French champions to compete at Bahrain Festival

GT: French Champions To Defend Colours in Bahrain Gt Festival The winners of the French Cup 2004 Grand Touring (GT3 Category), Frederic Dedours and Frederic Mako, will defend their colors at the Bahrain GT Festival, from 23 to 26 november 2004,...

GT: French Champions To Defend Colours in Bahrain Gt Festival

The winners of the French Cup 2004 Grand Touring (GT3 Category), Frederic Dedours and Frederic Mako, will defend their colors at the Bahrain GT Festival, from 23 to 26 november 2004, with a Chrysler Viper GTS-R, prepared by the Larbre Competition team.

Organized by SRO (promoter of the FIA GT Championship and the French and the British GT Championship) and the Bahrain International Circuit, this exhibition race ends the 2004 GT season magnificently, with the leading representatives of the various national GT championships. The race will run on a brand new track, officially opened the 04/04/04 for the Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix, first F1 race ever organized in the Middle East. According to the list of teams entered for the race, it promises to be a high class race.

For the team from the north of France the showdown is an ideal opportunity to compete with the best teams and the best pilots of the GT world and to discover one of the newest and most exciting circuits in the world. "It will enable us to measure our strengh in front of the best teams of each national GT championship, and to test our abilities with a view of participating in some if the International FIA Grand Touring Championship races in 2005," said Frederic Dedours.

As a warm-up for the race in Bahrain, Frederic Dedours and Frederic Mako raced their Viper GTS-R for the first time in Barcelona on 14 November in the final race of the Spanish GT championship. A promising performance saw the duo keep the lead for 40 minutes, finishing 6 overall and second in the GTS category.

BAHRAIN, THE NEW MOTORSPORTS ELDORADO

The Kingdom of Bahrain is an archipelago of 33 islands, for a total territory of 711 km2, situated in the Persian Gulf, on the oriental coast of Saudi Arabia.

At the crossroads of the first trading routes of humanity, between India, the Middle East and Africa, Bahrain has a surprisingly rich history and culture. Thanks to its rich water springs, it has been inhabited for over 5,000 years. Apart from the early civilization of Dilmun, born 1,000 years before the Egyptian pyramids, the "Island of the Golden Smile" has been influenced by, and traded with the ancient Greek and Roman civilizations. But Bahrain has been known most famously for its pearls, found in the oysters lying on the seabed around the islands.

Other main tourist and cultural attractions: the National Museum, the Portuguese forts (15th century), and of course the perfumed souks of Manama. The island has been open to the world since its birth. Bahrainis have a tradition of warm welcomes and tolerance, with a multicultural society. Many expatriates live in Bahrain, and a number of Saudis visit Manama every weekend, forgetting for a few hours the rigors of wahabitte rules in the numerous restaurants, bars and clubs of the capital city.

Since 1932 and the birth of pearl farming, pearl fishing is no longer an economic activity. But it's in Bahrain that the first oil well of the region was discovered, in 1934. Fortunately, Bahrain has quickly diversified its economy, in banking, aluminium production and tourism. The hub of Gulf Air, Bahrain has strongly invested in the hotel and hospitality sector and is today the home of one of the most advanced racing circuits in the world: the Bahrain International Circuit, who welcomed the 04/04/04 the Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix, the Middle East's first ever F1 race. In November 2005 the circuit will play host to a round of the FIA GT international championship.

Created by Tilke Architects, the BIC is considered as one of the best tracks of the world, by its design and the quality of its infrastructures. It can welcome 50 000 spectators, totalises a length of 5,411 km, with 15 turns (6 left, 9 right) and four straight lines. For the teams engaged and the public, the GT Bahrain Festival promises great racing moments...

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