Thurs 20th Oct – Bahrain International Circuit, ‘The Home of Motorsport in the Middle East’, proudly announced today that Western Gulf Advisory (WGA), a Bahrain-based asset management company, has signed on for the second successive year as title sponsor of the WGA Supercars Middle East Championship.
This was announced at a Press conference held at Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir. Speaking at the event were Sh.Salman Bin Isa Al Khalifa CEO of Bahrain International Circuit, Sherif Al Mahdi Championship Manager and Mr Ahsan Ali Syed Chairman and Founder of Western Gulf Advisory.
The 2011/2012 season of the WGA Supercars Middle East championship gets underway next month with the first of six rounds to be held at Bahrain International Circuit.
The opener is scheduled for November 18 and 19 as part of the National Racing Festival, making for an exciting and action-packed weekend that will also feature the BIC 2,000cc Challenge and the Bahrain National Drag Racing Championship.
Prior to the year’s curtain-raiser, an official Pre-Season Test will take place in Sakhir on November 11. The all-day session will mark the first real taste of competition for this season’s new field of drivers.
Round two of the 2011/2012 championship will then take place on December 2 and 3, followed by the third round on January 6 and 7. Both will be held as part of the hugely popular Speed Weekend.
The fourth round has then been scheduled for February 10 and 11 as part of the National Racing Festival.That will then lead to a Private Test in Mid-March, the date of which has yet to be confirmed.
The fifth and penultimate round of the season will be held from April 5 to 7 as part of the support races programme of the GP2 Series weekend.
The championship will then head for a what is expected to be a thrilling finale, scheduled for April 20 to 22 on the sidelines of the 2012 Formula One Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix. This will be the highlight of the season’s calendar for all the racers, who will get a chance to showcase their talents to an audience numbering in the millions from around the world.
Each of the six rounds will follow a similar format over the race weekend. Action will flag off with a Practice of 20 minutes or longer. Qualifying will then be held over another 20-minute period. That will help determine the grid for Race One, which will run over 12 laps or 30 minutes. Race two will be over the same duration, with its grid depending on the first race’s results.
The WGA Supercars Middle East Championship will for the second year in a row employ the teams championship format for the elite SC09 category. Following its successful introduction last season, which marked the first time that the teams concept was ever used in a Middle East racing category, the new year promises even more competitive racing with everybody from the drivers to the team mechanics and engineers contributing to their success.
The SC09 cars will continue to be based on the Chevrolet Lumina CR8 with a V8 engine that can generate a maximum of 450bhp.
Amongst its new features are aluminium flywheels with steel inserts and a twin-disc, race-specific paddle clutch along its power train; and new fiberglass headlight replacements on the bodywork.
In the SC06 class, which is ideal for new or gentleman drivers, the race cars also carry V8 engines that can generate a maximum of 380bhp. The car’s specifications are largely the same from last season’s models.
Each year, the championship has attracted local, regional and international talents from Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, France, the Netherlands, Australia, Argentina and the UK.
The series has so far produced two title winners, both of whom returned the following year to defend their titles.
Western Gulf Advisory, the series’ title sponsors, is an asset management company based in Bahrain and Switzerland. It was founded by Indian businessman Ahsan Ali Syed.
Apart from the Supercars Challenge, it has supported many other sporting events in Bahrain and across the region, and is also involved with many sporting outfits across the globe.
For more information on the WGA Supercars Middle East Challenge or other activities at Bahrain International Circuit, call the circuit’s official hotline on +973-17-450000 or visit www.bahraingp.com
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