Interest In GT Racing
The local Bahraini media took a very close interest in the GT Festival,
with several newspapers (both English language and Arabic) featuring
the GT cars very prominently in their weekend editions. dsc photographer
David Lord was allegedly interviewed by Bahrain TV too. Wonder what
they made of his Leicestershire accent?
Supply Bahraini Style
The GT racing spirit is alive and well in Bahrain – after
a tannoy announcement from David Addison requesting assistance for
the DAMAX team, a locally based French investment banker donated
the services of his Ferrari 360 road car as a temporary source of
a wishbone - for the David Grace #53 Damax GT3 race car for the
final one hour race.
Well done sir,
but remember when you come to sell the car “Never raced or
rallied” won’t (quite) be true!
Chamberlain Porsche 935 was able to finish the meeting thanks to
a local machine shop that made a stub axle from raw for around £35,
locals proving eager to help any team that found themselves in trouble.
The Dunlop tyre
crew were in difficulties throughout the week: the ship carrying
their technical equipment ending up stranded offshore after delays
in the Suez Canal. A tyre fitting machine was eventually transferred
from a workshop in Manama and trucked to the circuit, but other
key equipment could not be sourced.
Racing legend Vic Elford was in Bahrain taking time out of a well
deserved retirement as a guest of the circuit, to present the trophies
to the winners of the locally based MECars races.
Elford was delighted
to hear a list of his career achievements read over the tannoy to
an appreciative local audience, the source for the information being
one Malcolm Cracknell, via Vic’s own excellent website www.vicelford.com