The action never stops at Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) and this Friday ‘The Home of Motorsport in the Middle East’ hosts the second round of National Race Day.
Set to heat things up are three of the kingdom’s most tightly contested circuit racing championships, namely the BIC 2,000cc Challenge, Bahrain Superbike Championship (BSBK), and the Bahrain Motorcycle Racing (BMR) 600.
Action gets underway at 12.30pm under daylight and continues until past 9pm when BIC’s 2.55-kilometre Inner Track will be brilliantly illuminated by its state-of-the-art lighting system. All are welcome to attend and enjoy a full day’s racing.
The 2,000cc Challenge will be holding the second round of its 2017/2018 season. Former champion Shaikh Hamad bin Isa bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa dominated the championship opener held earlier this month, winning both races in his Honda Civic.
Shaikh Hamad will be looking to continue his winning ways but will have a tough challenge ahead of him with a full grid of talented racers aiming to beat him to the chequered flag.
The 2,000cc Challenge will first get out on track on Friday at 2.15pm for practice. It will then hold qualifying at 4.10pm, to determine the start grid for Race One at 6.55pm. Race Two will wrap up all of the night’s action starting at 8.45pm.
The BSBK will be holding the first round of its new campaign in the meeting. Their first session at 1.40pm will be a practice, to be followed at 3.45pm by qualifying. Race One flags off at 6.20pm, to be followed by Race Two at 8.10pm.
There is a new class in the BSBK, the BSSB 125, and they will be making their long-awaited track debut at BIC. Practice kicks things off at 12.30pm and then qualifying is at 2.55pm. That sets up the grid for the first and only race at 5.10pm.
In the BMR 600, the weekend will be staging the championship’s second round. There will be plenty of competition amongst the talented crop of racers who come from all over the Middle East, including Ahmed Almuyini and Mohammad Al Zaidan who each won a race in round one.
Practice at 1.05pm gets the BMR riders on the tarmac, and then once again for qualifying at 3.20pm. Race One will be held at 5.45pm, to be followed by Race Two at 7.35pm.