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WEC - 6 Hours of Bahrain – Facts and Figures

10.11.16

WEC - 2016 6 hours of Bahrain

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For the third time since 2012 the Kingdom of Bahrain will host the FIA World Endurance Championship’s season finale.

Situated in the desert, the impressive Bahrain International Circuit provides the challenge of a sandy and sometimes slippery track surface as well as racing into the night as the sun sets over the Persian Gulf. The circuit and heat are demanding for the drivers, the facilities are second to none, and the welcome is as warm as the weather.

Bahrain is the perfect venue to conclude the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship and here are some facts and figures about the 6 Hours of Bahrain, the Bahrain International Circuit and the Kingdom of Bahrain.

6 HOURS OF BAHRAIN

  1. The longest race was held in 2013 with the Toyota TS030 Hybrid of Anthony Davidson, Stéphane Sarrazin and Sébastien Buemi completing 199 laps / 1023.25km. This race distance was equalled in 2015 with Romain Dumas, Neel Jani and Marc Lieb also completing 199 laps in the no18 Porsche 919 Hybrid.
  2. Audi won in 2012, Toyota in 2013 and 2014 and Porsche in 2015.
  3. ORECA have won three of the four LMP2 races:  Pecom Racing in 2012, G-Drive in 2013 and KCMG in 2014.  Ligier won in 2015 with G-Drive Racing.
  4. Ferrari won LMGTE Pro from 2012 to 2014 with Toni Vilander winning all three events.  The Finn won in 2012 with Giancarlo Fisichella and in 2013 and 2014 with Gianmaria Bruni.  Porsche won in 2015 with victory for Patrick Pilet and Fred Makowiecki
  5. Porsche won the LMGTE Am class in 2012 while Aston Martin took the class win in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
  6. Mike Conway is the only driver to win the 6 Hours of Bahrain in two different classes. In 2013 the Briton won LMP2 with G-Drive Racing alongside Roman Rusinov and John Martin.  In 2014 he won in LMP1 with Toyota alongside Stéphane Sarrazin and Alex Wurz.
  7. Drivers who have won in Bahrain more than once

                  Toni Vilander - 3; Stephane Sarrazin - 2; Roman Rusinov - 2; Gianmaria Bruni - 2;

                  Nicki Thiim - 2; Kristian Poulsen - 2;

  1. The current fastest race lap record is held by Neel Jani.  The LMP2 and LMGTE Pro lap records date back to 2013 and the LMGTE Am to 2014.

LAP RECORDS

LMP1

N. Jani

Porsche 919 - Hybrid

1m41.893

191.2kph

21 November 2015

LMP2

N. Minassian

Oreca 03 - Nissan

1m51.179

175.2kph

30 November 2013

LMGTE Pro

K. Kobayashi

Ferrari F458 Italia

1m59.232

163.4kph

30 November 2013

LMGTE Am

N. Thiim

Aston Martin Vantage V8

2m00.382

161.8kph

15 November 2014

BAHRAIN INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT

  1. The Bahrain International Circuit was built in 16 months and cost $150 million.
  2. The Bahrain International Circuit is 5.412km / 3.362 miles in length.
  3. The circuit has 15 turns (9 right and 6 left).
  4. Length of start/finish straight is 1,090 m.
  5. Circuit floodlighting – turning night into day.  A section of the floodlight system was partially used during the 2013 6 Hours of Bahrain and was fully operational for the 2014 race.
    • 495 light poles erected along the track
    • Each pole 10 to 45 metres in height
    • 5,000 lights
    • More than 500km of cabling

THE KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN

  1. The Kingdom of Bahrain is an archipelago of 35 islands covering 780 square kilometres, making Bahrain the third smallest nation in Asia after the Maldives and Singapore, and has a population of 1.3 million.
  2. Bahrain is the site of the ancient land of the Dilmun civilisation. Bahrain was one of the earliest areas to convert to Islam in 628 AD. Following a period of Arab rule, Bahrain was occupied by the Portuguese in 1521, who in turn were expelled in 1602 by Shah Abbas I of the Safavid dynasty under the Persian Empire.  In 1783, the Bani Utbah clan captured Bahrain from Nasr Al-Madhkur and it has since been ruled by the Al Khalifa royal family, with Ahmed al Fateh as Bahrain's first hakim.
  3. Bahrain was a British protectorate from 1880 until 1971, when the Kingdom became independent.
  4. Causeways link the main island with two other islands and with its closest neighbour, Saudi Arabia.
  5. In Arabic, Bahrayn is the dual form of bahr ("sea"), so al-Bahrayn means "the two seas”.
  6. Bahrain World Trade Centre is the first skyscraper in the world to integrate wind turbines into its design. Each turbine is 29m in diameter and their capacity is 675kw of wind power production.
  7. The first oil in the Arabian Gulf was discovered in Bahrain in 1932. 
  8. Bahrain’s flag used to be the largest flag in the world, setting a Guinness world record in 2004 at 169.5m long and 97.1m wide. The five red points signify the five pillars of Islam.

6 Hours of Bahrain

The 6 Hours of Bahrain will take place from 17-19 November.  Starting at 14h00 on Saturday, the race in the Middle East will be the second 6-hour event on the WEC calendar to finish under the stars following Lone Star Le Mans, and the atmosphere within the impressive Bahrain International Circuit will be electric. 

The weekend is an action-packed feast of racing with the Formula 2000 MRF Championship, which will have four races during the weekend, and two races by the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge.