Desert 400

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Bahrain Desert 400
Bahrain International Circuit--Grand Prix Layout.svg
Race Information
Venue Bahrain International Circuit
Number of times held 4
First held 2006
Last held 2010
Race Format
Race 1
Laps 37
Distance 200 km
Race 2
Laps 37
Distance 200 km
Last Event (2010)
Overall Winner
Australia Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering
Race Winners
Australia Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering
Australia Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering

The Desert 400 was a V8 Supercar motor racing event held at the Bahrain International Circuit in Manama, Bahrain. It was held from 2006 to 2008 and in 2010.


First held in 2006, the Desert 400 was only the second V8 Supercar championship event to be held outside Australia and New Zealand, following a single event at the Shanghai International Circuit in China in 2005. The Bahrain event was originally held in November as one of the final rounds in the season's calendar. The 2009 event did not take place, as the scheduled event in November 2009 was postponed to February 2010 in order to link up with the new Yas V8 400 event, held in nearby Abu Dhabi.

The Desert 400 itself was dominated by Ford Performance Racing and Triple Eight Race Engineering, each winning two events at the track. Jamie Whincup was the only driver to win multiple events at the circuit, winning in 2008 and 2010 in a Triple Eight prepared Ford and Holden respectively.


In late 2010, V8 Supercar announced the event was to be discontinued for 2011, citing the congested nature of the circuit's early season schedule.[1] V8 Supercar would maintain a presence in the Middle East until 2012, at Abu Dhabi, however the championship no longer features an event in the region.


The Paddock layout of Bahrain International Circuit, used from 2006 to 2008 at the Desert 400.

The series used the Bahrain International Circuit's shorter Paddock layout for the series' first three visits. For the final Desert 400 in 2010, the addition of GP2 Asia to the V8 Supercar weekend led to the event using the full Grand Prix layout for the first time, a layout normally used in the Bahrain Grand Prix. [2]


Year Driver Team Car Report
2006 Australia Jason Bright Ford Performance Racing Ford BF Falcon
2007 Australia Mark Winterbottom Ford Performance Racing Ford BF Falcon Report
2008 Australia Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering Ford BF Falcon Report
2009 not held
2010 Australia Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VE Commodore Report

Multiple winners[edit]

By driver[edit]

Wins Driver Years
2 Australia Jamie Whincup 2008, 2010

By team[edit]

Wins Team
2 Ford Performance Racing
Triple Eight Race Engineering

By manufacturer[edit]

Wins Manufacturer
3 Ford

Event sponsors[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Early season schedule sees Bahrain dumped". SpeedCafe. 29 October 2010. Retrieved 25 September 2015. 
  2. ^ Freeman, Glenn (ed.) (2010-01-21). "Pit & Paddock: V8s to use Bahrain GP track". Autosport. Vol. 199 no. 3. p. 25. 

External links[edit]

Official event website