The PETRONAS Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) takes a giant leap in spreading its wing across Asia as it announced the Losail International Circuit (LIC) in Qatar will play host to the final leg this 16 to 19 December 2010 under the floodlights- making history as the second Championship to ever hold a night race there besides MotoGP.
Situated about 30 kilometres away from the Doha International Airport, the 5,380 meter circuit inaugurated on October 2004 is fully equipped with the latest state of the art facilities and services complementing last year’s addition, the Autopolis International Circuit, Japan and the Madras Motor Race Track, India.
Event promoter, Two Wheels Motor Racing (TWMR) Promotions Director, Ron Hogg is pleased to see another venue added to the PETRONAS ARRC calendar saying it marks progressive growth of the Championship.
In addition, he believes Qatar’s debut will offer the SuperSports 600cc and Underbone 115cc riders the rare opportunity to race on another world class circuit which host prestigious events such as the MotoGP, Qatar International Road Racing Championship (QIRRCH), Qatar National Road Racing Championship (QNRRCH), FIM Endurance World Championship, Losail Bike Experience, World Superbike Championship (WSBK) and many more.
“Now with Qatar joining us, it’s clear we have good collaborations between the Asean countries. This season, it’s good to see our riders getting different exposure at six different circuits namely Sepang, Autopolis, Sentul, Madras, Zhuhai and Losail. I hope to see Qatar become a permanent feature on our calendar in the coming years not only because it is world class facility but it offers a new set of challenges for our riders which is valuable for their development and careers.”
Out of all the riders currently riding in the Championship, SuperSports 600cc Doni Tata Pradita is the only rider with experience racing on the circuit. Other teams and riders will be walking into the unknown but Ron ensures the desert race will be a delightful experience.
Ron went on to add that there are a pool of talents where the Championship is headed and he hopes to see these riders sign up as wildcards in the final round of the ARRC. “There are many potential riders in Qatar. For example we have Mashel Al Naimi, the first Qatari rider to take part in the MotoGP. He has trained and competed at the desert track many times and now he rides full season in Moto2. With the Championship now heading to the Middle East, we hope to attract these talents. Maybe this year they can participate as wildcards and return full season in the following years,” said Ron.
President and LIC General Manager Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Attiyah who was also present during the press conference welcomes the contingent to Qatar with arms wide open and commented, “It feels great to see another prestigious event take place in Qatar. It will be a momentous occasion because the PETRONAS ARRC is the second Championship to ever hold a race under the floodlights besides MotoGP and I am convinced it will be very exciting.”
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