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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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Toyota Gazoo Racing top WEC’s rain-hit first practice in Bapco Energies 8 Hours of Bahrain

Toyota Gazoo Racing top WEC’s rain-hit first practice in Bapco Energies 8 Hours of Bahrain

  • Kobayashi-Conway-Lopez lead teammates Buemi-Hartley-Hirakawa to Toyota one-two in WEC FP1 at BIC
  • United Autosports fastest amongst LMP2 challengers, D’Station Racing top LMGTE Am classification
  • Robert De Haan sets pace in season-opening practice of 2023/2024 Porsche Carrera Cup Middle East
  • BIC to begin welcoming fans for WEC weekend on Friday, with gates scheduled to open at 11am

Toyota Gazoo Racing overcame a sudden downpour to top the first practice timesheet today in the Bapco Energies 8 Hours of Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit (BIC), “The Home of Motorsport in the Middle East”.

The final round of the 2023 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) flagged off in thrilling fashion, with the challenging weather conditions adding an external element that the WEC’s teams and star drivers are not used to in Sakhir.

The #7 crew of Kamui Kobayashi, Mike Conway and Jose Maria Lopez were the pace-setters in their Toyota GR010 Hybrid. They led a Toyota Gazoo Racing one-two in the extended session, where they were just 0.104 seconds ahead of teammates Sebastien Buemi, Brendon Hartley and Ryo Hirakawa in their #8 Hybrid.

Both cars were also the top two amongst the record-breaking 12 runners in the WEC’s Hypercar category.

United Autosports’ #22 crew of Frederick Lubin, Philip Hanson and Filipe Albuquerque were quickest in the WEC’s Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2) class, and D’Station Racing’s #777 trio of Liam Talbot, Casper Stevenson and Tomonobu Fujii were fastest in the Le Mans Grand Touring Endurance Am (LMGTE Am) category.

The 36-car WEC field of Hybrids and sportscars returns to action for the weekend’s second practice later today. The sessions are part of the opening day’s events in the Bapco Energies 8 Hours of Bahrain, which are being held behind closed doors.

BIC will be opening its gates to fans on Friday and Saturday (Editor’s note: 3 and 4 November) for them to enjoy watching endurance motorsport’s best teams and drivers go wheel to wheel in their iconic and technologically superior Hybrid cars and sportscars.

Gates are scheduled to be open from 11am to 6.30pm on Friday and from 10.30am to 10.30pm on Saturday.

Tickets cost just BD5.500 for adults and BD2.750 for kids for the two-day weekend programme. They can be bought online at BIC’s official website bahraingp.com, by calling the BIC Hotline on +973-17450000, or at the gate. Tickets are priced as one of the most affordable ways to witness a world championship motorsport event.

Hospitality packages are also available for the BIC Spirit of Le Mans Club Experience, where guests can experience exclusive cuisine and incredible views in BIC’s Paddock hospitality. Packages are also available to purchase online or via the BIC Hotline.

Race-goers will be able to watch the WEC action being complemented by the Porsche Carrera Cup Middle East.

They will also have loads of family entertainment to look forward to, along with a WEC-exclusive Open Paddock experience—a unique feature which allows fans to enjoy behind-the-scenes access, getting right next to the teams’ garages and possibly see some of the sport’s star drivers in person.

The colourful off-track attractions are available in the BIC vending area, and they include stunt shows, a classic car show, car simulators, roaming performers, kids’ stage shows, and so much more incredible entertainment.

In today’s first practice session, Kobayashi-Conway-Lopez posted a best lap time of one minute 49.856 seconds while completing 35 laps around BIC’s 5.412-kilometre track.

Buemi-Hartley-Hirakawa followed just over a tenth-of-a-second behind, while Proton Competition’s #99 crew of Harry Tincknell, Neel Jani and Gianmaria Bruni completed the overall top three 0.434s back in their Porsche 963 Hybrid.

Behind the leading trio in the Hypercar practice classification were the pair of Porsche Penske Motorsport contenders in fourth and fifth, Hertz Team JOTA in sixth, Cadillac Racing in seventh, and the pair of Ferrari AF Corse in eighth and ninth.

Peugeot TotalEnergies’ two Hybrids and Floyd Vanwall Racing Team were 10th through 12th, respectively, to complete the Hypercar rankings.

In the LMP2 class, Lubin-Hanson-Albuquerque in United Autosports’ Oreca 07-Gibson posted a best lap of 1:54.100 in 20 laps of work. Vector Sport’s #10 car and Team WRT’s #31 challenger joined them in the top three.

In the LMGTE Am category Talbot-Stevenson-Fujii had a fastest time of 1:59.516 in the Aston Martin Vantage AMR of D’Station Racing. Kessel Racing’s #57 Ferrari 488 GTE Evo were second and GR Racing’s #86 Porsche 911 RSR-19 came third.

De Haan sets pace in season-opening Porsche Carrera Cup practice

Dutchman Robert De Haan kick-started the on-track action in the Bapco Energies 8 Hours of Bahrain today by topping the first practice timesheet in the Porsche Carrera Cup Middle East (PCCME).

The PCCME is holding the opening round of its 2023/2024 season as part of this year’s WEC weekend in Sakhir.

De Haan had a best lap time of 2:04.087 in the dry 45-minute session, completing 13 laps of work.

German Theo Oeverhaus of DHL Team followed narrowly behind just 0.027 seconds off De Haan’s pace, while countryman Colin Boenighausen of Fire Racing finished third overall 0.327s back.

All three drivers were also the leaders amongst the Pro category competitors.
Saudi Arabia’s Khaled Alahmadi, driving for Saudi Racing, spearheaded the ProAm class with a best lap of 2:04.806; while Italian Sebastian Gorga of R1SE Motorsport was the pace-setter in the Am category with a fastest lap time of 2:05.547.

Bahrain’s Shaikh Salman bin Isa Al Khalifa, competing for Team Bahrain, was right behind Gorga in 2:05.975.

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