Porsche will race at Bahrain Formula 1 Grand Prix

I’m a Formula 1 nut, and am currently watching the second practice session from this weekend’s Formula 1 Grand Prix at Bahrain on the Sky Sports F1 HD channel.

At the start of first practice this morning, Martin Brundle was asked whether it was right for F1 to be in Bahrain. He surmised that there were two very different positions on either side of the protest lines in Bahrain. While F1 didn’t need to be partisan to either of them, as something that was contracted to be there and a media force that could bring attention to the situation and force people to begin negotiations, it was right for it to be present. I think he is correct.

As F1 arrives to race, it is also good to see Porsche in Bahrain this weekend for the opening round of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. 2012 is the 20th running of this spectacular series, so I’m hoping to catch live coverage on TV over the weekend.

I was at the 99-car Supercup race at Nurburgring 24 last year: certainly one of the most exciting races I’ve been to. I’m looking forward to seeing how hard the 911 and drivers like René Rast can be pushed in the Bahrain heat, with mid-30s ambient temperature and up to 60 degrees track temperature.

Rast thinks he is in with a chance and, having watched him reign supreme in Nürburgring rain, I can’t disagree. “The last time I competed in Bahrain I won both races,” says the two-time defending Supercup champion. I’ll be doing everything within my power to repeat that result this year.”

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