BIC all set for the opening races of the FIA ​​World Touring Car Cup | THE DAILY TRIBUNE

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The Bahrain International Circuit (BIC), “The Home of Motorsport in the Middle East”, yesterday announced a fantastic new international racing series coming to Sakhir and the region for the first time later this year, as part of the FIA WEC 8. Bahrain time this November 11 and 12.

The 2022 WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup will be a major part of the FIA ​​World Endurance Championship (WEC) 8 Hours of Bahrain weekend support programme, with the WTCR Race of Bahrain.

It is the first time that the WTCR will be held in conjunction with the FIA ​​WEC, making it a fantastic show for touring cars and sports cars. The Kingdom event is also part of a doubleheader with Saudi Arabia that will decide the winners of the series title this year.

The Saudi event will take place from November 25 to 27. The calendar update has been approved by the recent FIA World Motor Sport Council meeting and represents a major opportunity for WTCR, which has never before visited the Middle East, a key hub of motorsport. .

Adding the Bahrain International Circuit and Jeddah Corniche Circuit to this season’s calendar means the 2022 WTCR title hunt will be decided at two Formula One Grand Prix venues built to FIA Grade One safety standards.

With WTCR joining the FIA ​​World Endurance Championship event in Bahrain, two FIA world-class competitions will appear at the same time. In fact, the inaugural WTCR race in Bahrain, which is being organized in collaboration with WEC promoter Le Mans Endurance Management, will feature one race on Friday 11 November and the second race on the morning of Saturday 12 November before 8 a.m. Bahrain hours. The WEC season finale will begin later that day.

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The inaugural WTCR race of Bahrain will use the 15-turn, 5.412-kilometre BIC Grand Prix circuit. The WTCR Race of Bahrain will count as Rounds 15 and 16 of the 2022 season, while the WTCR Race of Saudi Arabia will make up Rounds 17 and 18.

Sherif Al Mahdy, Commercial Director of the Bahrain International Circuit, said: “It is a great honor for us to host WTCR on its Middle East debut and also the first time it will appear alongside the World Endurance Championship. The unique mix of touring car and sports car racing will create an exciting show for fans in Bahrain and around the world and we look forward to welcoming the entrants later this year.”

Alan Gow, Chairman of the FIA ​​Touring Car Commission, said: “Having two world-class venues, such as the Bahrain International Circuit and the Jeddah Corniche Circuit, joining the FIA ​​World Touring Car Cup calendar FIA WTCR is a positive development for the series.

It’s also great to finally have a joint event with the FIA ​​World Endurance Championship. Despite the obvious differences in cars and race lengths, touring cars and sports cars belong to the same closed-cockpit racing family.

There have always been crossovers between the two and drivers tend to switch from one discipline to another. This will also be something special for the fans, the media and should offer both promoters the opportunity to do some interesting promotional activities.”

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