THE excitement is back at the grassroots level of national motor racing as Bahrain International Karting Circuit (BIKC) hosts tomorrow the opening round of the 2019-2020 Bahrain Karting Sprint Championship (BKSC) in Sakhir.
The meeting is the first of seven weekends of top-class competition, with two highly competitive series taking to the tarmac under the BKSC umbrella. These are the Bahrain Rotax Mojo Max Challenge (BRMMC) for Rotax kart owners and the Bahrain Sprint Sodi World Series (BSSWS), which is the premier arrive-and-drive karting championship in the region.
Each category offers its own test of quickness and driver ability, as competitors go head to head for podium places, points and all-important bragging rights.
Action will be held from 3pm until after 6.30pm. All are welcome to attend. Entry to BIKC is free.
The BRMMC will see drivers going wheel to wheel in five classes, including the Micro Max, Mini Max, Junior Max, Senior Max and Max Master. More than 20 talents of various ages and nationalities are pencilled in for this round, many of whom are returning karters from previous seasons.
Qualifying Practice for the Junior Max, Senior Max and Max Master will get things underway at 3pm. They will then hold their Pre-Final over 11 laps from 3.24pm, before lining up on the grid for the 15-lap Final scheduled for 4.06pm.
The Micro Max and Mini Max participants will first go out for Qualifying Practice at 3.12pm and then for their seven-lap Pre-Final at 3.49pm. That will set the stage for their nine-lap Final at 4.41pm.
Meanwhile, about a dozen drivers have already registered to compete in the BSSWS races, with many more expected to sign up on the day itself.
The BSSWS action will follow the BRMMC tomorrow. Following the kart draw at 4.20pm, the BSSWS Qualifying begins at 5.05pm. The 11-lap Pre-Final is then set for 5.25pm, followed by the 15-lap Final at 5.55pm.
Action in the BKSC will be held over seven rounds this season. Following tomorrow’s racing, Round Two will take place on November 2 and Round Three on November 30, which will be the last of the calendar year.
Round Four will kick 2020 off on January 11, and then Round Five is set for February 8. The sixth and penultimate meeting of the season will then be held on March 7, leading up to the championship-finale on April 4.
For more details, contact the BIKC on telephone +973-1745-1745, e-mail [email protected], or visit www.bahraingp.com or instagram.com/bahrain_karting. 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.