Bahrain chief looking forward to tenth F1 anniversary

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The chief of Bahrain International Circuit is looking forward to celebrating the circuit’s tenth grand prix and anniversary since its first race in 2004 with the first night race in the kingdom.

Sheikh Salman bin Isa Al-Khalifa was speaking at Autosport International show in the UK about Formula One in Bahrain, and about some of the challenges that the organizers faced in bringing the sport to the region.

“For us in building the circuit it’s easy to start with a blank piece of paper,” he said. “A lot of the historical tracks in Europe were airfields, so it’s easy for us to say it’s a good facility. But we also had an unusual way of designing it and building it. You still have to work hard and solve your problems and make it work.”

For 2014, the Bahrain Grand Prix will be the second night race on the F1 calendar following in the footsteps of Singapore, which first joined the schedule in 2008.

“2014 will be our first night race, so we have 495 lights being put up,” Al-Khalifa said. “It’s quite exciting, one of the biggest projects since we built the track. We’re very excited. Obviously it’s going to be our tenth race and ten years since 2004, and we’re looking forward to having one of the best races ever.”

The Bahrain Grand Prix is scheduled to take place on 6th April.

BMW confirms IMSA, WEC GTE line-ups for 2018

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BMW has confirmed its driver line-ups for the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship campaigns.

In an announcement made at its end-of-year Sports Trophy event on Friday night, BMW firmed up its roster across its factory WEC team and its customer RLL Racing IMSA squad.

Two of the 2018 BMW M8 GTEs will enter the WEC next year, joining a hotly-contested GTE-Pro class that already features Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martin and Ford.

BMW factory drivers Antonio Felix da Costa, Nick Catsburg, Augusto Farfus and Martin Tomczyk will share the two cars across the 13-month ‘super season’.

The quartet will be joined by Tom Blomqvist, Alexander Sims and Philipp Eng for the 24 Hours of Le Mans

In IMSA, the RLL Racing team will once again field Sims and John Edwards, who will be joined by the incoming Connor De Phillippi and Jesse Krohn.

BMW also confirmed on Friday night that Tom Blomqvist would see out the Formula E season with its Andretti-affiliated team, having been benched for Kamui Kobayashi in Hong Kong.