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Bahraini Porsche SuperCup Challengers Hit the Road Monday (28th March) will see the streets of Manama play host to a unique cavalcade of cars competing in this year's Porsche Michelin SuperCup. The 2005 Porsche Michelin SuperCup series kicks off...

Bahraini Porsche SuperCup Challengers Hit the Road

Monday (28th March) will see the streets of Manama play host to a unique cavalcade of cars competing in this year's Porsche Michelin SuperCup. The 2005 Porsche Michelin SuperCup series kicks off at the Bahrain International Circuit on 1st, 2nd and 3rd of April as a support race to the second Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix.

Two Bahraini drivers will be among the fifteen contenders leaving the Sakhir circuit at 12.00 on Monday. Local hopefuls, Shaikh Salman bin Essa Al Khalifa and Shaikh Jaber bin Ali Al Khalifa will join the rest of the contenders and make their way over to the Ritz Carlton for a press conference and photo opportunity.

Following the press conference the drivers will take to the road again for the official parade. The competitors will be joined by members of the media and Bahrain Porsche Owners Club members as they drive back through the streets of the city.

It's a double first for Bahrain and the Middle East as the BIC hosts the opening event of the 2005 season, not only is it the first time that the Porsche Michelin SuperCup has come over to the Arabic region, but it will be the first time that the new Porsche 997's will compete.

Shaikh Salman bin Isa, Public & Governmental Affairs Director at the BIC, also a competitor in the Porsche Michelin SuperCup commented, "I'm really excited about the race, not only from a professional point of view but from a personal one. The parade on Monday will provide a great opportunity for fans and the media to see the new cars in action for the first time. I can't wait to get out on the track and show the rest of the world how seriously Bahrain is taking motorsport."

The SuperCup aims to bring together identically prepared Porsches to compete as a supporting event to Formula 1 races. The cars are on an equal footing and competition is fierce with lots of wheel-to-wheel racing and contact. The drivers are world-class road racers including young and upcoming international stars, recognisable names from the past, plus a celebrity racer. Last year the series consisted of eight races, held at the Imola, Silverstone and Monte Carlo Grands Prix to name a few.

The Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix will also host a round of the Formula BMW Asia as a support race. Last year, three Bahraini drivers took part in the event, Shaikh Salman bin Rashid Al Khalifa, Mohammed Al Baharna and Hamad Al Fardan. It is expected that there will be three Bahrainis in this year's race as well, underlining the scope and depth of interest and competitive spirit within the Kingdom. In addition to these events competitors will be contesting a Charity race in identical Mini Coopers.

Tickets for the Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix are available at the sales counters at Seef Mall, Bahrain Mall, Dana Mall and the Bahrain International Airport. Tickets are also available via the website on www.bahraingp.com or through the call centre 00 973 1745 0000.

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Drivers Hamad Al Fardan