Bahrain denies night race rumors 

Written by David on February 12th, 2008 at 1:52 pmLast Update: February 16th, 2008 at 4:51 pm

Bahrain - Sakhir International CircuitIn contrast with what has been reported yesterday, Bahrain GP officials insisted today that their welcoming of the night race idea doesn’t mean they are looking into the idea themselves. The following is an official statement issued this morning: “The Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) wishes to clarify stories that it is investigating the possibility of staging the Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix as a night race in the future…

“Unfortunately the comments given by BIC Chief Operating Officer, Shaikh Salman bin Isa Al Khalifa, have been taken out of context at their source in the Gulf Daily News, and while the concept of night racing is extremely interesting it is not on the agenda of the BIC. Through enjoying very favourable time differences to Formula One’s key European and Asian broadcasters the viewing figures for the Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix are among the highest of the year in terms of audience share and viewership.”

“As a result we have had no discussions with either the FIA or Formula One Management towards staging our race at night. Like the rest of the world, however, we are looking forward with great interest to the inaugural Singapore Grand Prix this September and to the introduction of night racing to Formula One.”

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