Bahrain to host series for five years

Bahrain signs five year deal to host V8 Supercar Championship Series Sakhir, September 6 -- Motorsport fans in the Middle East will have yet another exciting and challenging race to look forward to as the Bahrain International ...

Bahrain signs five year deal to host V8 Supercar Championship Series

Sakhir, September 6 -- Motorsport fans in the Middle East will have yet another exciting and challenging race to look forward to as the Bahrain International Circuit announces the hosting of the phenomenal Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series in 2006 and for a further four years thereafter. The Championship has a strong fan base all around the world and has created over the years a huge global impact. "Being the Home of Motorsport in the Middle East we are continually working to maintain an attractive portfolio of world-class racing," said BIC's Chairman, Talal Al Zain.

The Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series is a leading example of the type of event that the BIC is able to bring to the region and ideally compliments other activities including the Kingdom's round of the FIA Formula One World Championship. "Bahrain is leading the world in motorsport events and is at the forefront of motorsport in the region. On behalf of the whole team at BIC, I am looking forward with immense pride to welcome the drivers, teams, sponsors and organisers involved in the series to the Kingdom of Bahrain," added Al Zain.

A live media link at the Bahrain International Circuit with the Australian media in the presence of Australian V8 Supercar Championship Chairman Tony Cochraine and Australian Ambassador to the region Ian Biggs today (Sept 6) marked the official launch of the event. Girls dressed in the traditional embroidered thobe nishl, hunting Kestrels and Arabic coffee being served to guests reflected Bahrain's rich culture and hospitality.

"The Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series epitomises everything great about motor racing. No other racing series features such vibrant and dynamic qualities and the muscle car event with its no-holds-barred competition and thunderous noise is bound to be an enormous draw for every race enthusiast in the region," said BIC's General Manager, Martin Whitaker. The series, he said, had generated a great attraction throughout the Gulf and it is anticipated that the first race at Bahrain International Circuit will witness a large turnout of enthusiasts from both the region and around the World.

He emphasised that the spectators would get the chance to witness at first hand the sights, raucous sound and colour that characterises the series. "On behalf of all of us at BIC I would like to underline how grateful we are for the unfailing personal support and efforts that were exerted by the President and Owner of HSV, Tom Walkinshaw in helping secure our round of the Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series" said Whitaker. Appreciation he emphasised should also be extended to AVESCO Chairman, Tony Cochraine along with his team in having a belief in BIC's abilities to make it all happen.

"Bahrain's geographical location at the crossroads between East and West will have an instant appeal to thousands of enthusiasts who would not normally get the opportunity to watch an Australian Supercar race live. The chance to experience the Australian series at its closest point outside Australia and at one of the World's leading Grand Prix circuits, is one that we believe will be too good to miss and we are anticipating a flood of hardened followers from Europe and Africa to make the trip to BIC," said Whitaker.

"The Australian V8 Supercar Series is recognized worldwide as being the pinnacle of Touring Car racing and we are enthusiastically anticipating the first race in Bahrain next year," said the Director of PR and Governmental Affairs, Shaikh Salman bin Isa Al Khalifa.

The circuit is no stranger to international events as it has hosted a strong list of events including the FIA Formula One Championship, the F3 SuperPrix and the GT Festival. Next year the circuit will host the opening round of the FIA Formula One World Championship* and later this year will be home to the final rounds of the GP2 and FIA GT Championships as well as the BMW Junior World Final.

*Subject to official confirmation by the FIA World Council.

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