The first new track on the 2019-20 SBMRL calendar is November’s Bahrain International Circuit.
Construction on the circuit began in 2002 and with the first Bahrain Grand Prix taking place less than two years later in 2004. It was the first Formula 1 grand prix to take place in the middle east.
The starting grid is set far back on the pit straight, so a healthy run up to the first corner will be the first order of business. Turn 1 is complicated and will slow the field right back down before spitting them out on a long straight to do basically the same thing over again.
The second sector is comprised of a series of sharp, fast corners with varying lengths of straights between them. There will be plenty of chances to get things wrong in here, with the cars who can drive cleanly likely to be among the front runners when the checkered flag waves.
The final sector is a rough mirror image of the first. A moderate straight leads to a sharp right hander followed by a long straight to the final corner of the track. The last turn will frustratingly slow the field before the pit straight, which is easily the longest. Cars will want to avoid pitting if possible, but even then, they may not have much speed with which to tackle the length in front of them.
The drivers will line up in reverse order of the driver standings, which puts Switch Motorsports’ Luigi on pole position. Lining up next to him will be The Stig. Launch and Whiplash, currently tied in the standings, have their tie broken by reverse order of finish in Austin.
- Luigi (SM)
- The Stig (SB)
- Rask Sjofar (SB)
- Delilah Whipplefilter (FR)
- Mario (SM)
- Whiplash (RM)
- Launch Bornado (FR)
- Jaap Snellrijder (RM)
Team standings determine the order of pit selection.
- Regency Motors
- Force Ravenswood
- Switch Motorsports
- Scandinavian Blitz
No driver will have Bahrain as their home race.