Gulf Air Desert 400

Race results

Bahrain, Sakhir

6-8 November 2008

  • Qual 9th
  • Race 1 21st
  • Race 2 4th
  • Race 3 4th
Championship 2nd

The Bahrain International Circuit was designed by renowned German architect Hermann Tilke, the same architect who designed the spectacular Sepang circuit in Malaysia and the unbelievable Shanghai circuit in China. Bahrain features include a super-wide track, very fast and slow corners and sweeping straights. I won this round in 2007 and it felt great to travel so far away and take a victory. I'd like to do that again.

Pre-race report

30 November -0001

On our way to Bahrain with 3 rounds to go, one of the most unique tracks on the calendar, fast flowing, high speeds, but very slippery due to the desert sand that blows across the track. This track suits our team as FPR has won this round two years running so we head in with confidence and are going to give it all we have got to get on top of this championship. To win this championship I need to start making points on whincup at this round.

Post-race report

30 November -0001

Unfortunately our weekend in Bahrain didn't go to plan, we struggled with setup in qualifying and Race 1 and the incident also set us back in points. The car improved in Race 2 and 3 but we weren't quick enough to contend with the top 3 cars. We will go back to the workshop and do some hard work on getting our car right for the final two rounds so we can be competitive and end the season on a high note. I haven't given up and wont until the flag is waved at Oran Park.

Track summary

Race map of Bahrain
  • Track Length 3.6km
  • Best Position 2nd (2010)