Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) hosts a special edition of National Racing Festival this Friday and Saturday (March 4 and 5).
The two-day event is set to feature three highly competitive championships:
- The sixth and final round of the 2015/2016 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East
- The sixth round of the 2015/2016 BIC 2,000cc Challenge
- The third round of the 2016 Bahrain Super Bike Championship (BSBK)
Timings: 9am to 5pm both days.
(A more detailed timetable of events will be published once available)
The coveted GT3 Cup title will be up for grabs as up to four drivers still have a mathematical chance to claim the crown.
UAE driver Jeffrey Schmidt is the favourite and overall championship leader with 225 points. Former champions Zaid Ashkanani of Kuwait and Prince Abdulaziz Al Faisal of Saudi Arabia are also in the hunt. Ashkanani is second with 199 points and Prince Abdulaziz is fourth on 180 makers.
Irishman Ryan Cullen is sandwiched between Ashkanani and Prince Abdulazizin in third position with 191 points.
Meanwhile, Prince Saud Al Faisal of Saudi leads the Silver class with 139 points – just nine ahead of German Wolfgang Triller. In the Bronze category, Bahrain’s very own Shaikh Jaber bin Ali Al Khalifa leads with 111 points. Rob Frijns from the Netherlands follows with 90.
Al Nabooda Raiong are the clear favourite in the Teams’ Championship. They have a 424-point total, well ahead of current second-placers Al Faisal Racing who have 319points. Team Bahrain are fifth from six with 135 markers.
In the BIC 2,000cc Challenge, former champion Shaikh Salman bin Isa bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa paces the championship hopefuls with 194 points and two rounds to go after this weekend’s events. Alex Longden is a distant second with 143 points and Hussain Karimi is third on a 131 total.
In the BSBK, Qatar’s Mishal Alneaimi has established himself as the man to beat early on its inaugural season after winning all four races held to date at BIC. He boasts a perfect 100 points on the standings. Briton Wesley Pearce trails in second with 70 markers while Qatari Fahad Alsuwaidi is third with 56.
All are welcome to attend National Racing Festival. Tickets are BD2 apiece for both days of action. They can be purchased at the gate.