Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix 2024

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BIC is set to celebrate its 20th anniversary next year, as the opening round of the 2024 season and its first-ever Saturday night race at the Home of Motorsport in the Middle East on 29 February to 2 March 2024.

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BIC all set for action-packed race weekend with WEC’s season-ending Bapco 8 Hours of Bahrain

BIC all set for action-packed race weekend with WEC’s season-ending Bapco 8 Hours of Bahrain

  • WEC Practices to flag off track action Thursday behind closed doors
  • WTCR-FIA World Touring Car Cup set for historic regional debut
  • Porsche Sprint Challenge ME begins 2022/2023 season in Bahrain
  • Fans to enjoy two exciting days on and off track at WEC weekend

Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) is all geared up to bring the curtain down on the 2022 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) with the highly anticipated Bapco 8 Hours of Bahrain this Friday and Saturday (11 and 12 November).

The WEC’s landmark 10th anniversary season is set for a thrilling climax as global endurance racing’s elite gather at “The Home of Motorsport in the Middle East” for a grand finale.

The road to the Bahrain curtain-closer featured stops earlier this year in Sebring in the US, Spa in Belgium, Le Mans in France, Monza in Italy, and the foothills of Mount Fuji in Japan. Now, it’s on to the WEC’s only destination in the region for yet another spectacular duel in the desert.

Tickets to the WEC spectacle continue to be available and fans are urged to purchase theirs today so as not to miss out on another extra special occasion at BIC.

Tickets cost just BD5 for adults and BD2.5 for kids for the two-day weekend programme. They can be bought online at or by calling the BIC Hotline on +973-17450000. Tickets are priced as one of the most affordable ways to witness a world championship motorsport event.

On Wednesday, scrutineering of the race cars was conducted by officials while the participating drivers held their customary pre-event track walk around BIC’s 5.412-kilometre Grand Prix circuit.

Action this weekend flags off Thursday (10 November) behind closed doors, setting the stage for when BIC welcomes fans for two days of non-stop racing and entertainment.

The WEC’s star-studded cast of competitors will be holding their first Free Practice session over 90 minutes Thursday between 12.15pm and 1.45pm, to be followed by a second Free Practice of the same duration from 5.30pm to 7pm.

Also on the day, the supporting WTCR-FIA World Touring Car Cup and Porsche Sprint Challenge Middle East will each hold two Practices.

For the WTCR, the first Practice over 45 minutes will begin at 10.50am and the next for 30 minutes will start at 3.30pm. The Porsche Sprint Challenge ME will have a pair of 45-minute Practices, flagging off at 9.35am and 2.15pm.

Friday’s WEC action will include a third Free Practice and Qualifying, while both the WTCR and Porsche Sprint Challenge ME will each stage qualifying and their first races of the weekend.

Saturday will see the support series’ second races, and then the main event, this year’s Bapco 8 Hours of Bahrain, scheduled for a 2pm rolling start.

All are invited to attend the weekend’s events, which will include a colourful array of off-track entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. The attractions include stunt performances, a classic car show, a kids’ zone and live music.

All 10 WEC titles still up for grabs in Bahrain

All is still to play for at the Bapco 8 Hours of Bahrain with all 10 2022 titles of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) set to be decided in the season-finale.

Two championship battles apiece are to be decided in the Hypercar, Le Mans Grand Touring Endurance (LMGTE) Pro and LMGTE Am categories, while four will be settled in the Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2) class.

Headlining the title races are the Hypercar World Endurance Drivers and Constructors’ Championships, going down to the wire between the Toyota Gazoo Racing and Alpine Elf Team crews.

The GT FIA World Endurance Drivers’ Championship battle sees the top three contenders all within 14 points of each other, with Ferrari and Porsche the chief contenders for the GT Manufacturers FIA World Endurance Championship, separated by just a single point.

There are only 20 points between the top two contenders fighting for both the FIA Endurance Trophy for Am Drivers and the FIA Endurance Trophy for GTE Am Teams.

In the LMP2 class, the titles up for grabs are the FIA Endurance Trophy for LMP2 Drivers and the FIA Endurance Trophy for LMP2 Teams, both currently led by JOTA; as well as the FIA Endurance Trophy for LMP2 Pro/Am Drivers and the FIA Endurance Trophy for LMP2 Pro/Am Teams, with AF Corse leading in both.

WTCR set for historic Bahrain and Middle East debut

The WTCR-FIA World Touring Car Cup will be the headlining support series at the Bapco 8 Hours of Bahrain weekend, and it is making its historic debut at BIC and the Middle East.

The championship is the pinnacle of customer touring car racing and sits at the top of the TCR category ladder, with WTCR Race of Bahrain the series’ penultimate event of the season.

Evolving from the FIA World Touring Car Championship ahead of 2018, WTCR is administered by the FIA and promoted by Discovery Sports Events.

Experienced racers and young talents compete in turbocharged TCR cars from Audi, CUPRA, Honda and Hyundai.

A Balance of Performance formula, sustainable biofuel from P1 Racing Fuels and tyres from Goodyear provide a level playing field. Power is capped at 360bhp, while speeds reach 260kph.

Significant cost-control measures allow privateer teams with limited technical support from manufacturers to fight at the front.

Porsche Sprint Challenge set for season-opener

While the FIA WEC field will be closing their season this weekend, the Porsche Sprint Challenge Middle East’s contenders will be opening theirs.

The one-make championship is the only factory-supported series in this part of the world. It was created to give the region’s home-grown driving talent an opportunity to realise their racing potential while enhancing personal track experience not only on race weekends, but also through extensive coaching and testing opportunities.

It has become popular for drivers and fans alike, featuring real racing and genuine rivalries on the track.

Round one will see a field of 19 international starters in the Porsche 992 GT3 Cup car, which is also driven in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. Three different classes, Pro, Pro-Am and Am, will make it possible for all drivers to compete according to the current level of their racing career.

Lechner Racing are the organiser and promoter in cooperation with Porsche and other partners.

This weekend’s Bahrain round will be followed by five other race weekends at tracks across the Gulf, with two races each event. The championship is scheduled to conclude with two rounds supporting Formula 1, including the Bahrain and Saudi Arabian grands prix in 2023.