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 welcomes world’s best Rotax karters for Grand Finals 2021 at Sakhir karting track

BIC welcomes world’s best Rotax karters for Grand Finals 2021 at Sakhir karting track

  • Nearly 400 karters representing more than 75 countries have gathered in Bahrain for event
  • Action to be held in seven race classes, including the Micro, Mini, Junior, Senior, DD2, DD2 Masters and EKART Senior
  • Bahrain to be represented by 10 of Kingdom’s best karting talents.
  • Spectator access free of charge for racing between 13 to 18 December

BIC, Sakhir – Bahrain International Circuit (BIC), “The Home of Motorsport in the Middle East”, is all set to host one of the biggest karting events in the world from this Saturday to next (December 11 to 18) in Sakhir.

The Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals (RMCGF) 2021 will be hitting the tarmac at BIC’s history-making karting facility, Bahrain International Karting Circuit (BIKC), with close to 400 karters from all across the globe taking part.

This is the first time the RMCGF is being held in the Kingdom, and the stage is set for a spectacular event.

BIC Chief Executive Shaikh Salman bin Isa Al Khalifa commented: “We are honoured to be hosting this prestigious meeting as the Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals is one of the biggest karting events on the global stage.

“We are proud that our world-class karting facility is helping to grow young drivers and this event further highlights our commitment to enhancing motorsport in the region, particularly at the grassroots level.

“The event brings together hundreds of karters, their crews and fans into the Kingdom for an exciting and extraordinary week of racing.

“We wish everyone a safe, successful and memorable Grand Finals!”

All roads have led to Bahrain this year, with karters gaining invitations to race this week having excelled in their individual country-based Rotax MAX qualifying competitions from more than 75 nations.

The participants will be battling it out in seven different categories, including the Micro MAX, the Mini MAX, the Junior MAX, the Senior MAX, the DD2, DD2 Masters and the EKART Senior. The week’s action will be held along BIKC’s 1.414-kilometre CIK track, which has been the setting for world championship-level races in the past.

Scrutineering and pre-race formalities are scheduled to take place on the opening two days of the event on Saturday and Sunday (December 11 and 12), with the raffle of karts set for Sunday morning.

The first on-track action will then be on Monday (December 13) with the Non-Qualifying Practices. They continue until Wednesday (December 15), which is when the Qualifying Heats will take place, which continue until Thursday (December 16).

Friday (December 17) will then see the Pre-Finals be held, setting the stage for the Finals on Saturday (December 18).

Spectators wishing to witness the very best in global karting can attend between 13 and 18 December, with entry free of charge. Due to limited capacity at the karting circuit, entry will be on a first come first served basis.

Amongst the competing karters will be 10 drivers representing the Kingdom of Bahrain, all of whom are champions in the national Rotax MAX series.

Set to compete in the Micro MAX category is Shaikh Rashid bin Salman Al Khalifa; while Gracie Rose Grantham, Luca Kane Houghton, Charles Goddard and Khaled Najar will all be racing in the Mini MAX class.

Abdulqader Qasem and Tye Mejia will be competing in the Junior MAX category; while flying the Kingdom’s flag amongst the Senior MAX karters are Fahad Almuqla and Lewis Smith; and Shaikh Salman bin Rashid Al Khalifa in the DD2 Masters class.

There are no Bahrainis competing in the DD2 class and EKART Senior category, which is an electric class that will mark the first-ever electric races ever held in Bahrain.

BIKC was designed to the highest international standards and is capable of hosting world championship races under the CIK-FIA. The circuit made motorsport history in 2012 when it became the first karting track anywhere across the globe to host a world championship-level event at night thanks to the high-specification floodlight system. 

The challenging track features 14 turns, which will give the opportunity to see thrilling action on the track when the best Rotax drivers will fight for the podium to end 2021.