The Gulf Super Series 2014, a six-race programme to take place in January and February next year at two of the top circuits in the Middle East, was launched today.
The opening event will take place at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar from January 23-25, while the second event will be held in Dubai from February 6-8. Both events will include three races.
“Gulf Super Series organisers have identified a requirement for a Middle East race series, offering not only excellent racing and testing facilities in a great climate, but a complete package to include transportation of cars and all equipment to and from the Middle East and between the race venues. The entry fee will also include all flights and hotel accommodation for four people per competitor," explained a statement to the press.
“Strong interest is envisaged, and organisers are inviting teams and competitors to register their interest at www.gulfsuperseries.com
. They will work directly with individuals to offer bespoke races designed to suit the range of cars entered - envisaged to be a mix of sports, GT and Touring. Subject to entries, either four or five different series can be run, allowing competitors to race against cars of similar performance.”
The first day of each race weekend will consist of free practice, while each race will be run to a two-driver format with a mandatory pit stop.
A European TV package has been agreed and will be announced with the series sponsor in due course. While 2014 is the first venture for the Gulf Super Series, it is anticipated that further prestige Middle East venues will be added to the schedule for 2015.
The Gulf Super Series is to be managed by respected motorsport consultants Robin Webb, who launched and ran the Superleague Formula series, and Graeme Glew, the founder and chairman of the Formula Woman series that ran from 2004-08.
Webb said: “January and February in the Middle East is a perfect opportunity for drivers and teams to take part in a stand-alone series of events, to maximise use of their cars and infrastructure, and to give opportunities to new drivers at affordable costs without affecting their regular European championships.
“Travel and accommodation to Dubai and Qatar are highly affordable and we have joined with shipping agents DOT to ensure a smooth passage of cars and equipment to the circuits and return to Europe without encroaching on their normal race season. Initial interest has been high and we are looking forward to a full and exciting programme.”
Glew added: “The Gulf Super Series has enormous potential in a part of the world that offers the right climate and some fabulous facilities. This opportunity allows competitors to venture a bit further at a time that does not interfere with their race season. The package on offer delivers excellent value for money and we very much look forward to hearing from all interested parties.”
All interested teams and drivers are invited to register their interest at: www.gulfsuperseries.com