The sports prototypes start for the first time on the Grand Prix track which was built in 2004 by German architect Hermann Tilke. However, the cars run on a circuit 800 meters longer than the Formula 1 track. The Bahrain International Circuit is in Sakhir, which is about 30 kilometers south of the capital Manama. Three things make the track very demanding: the enormous heat, the sand, which is blown constantly across the track surface and the twisting circuit layout which hardly allows the drivers any time to relax. “At 1.09 kilometers the start-finish straight in Bahrain is incredibly long. You have to brake heavily for the first tight corner. Here and on the run down to the third corner are good places to overtake,” knows Audi driver Loïc Duval.