Stage set for gruelling 24-hour karting race

Manama,  (BNA)– Bahrain International Circuit, “The Home of Motorsport in the Middle East”, will be hosting one of its major national karting races this weekend. Taking place at Bahrain International Karting Circuit (BIKC) in Sakhir, the 24-Hour Bahrain Karting Endurance Championship will be roaring into action on Friday afternoon and ending one day later on

Manama,  (BNA)– Bahrain International Circuit, “The Home of Motorsport in the Middle East”, will be hosting one of its major national karting races this weekend.

Taking place at Bahrain International Karting Circuit (BIKC) in Sakhir, the 24-Hour Bahrain Karting Endurance Championship will be roaring into action on Friday afternoon and ending one day later on Saturday.

Racing will take place along BIC’s 1.414-kilometre CIK Track, which has in the past hosted world championship races under the Commission Internationale de Karting (CIK).

No less than 17 teams will be taking part in the event. They are coming from Bahrain, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Turkey and France, and they include some of the most decorated squads in the region.

The teams currently signed up for the event include Batelco Racing, Fast Link, PKE Gulf, BookNow.bh, HPC, Formula Kart Speedway, CRC, Racing Falcons, Q8 Racing, Ice Racing Team, Red Sea Housing, PwC, Zain Bahrain, Musco, Coverings-ME, Bahrain Polytechnic and Dubai 5 Racing.

They will be battling it out for a spectacular grand prize of free entry in the 24 Hours of Paris, to be held in Racing Kart de Cormeilles in May.

Registration for the endurance challenge is still open and more teams are welcome. All entries must be received by the Thursday (March 13) deadline, along with the BD1,650 participation fee.

The race is scheduled to get underway at 2pm on Friday. The chequered flag will come down exactly a day later at 2pm on Saturday afternoon.

The challenging endurance event will be a test of each driver’s physical and mental toughness, aside from their racing skills. Teams will also have to gel quickly and work efficiently to get the most out of the 24-hour event.

Teams will have to contend a minimum of four and a maximum of 10 drivers during the challenge. Drivers must be 15 years old or older, although those under 18 years of age will need an authorisation form from their parents.

The team with the most number of laps at the end of the day wins.

Preparations for the event have already kick started and the participating teams are now making their final arrangements on their strategy.

Competing drivers will be required to show up between 8am and 9.15am for the official sign-in and drivers’ weigh-in.

The draw of karts and briefing will then be held at 10am.

It will be followed at 11am by an hour-and-a-half Free Practice session. Qualifying will then take place with all karts together between 12.45pm and 1pm.

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