The FIA WEC Bapco Six Hours of Bahrain is set to feature India-based championship the MRF Challenge as one of three support series racing throughout the weekend, and fans are in for a fantastic treat.
The MRF Challenge is the biggest winter motorsport series featuring Formula 3 style cars. It is an FIA (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile) sanctioned event which provides young drivers from across the world the platform to compete at Formula 1 venues and race against some of the top young drivers racing in Europe, Asia and South America.
The MRF Challenge F2000 car has been updated this year. For the first time, the car will have a Hewland 6-speed sequential gearbox with integrated dash and paddle shift system. The car will also feature advanced aerodynamics with underbody diffuser. The car is powered by a 2 litre Mountune Duratec engine with max power of 230 bhp and shod on MRF Z.L.O. tyres.
In the past, the championship has featured second generation youngsters, who are trying to climb up the motorsport ladder. The past seasons have featured names such as Harrison Newey, son of legendary F1 designer Adrian Newey, and Mick Schumacher, son of 7 time Formula 1 world champion Michael Schumacher, Pietro Fittipaldi, grandson of Emerson Fittipaldi, leading woman driver Tatiana Calderon etc.
The MRF Challenge 2017 is expected to include a grid of nearly 20 cars for each round. The season will have four rounds with 16 races in Bahrain, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Chennai. The series takes place at venues used by Formula 1, World Endurance Championship and Formula 2 championships, giving drivers a chance to participate in world class circuits.
Tickets to the FIA WEC Bapco 6 Hours of Bahrain are BD10 apiece for the entire weekend while all those aged 12 years old and younger can get in for free.
Tickets can be purchased today online at www.bahraingp.com or by calling the BIC Hotline on +973-17-450000.
Race goers will be free to watch all the high-octane action from the Main Grandstand and also enjoy an Open Paddock experience throughout the entire weekend. Watching the event from the Main Grandstand overlooks the start and finish line, the main pit lane and the main straight.
The Open Paddock will give fans a chance to experience what goes on behind-the-scenes in the WEC paddock, where they will likely get a chance to meet one or more of the championship’s star drivers.
This year’s event is the sixth edition of the desert endurance race. The Bapco 6 Hours of Bahrain is scheduled to flag off at 4pm, with the chequered flag scheduled to come down at 10pm.
Aside from the MRF Challenge, the other support series are the Bahrain-bred Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East, and the highly regarded World Series Formula V8 3.5.
Driver Line-up: Nazim Azman (Malaysia); Harri Jones (Australia); Richard Wagner (Germany); Robert Megennis (USA); Henning Enqvist (Sweden); Julien Falchero (France); Daniel Nielsen Frost (Singapore); Rinus Van Kalmthout (Netherlands); Perdana Putra Minang (Indonesia); Kurt Hill (Australia); Dylan Young (Australia); Alex Karkosik (Poland); Michelangelo Amendola (Belgium); Felipe Drugovich (Brazil); Presley Martono (Indonesia); Louis Gachot (France); Manuel Maldonado (Venezuela).