Plans are taking shape for the Bahrain GT Festival, which will take place at the spectacular Bahrain International Circuit on November 25th and 26th 2004.
The provisional entry list has been published today, listing over 50 cars, divided into three categories. They will be joined in Bahrain by 18 historic GT cars.
Thirteen entries in the GT1 category include three Saleen S7 cars from DDO, Graham Nash Motorsport and Konrad Motorsport, three JMB Racing Ferrari 575 M Maranello cars, a Ferrari 550 Maranello from Australia entered by Cooper's Racing and driven by David Brabham, two Chrysler Viper GTS cars from French teams Force One and Larbre Competition, a Harrier entered by Ian Stinton and the Speedworx Stealth B6. A number of these cars will be air-freighted directly from the final round of the FIA GT Championship in Zhuhai, China, on November 14th.
Fourteen cars are entered in the GT2 category - formerly known as N-GT or LM-GT in the LMES. Teams from Britain, France, Belgium and Germany include a variety of models of Porsche, a BMW M3 GTR, a Ferrari 360 Modena, a Mosler MT900R, a Harrier LR9C, a Toyota Supra and a Lamborghini Diablo GTRS.
The largest class by far is the GT3 or Cup class, with 25 cars listed, including entrants from the British and French GT Championships as well as cars seen in the Proximus 24 Hours of Spa. Numerous Ferrari 360 Challenge, Porsche 996 GT3 Cup and Lamborghini Diablo GTR cars will be joined by a Vertigo Gillet, a Panoz Esperate, a Morgan Aero 8 GT, a Marcos Mantis and a Viper Competition Coupe.
The event will include four races, three 30-minute qualifying races and a one-hour final including driver change. Each car must have two drivers, and each driver must start two races. Each qualifying race will set the grid for the next heat.
GT FESTIVAL WEB SITE
A web site has been set up to give out the latest news on the entries and teams involved in this end of year GT racing extravaganza. Please visit www.gtfestival.com for the latest news, or use the link from either www.fiagt.com or www.britishgt.com