The GP2 Series is to follow in the footsteps of Formula 1 by hosting its first night race, organisers have announced.
The Asia Series event will take place around the Losail circuit in Qatar as a replacement for the second Dubai round, which has subsequently been cancelled.
Rescheduled to take place on February 6-7, it is the first time Losail has hosted a GP2 Series race. Indeed, with every session taking place at night, series organiser Bruno Michel believes this will give the series increased exposure.
“I am very pleased to report that we will be having a night race weekend in Qatar,” he said. “It is a very exciting new challenge, and one that GP2 is happy to take up.
“The Formula One Grand Prix in Singapore prove to be a success, generating tremendous interest among both media and fans all over the world: we are confident that the GP2 Asia Series will offer the same kind of dramatic action in Qatar in true GP2 style. I am really looking forward to that fourth round.”
It isn't the first time Losail has hosted a night race – the opening round of the 2008 MotoGP season was held under spectacular floodlights around the Middle Eastern circuit.