BIC welcomes WEC participants ahead of Bapco 6 Hours of Bahrain this weekend in Sakhir | THE DAILY TRIBUNE | KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN

BIC welcomes WEC participants ahead of Bapco 6 Hours of Bahrain this weekend in Sakhir

TDT | Manama

The Daily Tribune –

The Kingdom of Bahrain and Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) have begun welcoming the drivers, teams and officials of the FIA World Endurance Championship ahead of this weekend’s Bapco 6 Hours of Bahrain.

The event’s participants are coming from all across the globe for the first-ever WEC double-header to be held at “The Home of Motorsport in the Middle East” in Sakhir.

The Bapco 6 Hours of Bahrain is the fifth and penultimate round of the 2021 WEC season. It will be the first of back-to-back WEC races in the Kingdom to end this championship campaign. It will be followed on the weekend of November 5 and 6 by the season-finale, the Bapco 8 Hours of Bahrain.

The Kingdom’s guests were assisted upon their arrival at Bahrain International Airport by members of BIC’s Meet and Greet Team.

Many of them went straight to work at BIC to begin their final preparations for this weekend’s racing, which kicks off Thursday (Editor’s note: October 28) night with Free Practice 1 to be held behind closed doors.

Friday and Saturday (Editor’s note: October 29 and 30) will be open to the public, with two more Practices taking place followed by Qualifying on Friday. That will set the stage for the gruelling six-hour race on Saturday, flagging off at 11am and ending at 5pm.

All the racing will take place along BIC’s 5.4112-kilometre Grand Prix circuit.

Prior to the Sakhir spectacle, the WEC held events across some of Europe’s top tracks, with the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium in May, the 8 Hours of Portimao in Portugal in June, the 6 Hours of Monza in Italy in July and the world-famous 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in August.

Bahrain continues to be the only Middle Eastern destination of the WEC, and this year the series’ only stop in all of Asia.