SRO and the Bahrain International Circuit have reached an agreement for the organisation of a GT Festival, which will take place between the 24th and 26th of November 2004, bringing together cars from GT Championships in Europe and beyond.

The final go-ahead for the event will be given upon confirmation of an appropriate field. A transportation budget has been confirmed for up to 70 cars, including allocations for freight and plane tickets.

‘This is part of a longer term agreement with the circuit of Bahrain,’ Stephane Ratel commented. ‘The circuit will welcome the FIA GT Championship in 2005, as part of an end-of-season double-header in the Gulf region, along with Dubai.’

Concerning the planned GT Festival, Ratel continued : ‘We consider this to be a fantastic opportunity for national GT teams to discover one of the latest and most exciting circuits in the world. Between the various Championships we are involved with, such as the FIA GT Championship, the French GT Championship, the British GT Championship, the Le Mans Endurance Series and the national teams competing in the Proximus 24 Hours of Spa, we are in direct contact with over 150 cars, and we are very confident of being able to put together a excellent grid for the event. Of course, competitors from non-SRO Championships, such as the Italian and Spanish Championships and Belcar, will also be most welcome !’

Jacquie Groom
SRO – Stephane Ratel Organisation
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