The inaugural FIA GT Nations Cup demands centre stage for this weekend’s Bahrain GT Festival, with the hotly anticipated international contest headlining a two-day racing extravaganza.
The nation versus nation concept sees 18 countries going head-to-head in an array of stunning GT3 machinery, with the overall winners claiming GT racing’s newest and hugely coveted prize.
All entered cars meet FIA GT3 regulations, and compete from today, Friday, over two practice sessions, two qualifying sessions, two qualifying races, and a third and final race of sixty minutes to determine who will be taking home FIA GT Nations Cup honours.
Each car is shared by one Silver and one Bronze-rated driver, with both holding a passport of the country they are representing, meaning national pride and glory is at stake.
This year’s inaugural edition impressively welcomes competitors from across Europe, Asia, Australasia, North America and South America. From Germany to Japan to Argentina – to name but a few – the sheer span of interest around the globe for this unique event is clear to see (full entry list below).
The FIA GT Nations Cup welcomes 18 competing countries, with the line-up boasting cars from seven GT manufacturer giants – Audi, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Nissan, Mercedes, McLaren and Porsche – entered by some of the top racing teams in a bid for victory.
Organisers expect a strong crowd to descend on the 5.41km Bahrain International Circuit, but many more around the world can watch the action LIVE.
The full timetable across Friday and Saturday is listed below – with the two Qualification Races and the final showdown being streamed on www.fia.com and www.fiagtnationscup.com and the FIA’s and FIA GT Nations Cup’s Facebook pages.
The prestigious FIA GT Nations Cup headlines a weekend of racing featuring some 60 cars in three exciting categories, with the GT4 International Cup and Bahrain Classic Challenge adding to the schedule.
McLaren Automotive launches its new 720S GT3 onto the world stage as part of the festival, which will be demonstrated on the circuit as well as displayed in the paddock, ahead of its competitive introduction to racing over the coming weeks.
All this considered, the event is set to become one of the most popular fixtures on the GT calendar.
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