The annual Bavaria City Racing event moves to the Republic of Ireland this year, with Dublin playing host to the motorsport spectacular this Sunday [3 June].
Bavaria City Racing - named after the brewer that sponsored the event - originated in the Netherlands in 2006, with the heart of Rotterdam setting the scene for the annual F1 celebration. After five successful editions, Rotterdam now boasts approximately 550,000 enthusiastic fans at each event, making Bavaria City Racing one of the city's biggest crowd-pullers. The spectacular has since grown to encompass over locations, including Moscow in 2010.
This year, the popular event, which is backed by Pirelli, arrives in Ireland for the first time, with a special racetrack being constructed in the centre of Dublin. With F1 cars and drivers on the bill, and more accessible to the general public than at any grand prix, organisers are expecting over 100,000 people to turn out.
Jenson Button and the McLaren team are confirmed to attend the free event, alongside the Caterham F1 team. They will be accompanied by teams and drivers from other motorsport championships, including GP2, the World Rally Championship, touring cars, Le Mans and superbikes.
“It's fantastic to hear that the annual Bavaria City Racing event has moved from the continent and will be taking place in Dublin this year," Pirelli UK managing director Dominic Sandivasci said, "Events such as these help bring F1 closer to people who don't usually get a chance to see the sport up close and personal. As the official tyre supplier to F1, Pirelli actively encourages this annual celebration and I hope that everybody enjoys the unique spectacle in Dublin at the weekend.”