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Bahrain GT Festival Paddock Notes 2: Russia & Germany Make It!

New McLaren GT3 on track, last man standing from 2004! and qualifying explained!!

Team Russia and Germany Arrive

After a delay in transit, the teams containers initially believed to have been despatched mistakenly to Kuwait! The Rinaldi Racing Ferrari pair for Team Germany and Team Russia (pictured above) arrived in time to get on track this afternoon for Qualifying.

A rapid unload saw the Ferraris get track time in FP2

Nations Cup Qualifying System Explained

The qualifying for this weekend’s FIA GT Nations Cup works thus:

A 20 Minute Qualifying session for the Bronze drivers will set the grid for 60 minute Qualifying Race 1

A subsequent 20 Minute Qualifying session for the Silver drivers sets the grid for 60 minute Qualifying Race 2

Each Qualifying race will be scored in an upwards scoring order (1 for a win 2 for second etc – including DNFs)

Grid for the Main Race is determined by the combined points scores from the two Qualifying Races 

There will clearly be potentially multiple ties on points, in those cases the grid order will be determined by the team’s fastest laps in either qualifying race as a final determinant.

Public Debut For McLaren 720S GT3

As planned the McLaren 720S GT3, on display here in Bahrain, did complete its first public laps in the hands of factory river Ben Barnicoat.

In a ten minute session the car was put through at least some of its paces, the car having been in Bahrain for a major McLaren customer event, plus testing, for much of the week.

There are now a pair of 720S GT3s in the test programme, the other car currently testing in the UK. The car on display in Bahrain will stay on in the region for its global race debut next month in the Gulf 12 Hours at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.

Customer sales are underway with “3-5” set to be announced in due course with sales efforts being targeted at several major championships including Series in Europe, North America and Asia.

Bryant Returns!!

Oliver Bryant takes part in track action this weekend in Bahrain aboard his family-owned ex Roy Salvadori AC Cobra in the Bahrain Classic Challenge.

He is, the DSC Editor believes, the only driver present that took part in the previous SRO-organised Bahrain GT Festival back in 2004 when he drove an RSG-entered Lamborghini Diablo, his first contemporary GT race meeting, he went on, of course to compete with some success in British GT, FIA GT3 and at the Le Mans 24 Hours amongst others!