Bahrain: Shaikh Hamad leads race winners in gripping National Race Day at BIC

Bahrain: Shaikh Hamad leads race winners in gripping National Race Day at BIC

BIC, Sakhir – Seven different winners rose to the occasion in an electrifying and extra-special edition of National Race Day, held over the weekend at Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) in Sakhir.

Leading the pack were JB Simmenauer, Shaikh Hamad bin Isa bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, Ahmed Almuyini and Abdul Samee Syed, each of whom enjoyed a double in their respective championships.

JB Simmenauer won two of the three races in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East, while Shaikh Hamad claimed an impressive double in the BIC 2,000cc Challenge.

Almuyini and Syed followed suit in the Bahrain Motorcycle Racing (BMR 600) and the Bahrain Supersport Championship (BSSP) 125.

Others claiming a win apiece were Berkay Besler in the Porsche GT3 Cup, and Hasan Al Awadhi and Masoud Behbehani in the Bahrain Superbike Championship (BSBK).

Meanwhile, in the BIC 2,000cc Challenge, former champion Shaikh Hamad took the first race’s chequered flag after completing the six-lap sprint in 14m 53.624s.

Driving a Honda Civic, Shaikh Hamad was a comfortable 12.032s ahead of runner-up and defending champion Raed Himmo, who was also behind the wheel of a Civic. Tareq Al Tajer in a Ford Focus claimed third 13.080s back, as he closed the gap between himself and championship leader Ahmed bin Khanen, who did not take part in the round. Aside from finishing as the top three overall, they also completed the Pro class podium.

Martyna Al Qassab in an Acura DC5 won the Novice class. She was joined in the class’ top three by Majed Himmo in a Civic and Ramzi Al Qassab, also in an Acura DC5.

Another ex-champion, Shaikh Salman bin Isa bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, did well to start race one as the pole-sitter, but he was forced to retire from the race with one lap remaining.

In race two, it was a similar trio on the overall podium, but this time Shaikh Hamad beat Al Tajer to the win and it was Majed Himmo who placed third. Shaikh Hamad won in 15m 01.731s – 11.749s in front of Al Tajer. Majed Himmo took third place overall 20.946s from Shaikh Hamad.

Shaikh Salman managed to clinch third place in the Pro class, while classified behind Majed Himmo on the Novice rankings were Giovanni Salerno and Martyna.

In the BMR 600, Almuyini won race one ahead of Ibrahem Alsharida and Al Awadhi. In race two, Almuyini completed his double ahead of the same duo of Alsharida and Al Awadhi.

Al Awadhi added to his BMR success with a triumph in the opening sprint of the BSBK. Al Awadhi claimed his race ahead of Behbehani and Simranjeet Singh. In the second event, it was Behbehani who claimed the win, followed by Simranjeet Singh and Bhumik Lalwani.

In the BSSP 125, the trio of Syed, Saleh Al Kandari and Shaun were first through third, respectively, in both races.

Following all the action, the winners of all the races were presented their trophies by officials from BIC, the Bahrain Motor Federation, the Circuit Racing Club and the Bahrain Motorcylce Club.

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51 minutes ago

F1

How cool is this?! 😮😍
Drone footage of the new MCL35 - McLaren 👏👏👏
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Drones are very fast. Especially the ones are custom made can easily catch an F1. Maybe not a full 300kmh but up to 200kmh. All in bling of an eye.

Just highlights how gash that new final complex is at Barcelona They should go back to the original last 2 corners for better opportunities to overtake after the final turn

Been thinking about why not f1 and others have integrated this yet? Helicopter shots are great but this is another necessary dimension.

Really amazing footage, specially at low speed corners at the chicane.. wow !!

A Drone faster than a MCL 🤔 2020 won't be a good year for McLaren..

SUCH a cool shot! I want more of this!!! That poor McLaren was really waiting on the drone though! 😂

I would love to build a copter that can easily keep up with F1 and shoot proper vid. If someone covers the costs that is 😉

Drone shots would be good, but what happens when the signal fails and the drone drops on the track. Or theres a mechanical fault and the drone drops on track. Or the battery runs out and the drone drops on track.

That should be a sport! Drones racing around an F1 circuit. Did you see that cornering?

We need this type of footages live on race days. "Wheel to wheel" battles might look cool from this angles...

How can a drone keep up with an F1 engine? It's the most advanced technology in the history of the planet...comon...

Fantastic, it would be nice if it were broadcast like that. how exciting that sound. Beautiful MacLaren, and that sound, it's really good to hear

More impressed at the skills of the drone pilot 😂

That needs to be how they cover the races on television. That is spectacular and definitely entertaining.

Carlos driving the McLaren...maybe Lando is driving the drone🤔. McLaren's children are still playing, for sure😃

I vote for drone cameras for the starting grid for lights out!

Think the drone was beyond track limits there...

Ive been flying drones over Open Wheelers for 3 years now. Just finished TRS 2020. We've done both live stream and record for post shows.

Is this a preview of "Formula Drone"

This make it looks slow... keep copter view when skyview is needed

Be great if they added this as a live camera on race weekends

Wow! Would be great if they add this view while broadcasting.

How is this drone keeping up with the speed of a F1 car?! 😮🧐

Paint that Halo BLUE!

Is it just me or is does the power unit sound different to last year?

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2 hrs ago

24H Series

VORTEX V8 will be joning us again this season! The French team that build their own cars will be joining multiple races this season. The team will join with their Vortex Light V8's at:

🇮🇹: 1x 12H Monza,
🇵🇹: 1x 24H Portimao,
🇫🇷: 2x 9H Paul Ricard,
🇪🇸: 2x 24H Barcelona and
🇮🇹: 2x 12H Imola

Great news coming from France!

#thisisendurance #24HSERIES #12hmonza #24HPORTIMAO #9hpaulricard #24hbarcelona #12himola #24hseries2020
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VORTEX V8 will be joning us again this season! The French team that build their own cars will be joining multiple races this season. The team will join with their Vortex Light V8s at:

🇮🇹: 1x 12H Monza,
🇵🇹: 1x 24H Portimao,
🇫🇷: 2x 9H Paul Ricard,
🇪🇸: 2x 24H Barcelona and
🇮🇹: 2x 12H Imola

Great news coming from France! 

#thisisendurance #24hseries #12HMONZA #24HPORTIMAO #9HPAULRICARD #24HBARCELONA #12HIMOLA #24HSeries2020

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Great news! This little pretty car is a nice presence in series 👍

2 hrs ago

MotoGP

🇯🇵 Suzuki starts from maiden pole!
💢 Sasaki tangles with Garcia!
🔝 Arbolino edges ahead!

Watch the eventful early exchanges as #Moto3 arrived at Misano in 2019!

#SanMarinoGP 🇸🇲
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Tutondele papa a foto diaku diambote

nice

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