Bahrain: Fujitsu Racing preview

FUJITSU RACING SET FOR LONG-HAUL TO BAHRAIN The Fujitsu Racing team has set-off on its longest trip of the V8 Supercar Championship Series season, the Gulf Air Desert 400 in the Kingdom of Bahrain in the Persian Gulf on 6-8 November. Driver...

FUJITSU RACING SET FOR LONG-HAUL TO BAHRAIN

The Fujitsu Racing team has set-off on its longest trip of the V8 Supercar Championship Series season, the Gulf Air Desert 400 in the Kingdom of Bahrain in the Persian Gulf on 6-8 November.

Driver Jason Bright has fond memories of Bahrain, having won the inaugural event in 2006 with Ford Performance Racing.

This will be Bright's second trip to Bahrain as part of his own Fujitsu Racing team and he is confident of a finish inside the top-10.

"I really like the circuit and the event as a whole," said Bright.

"Racing on a modern Formula One circuit is exciting and very different to the majority of circuits that we run on.

"Our last start on the Gold Coast was disappointing, but we feel that we have made good progress during the second half of the season.

"I'm sure a good reliable run will see us get inside the top-10."

Fujitsu Racing Chief Engineer Geoff Slater is fully aware of the challenge of racing in Bahrain.

"The major thing is the track surface which gets affected by the surrounding desert," said Slater.

"Usually over a race weekend, the track grip increases. However, in Bahrain track workers have to constantly clean-off the circuit because of all the sand and the grip does not improve.

"We need to tune the car for the low-grip and we feel our chassis will respond accordingly.

"Being a modern F1 circuit, the facility is outstanding and it makes the long trip worth."

The Fujitsu Racing Falcon is one of 29 cars that will make the trip to Bahrain, with all associated spares and equipment air freighted from Melbourne the weekend prior to the race.

The format in Bahrain has practice on Thursday, with qualifying and the opening 31-lap race on Friday. The final two races of the weekend will be run on Saturday.

V8 SUPERCARS ON TV
*All programs are shown on Channel 7

Friday 7 November
10:30pm -- 1:00am (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth)

Saturday 8 November
10:30pm -- 1:30am (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth)

Sunday 9 November
2:00pm -- 5:00pm (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth)

*Times subject to change. Check local guides

ABOUT THE TRACK

Constructed in 2004 the Bahrain International Circuit is the "Home of Motorsport in the Middle East." It is the most technologically advanced racing circuit in the world and the only circuit to host a round of the FIA Formula One World Championship or V8 Supercar Championship Series in the Middle East. The V8 Supercar Championship contested its first round at the venue in 2006.


Circuit length: 3.82km
Circuit direction: Clockwise
Average speed: 164 km/h
Maximum speed: 270 km/h
Current Qualifying Lap Record: Garth Tander, Holden Commodore VZ, 1m24.1060s, 2006
Current Race Lap Record: Jason Bright, Ford Falcon BA, 1m24.9102s, 2006

-credit: bammedia.com.au

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Series Supercars
Drivers Garth Tander , Jason Bright