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Saturday, November 12, 2005

A Thunderous Success Story in Bahrain

20,000 people flocked in droves to the Bahrain International Circuit on Thursday and Friday nights, including leading members of the Royal Family, International media and visitors from as far as New Zealand and Argentina, to witness the first ever FIA European Drag Exhibition in the Middle East. The skies of Bahrain were lit up from burning methanol, dazzling firework displays and continuous cheering from the adoring hoards of passionate motorsport fans as spectators over the two days were treated to intrepid displays of mind boggling brilliance on the ¼ mile strip.

Drivers from all over the world created clouds of smoke large enough to envelop the colossal beauty that is the Sakhir Tower, bangs and blasts deafening enough to be heard in the countries capital, Manama, 15 miles away and wafts of burning fuels and tyres saturated the packed grandstands. The main attraction however, on both nights, was without doubt the debut, in the Middle East, of the Top Fuel Dragsters and Funny Cars. Two of the best Top Fuel Dragsters from Europe were on display, which are able to reach speeds of 500kph and cover the ¼ mile strip in less than six seconds. The most successful Funny Car from Europe was also pushed to its limits in front of the cheering crowd.

The Top Fuel Dragsters were the last two cars on track giving the crowd a small taste of what can be expected in April when the opening round of the FIA European Championship is to be hosted in Bahrain. The night was rounded off by a fantastic firework display as Ali Aryan celebrated victory in his Pro-Street Camaro by winning the first Pro-National Championship. An empty seat couldn’t be found in either grandstand until the show had come to a definite end, and even then it looked as though some wanted to keep their seats until the next event at the BIC, the Final Round of the FIA GT on 24th and 25th November.

Source: Paddock Talk | Images Courtesy of the Crew @ EuroDragster

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