The BIC Prepares to Crown another Champion

Manama, November 23 -- The countdown is on - with only 24 hours to go preparations are well underway at the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) for the final round of the FIA GT Championship 2005. Held this Thursday and Friday (24th and 25th November), some of the fastest and most promising names in motorsport will gather to battle it out in their last bid to take the 2005 Championship title.

Household names including Ferrari, Maserati, Porsche, Saline, Lister and Aston Martin, will take to the track under the control of world class GT drivers, each seeking to close the narrow margins currently separating the top performing drivers.

An exhilaratingly close season has left just four points between the leading four drivers, with former Grand Prix driver Karl Wendlinger and Andrea Bertolini sharing the lead. These two not only have to now try to knock each other from the Championship top spot but must also hold of attacks from the other two drivers able to claim the title in Bahrain.

Despite being the first time that Bahrain has hosted the event, what makes this year's Final Round of the FIA GT Championship all the more exciting is the additional bonus of combining top class motorracing with Bahrain's world famous Herman Tilke-designed track. The opportunities for overtaking are second to none and the arid strewn rolling hills provide the most beautiful of desert backdrops.

'It is important that drivers and teams are given the opportunity to compete in new events outside Europe', said Martin Whitaker, General Manager of the BIC, 'this race is as important to the BIC as it is to the competitors themselves as it provides a global bridge within motor- racing as well as an introduction to the Middle East as a unique cultural backdrop to the sport.'

The Bahrain International Circuit, now in its second year of operation and the 'Home of Motorsport in the Middle East', is the most technically advanced racing circuit in the World. Tribute to this, amongst other events, it has recently been awarded the honour of holding the opening race of next year's 19 race FIA Formula One Championship to be held on 12th March 2006.