BAHRAIN INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT
as the BIC 2000 Challenge and now in
its 11th year. Catering to amateur and
semi-professional drivers and teams, the
BIC 2000 Challenge is for production-based sedans and GT cars under 2000cc
engine displacement. It’s created an
opening into motorsport for many people
in the region. In addition, the circuit also
hosts the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge
Middle East, and on two wheels the
Bahrain Superbike Championship, where
all riders compete on identical Ducati 899
Panigale sport bikes. The facility is also
home to an FIA-CIK karting track and an
off-road course that is the site for a Land
Rover Experience. BIC is also looking at
newer horizons by embracing the worlds
of drag racing and drifting.
“Now that we have become an
established race, we have been fortunate
enough to be able to travel around the
world, supporting new promoters as they
come into F1,” says Shaikh Salman.
“Baku has been the most recent example
of this where we have provided extensive
consulting services to them around
marshaling, race control and logistics.
We are proud that our team of home
grown experts are now an exported
commodity around the world.
“Our plan is to continue to build patiently
our global reach as the home of motorsport
in the Middle East. Making use of our
world-class facilities, growing interest in
the sport and increasing our calendar of
events will all contribute to that. You only
have to look at the crowds and
participation in events such as our drag
racing to see how interest has grown.”
Not only has the Bahrain International
Circuit established a solid motorsports
presence in the Middle East, it’s also
undoubtedly compelled the legacy
circuits around the world to raise their
game as well, and that is no illusion.
(TOP) The BIC 2000
Challenge is bringing
more people into
developing new talent
in the process.
fans can follow the
If the Formula 1 Gulf Air
Bahrain Grand Prix, set for
April 15, 2018, isn’t already
enough to get you to consider
Bahrain as your next
motorsports destination, then
perhaps Bahrain International
Circuit’s long list of year-
’round experiences may tip
the balance. Eight different
offerings put you on track.
From the Radical SR1 and
SR3 Experience, to the
Dragster Experience, there
is something for every taste
and level. Find out more at
WHERE TO NEXT?
A Radcal SR3 Experience offers
a taste of what it takes for F1
drivers to get around BIC.
Drag racing is popular in the
Middle East, and BIC has one of
the top drag strips in the region.
“Our plan is to continue to build
patiently our global reach as the home
of motorsport in the Middle East”