22,000 spectators at Sakhir on Friday

Sat, 14 April 2007, 11:45

22,000 paying spectators attended the opening day of formula one action in Bahrain on Friday.

The figure is 6,000 spectators higher than the previous record for a Friday at the Sakhir circuit, set last year.

Circuit officials said more than 30,000 tickets have been sold for Sunday’s grand prix.

Circuit boss Martin Whitaker said: “Normally Friday is very quiet but I think the change in the weekend (format) has made a big difference.”

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