The FIA GT Nations Cup will provide the headline act, with drivers from across the globe descending on the Bahrain International Circuit to fight for national glory. Each two-man crew will comprise one Silver and one Bronze driver representing their home nation, with a maximum of one car entered per country. Cars can be entered by any team, regardless of nationality, with teams allowed to enter cars for multiple nations.
Two qualifying sessions will set the grid for a pair of 60-minute qualifying races – the first on Friday, the second on Saturday – which in turn decide how drivers will line up for a 60-minute main race on Saturday afternoon. When the chequered flag falls, the winning drivers and their country will be crowned as champions.
As well as the FIA GT Nations Cup, the Bahrain GT Festival will deliver a packed weekend of on-track action thanks to a number of significant support events, including the inaugural SRO GT4 International Cup.
Devised by SRO Motorsports Group, the GT4 concept has gone from strength to strength in recent years. Making use of machinery from 12 globally relevant brands, this international contest will feature the category’s best competitors from all four corners of the globe.
The GT4 International Cup will be open to line-ups competing for Pro-Am (Gold-Bronze), Silver Cup (Silver-Silver) and Am (Bronze-Bronze) honours at the Bahrain International Circuit, with the format of two 60-minute qualifying races followed by a main 60-minute event mirroring that used by the FIA GT Nations Cup.
While much of the focus will be on contemporary GT equipment, fans will also be given an opportunity to take a step back in time at the Bahrain GT Festival thanks to Patrick Peter’s Classic Endurance Racing Series.
This Bahrain Classic Challenge features packed starting grids and combines iconic machines such as the Ford GT40, Porsche 910, and Ferrari 512. Usually found at Europe’s premier venues, the Classic Endurance Racing Series will make the journey to Bahrain to add a historic flavour to the GT Festival.
With national pride at stake in the FIA GT Nations Cup and an all-star supporting cast, a landmark weekend of international motorsport is in store later this year at the Bahrain International Circuit.