Qatar to host Lusail Speed Festival featuring back-to-back world championship races

Qatar to host Lusail Speed Festival featuring back-to-back world championship races

QLNews
By QLNews

There is only one place to be for motorsports fans this spring, as Lusail Speed Festival unveils a breathtaking line-up of two and four-wheel racing. 

For the first time ever, the Qatar 1812 KM - 2024 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and 2024 MotoGP Qatar Airways Grand Prix of Qatar will offer back-to-back racing across February and March at the state-of-the-art  Lusail International Circuit, spread over 5.419km.

Tickets to the Lusail Speed Festival, which are on sale now, will give fans entry to both events, including access to the main grandstand and Lusail Hill general admission areas, for the incredible price of QAR200.

FEBRUARY 29 TO MARCH 2
Qatar 1812 km 2024 FIA World Endurance Championship

This year, Lusail International Circuit will host the WEC season-opener — The Qatar 1812 KM - FIA World Endurance Championship 2024under the banner of Lusail Speed Fest, for the very first time. At under 10 hours long, the race is named in honour of Qatar’s National Day.

Beginning on February 29 with free practice, qualifying sessions along with the Lusail Classic race will take place on March 1, followed by a thrilling race day finale on March 2.

Now entering its 12th season, the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) is the world’s premier international sportscar championship with multiple cars racing simultaneously across two categories.

Featuring a record-breaking 19 Hypercars and 18 LMGT3 entries, 14 manufacturers including Aston Martin, BMW, Corvette, Ferrari, McLaren and Porsche plus the world’s best racing drivers, the WEC can promise the very best in high-octane action. 

And that’s not all, former nine-time MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi will delight fans at LIC by swapping two wheels for four, having made a strong debut at Le Mans last season. 

The Italian motorsport legend attended the official WEC rookie test in Bahrain last November, where he tested the Oreca 07 Gibson LMP2 car. But for this season, he will drive the BMW M4 GT3 in the WEC’s all-new LMGT3 category, making him the first MotoGP World Champion to compete in a full season of FIA Championship.

As part of the high-octane WEC action, Lusail Speed Festival will also play host to round one of the Qatar Touring Car Championship, taking place on March 1.

SCHEDULE
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 29

Fans can witness the drivers take to the track on practice and, at the same time, enjoy a day out with loved ones. With something for all ages to enjoy, spectators can be first to experience unique entertainment options and live music at the fan zone.

FRIDAY, MARCH 1

Racegoers will witness the drivers vie to qualify for Saturday’s finale and enjoy the Lusail Classic. In addition, fans will also have an opportunity to witness round one of the Qatar Touring Car Championship. Fans will also enjoy a diverse range of entertainment options for all ages.

SATURDAY, MARCH 2

Fans can watch in awe as the Qatar 1812 KM - FIA World Endurance Championship 2024 reaches its nail-biting climax on the final day of racing action. 

With its carnival atmosphere, including a stunning fireworks display, the FIA World Endurance Championship promises something for all the family, and the first 4,000 spectators to enter LIC will have paddock access across all three days. Friday will see a pitlane walk and autograph session take place, where fans can get even closer to their driving heroes. 

MARCH 8 TO 10
2024 MotoGP Qatar Airways Grand Prix of Qatar

Hot on the heels of the WEC is the nail-biting 2024 MotoGP Qatar Airways Grand Prix of Qatar as it returns to Lusail for its opening race under Lusail International Circuit’s floodlights, the only race in the MotoGP calendar to be held at night.

Having wowed fans last November, the action-packed ‘Sprint Race Saturday’ will also make a welcome return this year ensuring an unforgettable weekend filled with thrilling high-speed action and entertainment for all. 

Additionally, the 2024 MotoGP Qatar Airways Grand Prix of Qatar will also be supported by the first round of the Qatar Superstock 600 Championship on  March 9.

SCHEDULE
FRIDAY, MARCH 8

Fans can revel in watching riders take to the track on practise day or simply enjoy an action-packed day out with loved ones. With something for all ages to enjoy, racegoers can be the first to experience unique entertainment options and live music at the fan zone.

SATURDAY, MARCH 9

As riders vie to qualify for Sunday’s main race, spectators will also be able to enjoy MotoGP’s latest new concept — Sprint Race Saturday. Riders will go head-to-head in this exhilarating addition to the program, which runs half the distance of the main Grand Prix area but promises double the drama. With only the top nine riders scoring the all-important points. 

SUNDAY, MARCH 10

Fans can watch in awe as the MotoGP reaches its nail-biting climax on the final day of racing action. Riders will race their way to victory under the iconic floodlights of Lusail International Circuit before a stunning fireworks display will bring events to an electrifying close. 

Adding to the excitement, the first 400 spectators to enter the venue on Sunday will have access to the Hero Walk giving fans the chance to see MotoGP icons in the flesh. 

Tickets for the Lusail Speed Festival including access to Qatar 1812 km 2024 FIA World Endurance Championship and 2024 MotoGP Qatar Airways Grand Prix of Qatar cost just QAR 200 and are on sale now. You can purchase your tickets here.

---

Make sure to check out our social media to keep track of the latest content. 

Instagram - @qatarliving

X - @qatarliving

Facebook - Qatar Living

YouTube qatarlivingofficial

 

Log in or register to post comments

More from Qatar Living

Qatar’s top beaches for water sports thrills

Qatar’s top beaches for water sports thrills

Let's dive into the best beaches in Qatar, where you can have a blast with water activities, sports and all around good times.
Most Useful Apps In Qatar - Part Two

Most Useful Apps In Qatar - Part Two

This guide brings you the top apps that will simplify the use of government services in Qatar.
Most Useful Apps In Qatar - Part One

Most Useful Apps In Qatar - Part One

this guide presents the top must-have Qatar-based apps to help you navigate, dine, explore, access government services, and more in the country.
Winter is coming – Qatar’s seasonal adventures await!

Winter is coming – Qatar’s seasonal adventures await!

Qatar's winter months are brimming with unmissable experiences, from the AFC Asian Cup 2023 to the World Aquatics Championships Doha 2024 and a variety of outdoor adventures and cultural delights.
7 Days of Fun: One-Week Activity Plan for Kids

7 Days of Fun: One-Week Activity Plan for Kids

Stuck with a week-long holiday and bored kids? We've got a one week activity plan for fun, learning, and lasting memories.
Wallet-friendly Mango Sticky Rice restaurants that are delightful on a budget

Wallet-friendly Mango Sticky Rice restaurants that are delightful on a budget

Fasten your seatbelts and get ready for a sweet escape into the world of budget-friendly Mango Sticky Rice that's sure to satisfy both your cravings and your budget!
Places to enjoy Mango Sticky Rice in  high-end elegance

Places to enjoy Mango Sticky Rice in high-end elegance

Delve into a world of culinary luxury as we explore the upmarket hotels and fine dining restaurants serving exquisite Mango Sticky Rice.
Where to celebrate World Vegan Day in Qatar

Where to celebrate World Vegan Day in Qatar

Celebrate World Vegan Day with our list of vegan food outlets offering an array of delectable options, spanning from colorful salads to savory shawarma and indulgent desserts.