After the six week break that followed the Russian Grand Prix, the GP3 Series returns to the track this weekend, for its penultimate round, supporting the World Endurance Championship.
GP3 makes its maiden visit to the Bahrain International Circuit with the title battle raging on, with Luca Ghiotto and Esteban Ocon separated by just two points. Arden International‘s Emil Bernstorff sits in third in the championship having demoting Marvin Kirchhöfer in the standings in Russia – two points also happen to separate these two drivers.
ART Grand Prix have one hand on the Teams’ Championship trophy with a mammoth 130 points’ advantage in standings – this would be ART’s fifth teams’ title from six seasons.
With much to play for, a brand new track is perfect to spice up the action in an already hotly contested series. Only a handful of drivers have experienced racing on the track. but the large majority will be facing the challenge of having to learn the track.
Campos Racing driver Zaid Ashkanani is one of the few drivers that have previous experience of the track said: “The first time I ever drove was at the Sakhir circuit. I have driven a lot there.
“My favourite part of the track is the S’s as that’s a quick part. It is really nice to drive through that particular section. The track is mainly made up of medium speed corners which I feel suit me. I know it will be very tough on tyres there too.
“This season I have had to learn so many new tracks, so I will feel much more confident when arriving to Sakhir as I have a lot of experience there. I really like the place and the people there are great. It will really help to motivate me with my friends and family there to support me. I can’t wait!”