertainment from Europe to the Americas, to Asia and now to the Middle East. The partnership between the ACO and the FIA has raised endurance racing to new levels of exposure and popularity, and the inclusion of world class facilities such as those at BIC on our calendar remains vital.
“Bahrain continues to provide the perfect stage for the most prestigious, most competitive and best sport car race to be held in the Middle East region. This year we will also have the GP2 and GP3 series racing alongside us providing a unique and great weekend of entertainment for fans from Bahrain and beyond. We look forward to coming back to Bahrain in November, and to seeing you all at BIC.”
Things to expect
- Plenty of competition in the four categories: the Le Mans Prototype 1 (LMP2, Le Mans Grand Touring Endurance Pro (LMGTE Pro) and LMGTE Amateur (LMGTE Am).
- Star-studded line-up of drivers including Hartley, teammates Mark Webber and Timo Bernhard; Sebastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson, Kazuki Nakajima, Alexander Wurz of Toyota Racing; Vitantonio Liuzzi and Christian Klien of Team ByKolles; Lucas di Grassi of Audi Sport Team Joest; Nick Heidfeld of Rebellion Racing; and Giancarlo Fisichella of LMGTE Pro team AF Corse.
- Many of the world’s most prestigious brands in motoring, including Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martin, Audi and Toyota, among others.
- Four other internationally and regionally renowned championships as part of the support programme. These are the GP2 Series and, for the first time ever in Bahrain, the GP3 Series. Then there’s the BIC-bred Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East and the India-based MRF Challenge.
How to get tickets?
- Tickets are now available online and (www.bahraingp.com) or by calling BIC Hotline (+973-17-450000).
- Tickets cost just BD10 for while al those aged 15 years old and below can get in absolutely free.
For more information on the FIA WEC Six Hours of Bahrain or other BIC activities, visit the circuit’s official website or call the BIC Hotline.