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SBD Global/April 8, 2014/Events and Attractions

Following Sunday F1 'Thriller,' Bahrain Sees Future Of F1 Racing Under The Lights

Cars race under the floodlights at the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix on Sunday.
Bahrain believes its F1 circuit "has a bright future after the country's first floodlit grand prix turned out a thriller on Sunday," according to Alan Baldwin of REUTERS. Sakhir Circuit Chair Zayed Alzayani said the decision to turn the 10th anniversary event into a night race "was a statement of intent for the future of motorsport in the Gulf kingdom." Alzayani: "There's more to come. We want to branch out. Not just the racing aspects of motorsports but the other stuff that goes around it. The development of teams, research and manufacturing relevant to the motorsport industry. A racing school, to develop talent. The missing pieces of the puzzle to make motorsport happen." Another piece of that puzzle "was fitted into place" on Sunday with the announcement that Bell Racing Helmets "would be relocating its global research and development and manufacturing operations" to a facility within the circuit grounds in '15. The circuit said that the race "drew its biggest crowd yet with 31,000 attending on Sunday" (REUTERS, 4/7).
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