The Bahrain International Circuit is all set to welcome one of its busiest seasons ever. Motor Sports fans in Bahrain can expect lots of racing and other events at the ‘Home of Motor Sport’ in the Middle East, starting this weekend of the 15th season.
BIC commercial director Sherif Al Mahdy revealed the 2018-19 calendar of national and international activities at a Press conference at BIC yesterday, with announcing of the very exciting return of the Bahrain GT Festival in November and the 2019 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix this time on 29,30 and 31st March 2019.
Al Mahdy further mentioned that there are upto 400 events per year and some of the events last for days and weeks along with the separate events going on simultaneously. “Last November we had the IGN going on along with the national races. We were also having the drifting at the time apart from another event at the media center. Most weekends are very busy, so we try to utilize various parts of the BIC for the events. This year we are expecting busier weekdays as well.”
Among the experiences which are available every day:
The circuit-wide Open Tour, offers guests a chance to visit the most important locations around the circuit, like Sakhir Tower and its eighth-floor roof-top where a 360-degree view of BIC can be enjoyed, the Race Control Tower, Media Centre, Formula 1 Paddock. Arrive and Drive karting, Track Top Adventure and a visit to BIC’s Welcome Centre.
Arrive and Drive karting, available at Bahrain International Karting Circuit (BIKC), Track Top Adventure which brings about thrills outside the race track featuring ziplines, a climbing wall and free-fall jumps.
The Welcome Centre is a must-visit for all who make the trip to the circuit. Here, fans are able to choose from a wide range of Formula 1 and BIC merchandise, and even an assortment of valuable souvenirs.
Open Track, the experiences on the racing circuit, gives motor sport lovers a chance to bring their very own cars or motorbikes and take them around for a non-competitive drive or ride around the BIC track. There will also be an all-ladies Open Track event this season for the first time.
Ebrahim K Kanoo Drag and Drift Night allows members of the public to bring their own road vehicles and either power them down BIC’s quarter-mile drag strip or literally take a spin around a specially constructed drifting course.
Jaguar Experience and the Land Rover Experience Centre, both of which are exclusive to BIC in the entire Middle East.
The Land Rover Experience Centre allows fans to get a taste of ‘off-roading’ like never before. Exploring exciting adventure through 32 natural and man-made different terrains such as sand, rock, hill, and water landscapes. It can be enjoyed either as a driver or a passenger while discovering the unique capabilities of the Land Rover.
Explaining further on the packed calendar event Al Mahdy said, “The Open Track, Drag and Drift and the Ultimate Track Experience will each be held at least once a month up until early May of next year, with something happening almost every single week. In all for the new season, there will be 15 Open Track events (eight at night and seven in the daytime), 14 Drag and Drift Nights, and nine days of the Ultimate Track Experience.
“Aside from the wide variety of public offerings, Bahrain’s national racing championships will be taking up much of the season calendar. These will be held both along BIC’s 2.55-kilometre Inner Track and down the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA)-sanctioned drag strip.
“The local scene will once again feature three championships held under the Circuit Racing Club (CRC) banner. These include the BIC 2,000cc Challenge for cars; and the Bahrain Superbike Championship and Bahrain Motorcycle Racing (BMR) 600 for motorbikes.
“The national scene also has the premier drag racing series in all the Middle East: The Bahrain Drag Racing Championship. Taking place under the umbrella of the NHRA Worldwide Network, the drag racing season will feature five rounds. Round one is scheduled for November 17, round two on December 22, round three on January 19, and then rounds four and five will be held on back-to-back weekends on February 23 and March 2.
“The BIC’s first major international event for the 2018-19 season will be the second Bahrain GT Festival, scheduled for November 30 and December 1. All this and much more will be a part of the GT Festival. Tickets are BD5 for adults and half price for teenagers aged 13 to 17. Children aged 12 and under can attend for free. Tickets will be on sale from October 1 on the BIC website, www.bahraingp.com, and from October 15 at the BIC stand in Bahrain City Centre. The for the first time the early bird will get upto 25% discount on the purchase of their tickets for the limited period,” he added.
To find out more about the new racing season, visit bahraingp.com or call the BIC Hotline on +973-17-450000. Also, follow BIC’s official social media accounts on Facebook (facebook.com/OfficialBahrainInternationalCircuit), Twitter (@BAH_Int_Circuit), Instagram (instagram.com/bah_int_circuit) and YouTube (youtube.com/bahrainbic) for regular updates.