The Bahrain International Circuit
(Arabic: حلبة البحرين الدولية
) is a motorsport
venue opened in 2004 and used for drag racing
and the annual Bahrain Grand Prix
. The 2004
Grand Prix was the first held in the Middle East. Since 2006, Australian V8 Supercar
has been raced at the BIC and the V8 races are named as the Desert 400
. 24 Hour endurance races also hosted at BIC.
The construction of the Bahrain
circuit was a national objective for Bahrain, initiated by the Crown Prince, Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa
. The Crown Prince is the Honorary President of the Bahrain Motor Federation. TRL was asked to build the circuit, headed by Patrick Brogan.
Race organisers were worried that the circuit would not be complete in time for the 2004 Bahrain Grand Prix
and attempted to cancel the event; however, Formula One
supremo Bernie Ecclestone
refused this request. In the end, the circuit was not quite fully complete, but was good enough for the grand prix to go ahead.
In the circuit became the first Grand Prix circuit to be awarded the distinguished FIA
Institute Centre of Excellence award, given for excellent safety, race marshal, and medical facilities, and for the high standards of technology required to maintain these.
At the 2009 Grand Prix
, BIC announced a collaboration with @bahrain to develop land next to the circuit. @bahrain... Read More