A resounding success for Speedcar in Bahrain
The world-premiere of the Speedcar Series at the Bahrain International Circuit has been hailed a resounding success by organizers. With a 2-day festival of motorsport providing the ideal backdrop, Speedcar Series had the eyes of the race fans fixed on it as all the competition's drivers performed exhibition laps to entertain members of the public for the very first time.
Due to the demonstration nature of the event, no times or results have been published. Despite the fact the event was acting as a curtain-raiser to the 2008 competition, which begins at the Dubai Autodrome on January 26, all drivers were looking to gain an early psychological edge over their soon-to-be rivals, with many taking the opportunity to put an enjoyable overtaking move on their opponents.
The 17 drivers who made Speedcar Series alive during these 2-day demo-run where: Jean Alesi, Nico Caldarola, Hamad Al Fardan, Fabien Giroix, Johnny Herbert, Stefan Johansson, Salman bin Rashid Al Khalifa, Ukyo Katayama, Narain Karthikeyan, Mathias Lauda, Alexadre Maus, Hasher Al Maktoum, Ananda Mikola, Gianni Morbidelli, Nicolas Navarro, Moreno Soeprapto and David Terrien.
Over the course of the event, some hundreds fans got up close and personal to meet some of their racing heroes in specially organized autograph sessions. Speedcar Series will on track again in two weeks for a final demo-run during the Dubai Motorsport Festival on November 16 and 17.
Speedcar organizers and drivers will than turn their attention to the start of the first season for the series which begins in just more than two months time. The series will be supported at the Dubai Autodrome by the newly-formed GP2 Asia Championship under the name 'Grand Racing'.