BIC award of Best event of the Year - Aussie V8s
The Bahrain International Circuit was awarded the highest accolade by the V8 Supercars Championship during Monday night's end of season V8 Supercars Championship Awards ceremony in Melbourne, Australia. During the ceremony BIC's running of the Desert 400 race in November was recognised as the Best Event of the Year for the 2007 Championship. This significant award recognised the efforts made by Bahrain for organising the best and most entertaining event of the championship and was won against some extremely strong competition in what is recognised the world over as being the greatest touring car championship of them all.
On the night when Garth Tander was crowned as the 2007 V8 Supercars Champion, Bahrain International Circuit was commended for its commitment to the sport and providing not only the best organised event of the year but the event that demonstrated the best support services and best facilities for the teams and organisers of the V8 Championship.
Speaking after collecting the award BIC's CEO Martin Whitaker said, "This is a major award for BIC and for Bahrain. The team at the circuit and our colleagues at the BMF can be extremely proud of their achievements. To win this award we were up against some of the world's greatest motor racing promoters and circuits where spectator attendance reaches close on 300,000 people per race. Races such as the Bathurst 1000 are among the world's greatest motor races and rank along side the Monaco Grand Prix, the Indianapolis 500 and the Le Mans 24 Hour race; so for Bahrain to walk away with this award is something very, very special indeed."
Bahrain's round of the 2007 V8 Supercars Championship saw a record attendance and was watched by a television audience of 250 million people around the world. The Desert 400 underlines the position that Bahrain holds in world motor sport and yet again proves the value of the circuit to the Kingdom in terms of the awareness that it creates but also in the economic impact that it generates for the Kingdom.
"We are already working with the organisers of the V8 Supercars Championship to ensure that many more Australians travel to Bahrain and the region for next year's round of the Championship - the Desert 400 - in November. This award will make us all work that bit harder to ensure that yet again we put on an event that people want to attend because of its fantastic racing and entertainment while ensuring that Bahrain is yet again in the spotlight of world sport", said Whitaker.
The 2007 V8 Supercars Championship was won by the Holden Toll Team and Garth Tander after a championship that went all the way to the final lap of the series. Four drivers entered the final race with a chance of winning the series. The race for the championship literally went down to the last lap with four cars battling for the lead of the final race. Eventual race winner Todd Kelly ensured that by winning from title hopeful Jamie Whincup he helped Tander secure the championship by the smallest of margins - 2 points! Tander was fourth behind Bahrain favourite Craig Lowndes in the final race with only a few meters covering all four cars at the finish.
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