GT Gets Underway at the BIC
Manama, November 24; The Bahrain International Circuit welcomed the FIA GT Championship to its stunning home today for the final round of this exhilarating championship. Once again Bahrain provides the venue for the decider in another Championship battle. With the cars taking to the asphalt in two separate qualifying sessions today the spectators were no closer to deciding who the eventual winner might be.
There are seven drivers still in with a chance of taking the Drivers' title with just one point separating the top two, Karl Wendlinger and Andrea Bertolini topping the table on 71 points. However with these two also starting from the front row of the grid the battle to be the first GT driver crowned in Bahrain shall surely go down to the wire.
The first GT Championship race also sees the first ever Bahrain competitor take his seat alongside these seasoned professionals. Shaikh Jaber Bin Ali Al Khalifa, more used to the role of an F-16 fighter pilot, takes his seat in the 69 Proton Competition team and is very much looking forward to competing in the Porsche. He commented, "Speed is in my blood. The car is a bit slower than the F16, but the scenery passes by at the same sort of speed. On the ground you have to respect the barriers, while in the F16 there are not many barriers. I am honoured to be in this event, and to meet all the teams."
With seven drivers still able to win the title the possibilities are inexorable, however what is guaranteed is that should any of the leading five drivers pass the chequered flag in first place they will take the crown for the 2005 Drivers' Championship.
Martin Whitaker, General Manager of the Bahrain International Circuit, said "It is a pleasure to have the GT team returning to the BIC, this time in an actual leg of the Championship. It's a wonderful sight to see the track being used so often, especially by cars of this calibre and am looking forward to seeing them wind up the Championship here tomorrow afternoon."