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BIC to host National Race Day thrills on Friday
04 : 59 PM - 10/01/2017
Manama, Jan. 10 (BNA): Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) hosts this weekend the latest edition of National Race Day, featuring three of the Kingdom of Bahrain’s most popular racing series.
A packed programme of thrills awaits fans on Friday at "The Home of Motorsport in the Middle East".
Some of the best drivers and motorbike riders from across the region will be taking to the tarmac in Sakhir. They will be battling it out in the third rounds of the 2016/2017 seasons in the BIC 2,000cc Challenge, the Bahrain Superbikes Championship (BSBK) and the Bahrain Motorcycle Racing (BMR) 600.
Racing on Friday will be held along BIC’s 2.55-kilometre Inner Track.

The BSBK will get the action underway at 9.50am with Practice. Qualifying will then be held from 12.20pm, setting the stage for race one at 1.57pm. Race two will take place at 3.38pm.

In the BMR 600, practice begins at 10.25am and then qualifying is at 12.45pm. Race one will flag off at 2.26pm while race two will be at 4.07pm.

The BIC 2,000cc Challenge kick things off at 10.50am with practice. Qualifying follows at 1.10pm, race one at 2.56pm and race two at 4.37pm.

The 2,000cc Challenge is one of the longest-running championships in the Gulf, professionally organised and featuring some of the top gentleman racers in two-litre cars. Modifications are limited to ensure an even playing field. Tim Birkin and Hussain Karimi are among those to look out for; they shared the honours with a victory apiece in the second round. Shaikh Salman bin Isa bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa is another, being the defending champion.

The BSBK will also feature a very strong field, each of whom will all be competing on identical Ducati 899 Panigale sports bikes. They include defending champion Mishal Alneaimi, who has swept all four races held so far this season. The Qatari’s dominant run stretches back to last season, which he finished undefeated en route to claiming the title.

The BMR 600 will see competition divided into two categories, including the Superstock Series and the Hornet Series. The Hornets class participants will be in identical 600cc Honda Hornet bikes.


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BNA 1351 GMT 2017/01/10


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