GCC: TCR Middle East series launched in Bahrain
Bahrain, Dec 2016 – The new TCR Middle East series was officially launched at the Bahrain
International Circuit during a race day of the national BIC 2000 championship.
The event featured a press conference that was attended by representatives of the local
media and two test sessions that offered the local drivers the opportunity to sit at the
wheel of a Volkswagen Golf TCR provided by Engstler Motorsport; 45 of them registered
for the test.
Representatives of Audi Sport Customer Racing, JAS Motorsport and Romeo Ferraris
were also present to meet the teams and explain the technical features of their cars and
how to order them.
Bahrain International Circuit Chief Executive Shaikh Salman bin Isa Al Khalifa commented:
“We would like to thank TCR for their passion and drive in organising the first-ever TCR
Middle East Series. We fully support this championship and we are excited to see its
contributions to the vibrant motorsport culture in the region. We look forward to hosting the
third and final round of the season in March of 2017 and we expect a full grid of some of
the most talented racers from our part of the world.”
TCR promoter Marcello Lotti thanked Shaikh Salman and BIC before saying: “The TCR
global community is growing faster than expected. We already have a number of regional
and national series around the world, but we want more. The TCR Middle East is the latest
addition and we are pleased to see that it is attracting so much interest from the local
teams and drivers.”
The TCR Middle East series will kick off at Dubai Autodrome on 12/13 January 2017 as
part of the 24 Hours of Dubai race meeting; two further rounds will follow at Abu Dhabi’s
Yas Marina Circuit on February 9/10 and Bahrain International Circuit on March 9/10.
For news, information and pictures, please visit the dedicated website www.middleeast.tcrseries.com.