BIC launches ticket sales for WEC season finale double-header

Manama, September 28 (BNA) The Bahrain International Circuit today announced the launch of ticket sales for the first-ever FIA Double Championship (WEC) in the Kingdom, which takes place in October and November in Sakhir.

Tickets sold out today, as fans were able to experience Spirit of Le Mans with the world’s best endurance racing, along with support and entertainment races to keep fans of all ages in grip on weekends.

The final two rounds of the 2021 season for WEC kick off in the “Home of Motorsports in the Middle East” with Bapco 6 Hours in Bahrain on October 29 and 30, and will be followed next weekend by Bapco 8 Hours of Bahrain on November 5 and 6. Different race periods will feature two different shows, with the six-hour event taking place entirely in daytime conditions while the eight-hour race starts during the day and ends at night, providing differentiated challenges for drivers and teams. In addition to the support races, 32 cars are expected to participate.

Commenting on the launch, Sheikh Salman bin Isa Al Khalifa, CEO of the Bahrain International Circuit, said: “We are excited to launch ticket sales for this unique double-headed season finale. All four champions are set to be crowned here in Bahrain with a grid of 32 cars, in addition to our popular support races. We’re also expecting a great off-the-track family entertainment program, and so I’d urge fans to make a reservation. I also take this opportunity to thank race sponsor Bapco, who has been a long-term supporter of this event.”

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FIA WEC CEO Frederic Lequin added: “We are delighted to be visiting Bahrain for the first-ever double header for WEC, and it is even more exciting to be able to bring fans back to the grand stands to witness the 2021 World Champions being crowned. Sheikh Salman and the BIC team make us feel Always with a great welcome, and it would be a pleasure to conclude the first ever hypercar season with not just one, but two, races, on this very special racetrack.”

Ticket prices for every race weekend offer one of the most affordable ways to see the World Motorsports Championship event. The ticket costs only BD5 for adults (BD8 for both events) and BD2.5 for children from 3 to 12 years old (BD4 for both events). Kids under 3 are free, while there are also extra nuggets available for students, the disabled, and seniors. Hospitality packages are also available for race day on weekends. Full details are available on bahrainp.com.

The spectator entry policy for the race will be in line with the current Covid-19 traffic light system in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Under the current green conditions, entry is permitted for all. However, should the traffic light status change, entry restrictions will be applied in line with government directives, with ticket holders allowed entry subject to Covid-19 vaccination or refund status. Full details can be found at www.healthalert.gov.bh.

Both events will see plenty of action on the track other than WEC, with support races including the Porsche Sprint Challenge Middle East. There will also be plenty of entertainment for the whole family to enjoy throughout the weekends. More details on what will be shown in the Bank Information Center over consecutive weekends at WEC will be announced very soon.

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The 2021 season at WEC so far has been amazing, especially with the introduction of the all-new hypercar class, which will make its debut in Bahrain. With this season’s championship standings still live, all classes of racing will be crowned champions in Bahrain:

In Hypercars, only nine points separate the leading teams in the Toyota Gazoo Racing class.

LMP2 will see the closest fight ever with only 23 points separating the top five crews.

The LMGTE Pro sees just 15 points separating Ferrari, which leads the class, and Porsche currently in second place.

LMGTE Am sees the AF Corse 83 Ferrari 488 GTE Evo at the top of the standings with a total of 102 points and a comfortable overtake of TF Sport in second place with 65.5 points. However, with 14 cars in this competitive class, anything can happen.

For full eligibility criteria for those wishing to purchase tickets to attend the races, or for other information on highly anticipated events, visit the official Bahrain Information Center website www.bahraingp.com or call the BIC hotline at +973-17-450000.

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