The region’s premier drag racing series is back in action this week at Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) in Sakhir.
The third round of the 2019/2020 Bahrain Drag Racing Championship (BDRC) kicked off last night and continues until Friday at ‘The Home of Motorsport in the Middle East’.
The first two days of the meeting sees the participants fine-tuning their cars and motorbikes in a Test and Tune. Qualifying will then be held tomorrow, to be followed by the eliminations at Race Day on Friday.
The series is the region’s biggest and most competitive championship and it attracts hard-core drag racers from all over the world, including many legends of the sport. In the previous round held last month, a whopping field of more than 140 entrants battled in the 16 competition categories, and NHRA champions Bahrain1 Racing stole the show with a new World record set by Khalid Al Balooshi.
More of the same heated action is expected this week as BIC’s quarter-mile drag strip hosts the racing. BIC is a member of the prestigious Worldwide Network of the USA-based National Hot Rod Association (NHRA), allowing the Bahrain championship to run under the prestigious NHRA banner.
The second day of Test and Tune today will be held from 6pm to 11pm, while Qualifying will be from 4pm to 11pm tomorrow. Race Day will begin at 4pm Friday until the completion of all events.
The 16 competition categories include 12 for cars and four for motorbikes. The cars classes consist of Street 4 and 6, Outlaw FWD, Super Street 6-Cyl, Outlaw 6-Cyl, Street V8, Super Street V8, Competition 4.5, Outlaw 10.5, Pro Mod, Index 10.5, Index 9.5 and Index 8.5. For motorcycles, the classes include Street Fight Bikes, Street Bikes, Super Street Bikes and Pro Bikes.
All are welcome to attend the third round of the season. Tickets can be purchased at the gate. For Test and Tune, they are BD2 apiece. For Qualifying and Race Day, tickets are BD5 at the Start Line Grandstand, while tickets are BD3 for the Batelco Grandstand. Children aged from three to 12 years old can attend for half the price.
The 2019/2020 season is composed of five rounds, to be held until next month. The penultimate meeting will be from February 4 to 7, to be followed by the championship finale from February 25 to 28.
For more information on the 2019/2020 Bahrain Drag Racing Championship, visit BIC’s official website on www.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.