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Gulf 12H Promoter Launches New 1000km Race in Bahrain

Driving Force Events announces new 1000km amateur driver-based enduro in Bahrain…

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The promoter of the Gulf 12 Hours, Driving Force Events, has announced the launch of a new 1000km GT race at Bahrain International Circuit for Pro-Am and Am crews.

The 185-lap ‘Bahrain ProAm 1000’ will be held on Dec. 11 at the venue where the Gulf 12 Hours held its most recent edition earlier this year.

It will cater to amateur and Bronze-rated drivers, allowing “gentleman drivers to battle for overall victory” according to the announcement.

Categories will be open to cars conforming to GT3, GT4 and Cup regulations.

The Gulf 12 Hours is taking place on Jan. 8 at Yas Marina Circuit in the United Arab Emirates with a field of 39 cars divided between 28s GT3s and 11 GT4s.

“Motorsport endurance racing exists and succeeds thanks to the passion of thousands of gentleman and semi-professional drivers,” said Driving Force Events director Andrea Ficarelli.

“We believe it is time to launch a new event totally tailor-made around them, on one of the world’s most prestigious circuits.”

Sherif Al Mahdy, commercial director at Bahrain International Circuit, added: “We have a long and successful history of endurance racing in Bahrain and we are delighted to be able to bring this new initiative to BIC.

“We look forward to working with the team at Driving Force Events to put together a memorable race for all involved.”

2 Seas Motorsport won the one-off Bahrain edition of the Gulf 12 Hours with a Mclaren 720S GT3 driven by the Gold-Gold-Silver rated lineup of Ben Barnicoat, Martin Kodric and Isa bin Abdulla Al-Khalifa.

The Bahrain-flagged, UK-based team is set to return to the Gulf 12 Hours next year with a pair of Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evos. 

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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