BIC to Host First-Ever Bahrain Motorsport Festival

Bapco 6 Hours of Bahrain, Karting Worlds and Action-Ha to Headline the Event

Press Conference, Bahrain Motorsport Festival, happening from 17-19 November 2016!

Bahrain awaits expectantly as the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) is set to host one of the biggest weekends of international motorsport ever to take place in the region, with its first motorsport festival.

Taking place between November 17 and 19 in Sakhir, the Bahrain Motorsport Festival will be headlined by a pair of globally renowned racing events, namely the FIA World Endurance Championship’s (WEC) Bapco 6 Hours of Bahrain and the CIK-FIA Karting World and World Junior Championship.

It will be the first time such an event will be taking place at “The Home of Motorsport in the Middle East”.

In addition, off-track entertainment entitled Action-Ha – organised in cooperation with popular satellite broadcaster MBC – will be held as part of the festival’s programme.

All these attractions plus so much more await race fans at BIC. Tickets to the three-day event cost just BD20 each and those aged under 12 years old can get in absolutely free. Each ticket covers the entire event and holders will have full access to the entire racing programme and Action-Ha.

Speaking at the festival’s Press conference and launch held this evening at the circuit, BIC Chief Executive Shaikh Salman bin Isa Al Khalifa commented: “Our first ever Bahrain Motorsport Festival is set to be a hugely impressive weekend for fans, with masses on offer with both the main circuit and karting track in action”.

Headlining the weekend’s events at BIC’s 5.412-kilometre track will be the FIA WEC Bapco 6 Hours of Bahrain, which will be the ninth and final round of its 2016 WEC season. BIC partner Bapco is the title sponsor of the event for the second year running. Bahrain is the WEC’s exclusive destination in the Middle East.

Many of the world’s most prestigious brands in motoring will be represented in Sakhir, including Porsche, Audi, Toyota, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Nissan, while many ex-Formula 1 stars will also be behind the wheel competing.

This year’s event is its fifth edition. The race’s start time has been changed for this year; it has been moved one hour later to 4pm, with the chequered flag scheduled to come down at 10pm.

Meanwhile, the CIK-FIA Karting World Junior World Championship will be taking place at BIC’s world-class karting facility, BIKC. Racing will be in the OK and OK-Junior classes, and it will be one of the final meetings of the CIK-FIA’s international season.

For more information on the Bahrain Motorsport Festival or other BIC activities, visit or call the BIC Hotline on +973-17-450000.