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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Due to exceptional demand, we have continued to expand our hospitality offerings. This year, we are delighted to offer The Dome Lounge by F1 Experiences, as well as The Champions Club, both tailor-made in response to the massive interest in hospitality options for the grand prix. In addition, the ultimate in world-class hospitality is available in The Paddock Cub Please note that Corporate boxes for 2024 are now sold out.

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Nasser, Adam and Alderayan claim back-to-back Rotax karting victories at BIKC

Nasser, Adam and Alderayan claim back-to-back Rotax karting victories at BIKC

Nasser Nass, Adam Awan and Omar Alderayan all claimed back-to-back victories over the weekend in the sixth and seventh rounds of the 2022/2023 Bahrain Rotax MAX Challenge (BRMC), held at Bahrain International Karting Circuit (BIKC) in Sakhir, the world-class grassroots motorsport facility at Bahrain International Circuit (BIC).

Nasser won both Finals in the Mini MAX category, while Adam triumphed in both Micro MAX Finals. Alderayan followed suit by taking both Final sprints in the DD2 MAX class.

Also emerging triumphant over the weekend were Gracie Grantham and Mohammed Alhasan, who shared the spoils in the Junior MAX class; as well as Muhammad Wally and Fahad Alkhaled, who both emerged victorious amongst the Senior MAX competitors.

The racing in the penultimate weekend of the current BRMC campaign was held along BIKC’s 1.414-kilometre CIK-FIA track. The BRMC is organised by BIKC and BIC, in cooperation with the Bahrain Motor Federation (BMF) and Bahrain Karting Commission (BKC).

In round six, Shaikh Ahmed bin Saqer Al Khalifa topped the Mini MAX Qualifying timesheet to claim pole for their Pre-Final, but Nasser was then able to claim first place in that race, 2.007 seconds ahead of Shaikh Ahmed. In the Final, Nasser and Shaikh Ahmed were once again engaged in a tight battle, with Nasser defending his position at the front all throughout the nine laps to win in eight minutes 53.065s. Shaikh Ahmed settled for the runner-up spot 0.578s back, while Vic Van Campenhout came third 5.312s adrift.

In the Micro MAX class, Ali Almoayed set the Qualifying pace but Adam raced to the win in the Pre-Final. Adam then rode his momentum into the Final, winning over nine laps in 9:25.074 with a 2.917s gap ahead of Ali. Tariq Soofi was third 3.495s back.

Gracie was in top form in the Junior MAX category, taking first place in both Qualifying and the Pre-Final. She then wrapped up a perfect round by inheriting the win in the 15-lap Final with a time of 13:36.165. Gracie had originally crossed the finish line in second place with Alhasan in first, but Alhasan was given a 10-second penalty, dropping him to fifth on the order. Luca Houghton was the eventual runner-up 5.037s from Gracie, and Jaber Alsabah came third 13.521s off the winner’s mark.

Wally also enjoyed a fine showing in the Senior MAX class, topping Qualifying and then winning the Pre-Final. Then, in the 15-lap Final, Wally put in a masterful performance, taking a pole-to-flag victory in 13:34.420. Leen Alarifi was in second 4.883s adrift, while Alkhaled completed the podium 5.627s from first.

In the DD2 MAX category, it was a two-horse race between Alderayan and Abdulla Jaweed, who out-duelled his rival in Qualifying. But in the Pre-Final, Alderayan took first place by 0.410s, and repeated his success in the Final, this time beating Jaweed by 5.683s over 15 laps.

The sixth round of the BRMC was followed by another action-packed event the following day at BIKC in round seven.

Shaikh Ahmed and Nasser were once again battling for top honours amongst the Mini MAX runners, and Shaikh Ahmed got the better finish in Qualifying. In the Pre-Final, however, Nasser won ahead of Rashid Hilal, before claiming the Final ahead of Shaikh Ahmed in 8:56.454. Shonal Kunimal completed the podium finishers.

In the Micro MAX, Adam was in front all the way, winning both Qualifying and the Pre-Final and then taking the nine-lap Final in 9:24.616, enjoying a 5.058s gap ahead of Ali.

In the Junior MAX category, Luca clinched pole for the Pre-Final but was pipped to the finish by Alhasan by a mere 1.551s. That set the stage for a thrilling Final, with Luca taking the win only to lose it post-race due to a five-second penalty, promoting Alhasan to first. Alhasan had a winning time of 13:32.443 over 15 laps, with Luca classified 3.481s behind as the runner-up. Saqer Almousherji came third 5.117s back.

The Senior MAX class saw Muhammad Wally take pole for the Pre-Final but Alkhaled later win that race. Alkhaled then triumphed in the 15-lap Final, taking the chequered flag in 13:32.644—a narrow 1.490s ahead of Wally. Leen Alarifi claimed the last podium step 6.930s from the victor.

In the DD2 MAX category, Jaweed had again beaten Alderayan in Qualifying but the tables were turned in the Pre-Final, with Alderayan winning by 0.832s. Alderayan then completed his back-to-back wins for the weekend, taking the Final in 13:34.381 after 15 laps and Jaweed classified 12.713s behind.

At the end of both days of racing, the winners were presented their respective trophies in podium ceremonies attended by BIKC, BIC, BMF and BKC officials.