Round 05 Preview: Bahrain


PCCME celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Bahrain International Circuit with a full grid of 20 cars.

The start into the new Formula 1 season 2024 at Bahrain also means the 20th anniversary of the Bahrain International Circuit – and the Porsche Carrera Cup Middle East will be part of this great event. What started with the BIC opening in 2004 and the first Formula 1 Grand Prix in the Middle East, now 20 years later, has become an annual highlight of motor racing in this region. 

An impressive field of 20 cars, as large as the Formula 1 grid, also marks a key point for the Porsche Carrera Cup Middle East going into the fifth of six rounds of its first season here at BIC. With championship decisions coming closer, drivers can´t wait to get on track in front of the Formula 1 fan crowd, enjoying the very special atmosphere of such a huge, worldwide-recognised event.

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup top star Harry King, German Porsche Carrera Cup rookie champion 2023 and championship leader Theo Oeverhaus, Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux champion Robert de Haan and former AM champion Jaber Al-Khalifa from Bahrain are part of the very international field of 20 drivers from 13 countries, nine in the PRO category, seven in ProAM, and four in the AM class. With such a strong grid, close racing on the highest level is guaranteed!

Head and Promoter Robert Lechner: "In 2004, the first F1 GP happened here at BIC. I have been coming to Bahrain since 2005, and it's great to be racing here at this beautiful and perfectly managed track with its modern layout, where we are always very warmly received, for the third time already in the first PCCME season. Congratulations to BIC on the anniversary and for the impressive work they did and do over such a long period of time.” 

PCCME Technical Director Walter Lechner Jr.: "We ordered exactly 20 brand new cars from Porsche AG and it's fantastic to see them all racing here at this great venue. Bringing this huge field to the grid here is something we can be really proud of, and it would not be possible without all of the local support here in Bahrain, where the regional series already started back in 2009, 15 years ago.”

General Manager Michael Schöch: "Our well-experienced organisation makes it possible to handle all the complicated logistics involved in running this series in different venues in Bahrain, the UAE, and Saudi Arabia in an effective and sustainable way. We brought everything over from Abu Dhabi for the upcoming double header; one week after Bahrain, we will be already racing in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. It is a challenge, considering the transport of eight containers of cars, technical and support equipment, fulfilling customs´ requirements, etc. But with our great team, which is able to pack up and send everything on the road in three hours, we will manage. After the race for us is before the next race!”