December

10

Local Souvenir Competition for Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix Launched

Baku City Circuit (BCC) has launched a competition for local handicrafts and souvenir makers dedicated to the Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2020 as part of its celebrations around the 5th successive F1 race being staged in Baku next June 5th-7th

Baku City Circuit Operations Company (BCC), together with the Baku City Karting Centre (BCKC), was delighted to welcome Jamil Hasanli Rogers, the 14yr old Azerbaijani driver who has already achieved some big success in the European Karting Championships to its facilities.

This year has been the most successful of the young driver’s career so far. He has been one of the fastest drivers in the highly competitive environment of the Super One, British Karting & BNL (Belgium) championships, clinching 5 podiums across the series’ 8 races, which earned him 3rd place in the overall standings.

During his meeting with some lucky karting lovers and various media representatives, J. Rogers said that he is aiming at one day racing in Formula 1: “I started karting at the age of 8. I read about it in a magazine and got pulled into it instantly. It has been 6 years that I am doing it now.

I finished in 3rd place this year in the ‘Super One’ championship which is my biggest achievement to date. I am planning to invest another year in karting and then see what I can do in Formula 4 after that. It requires a great deal of resources. Therefore, I am currently intensively searching for sponsorships. My biggest goal is to fight for a podium in Formula 1 some day!

Everyone in my life, especially my parents, is encouraging me to race in karting. Moreover, my competitors motivate me to work harder as well. Every time I race, all I think about is that I have to get a better result than them”.

The teen pilot also said that he has a great interest in DJing alongside his passion for motorsport: “Besides racing, I love music. I like DJing when I come home after races. It helps me to rest and relax.”

The organizers of the visit - including Nigar Arpadarai, the Head of Marketing and Communications at BCC, Jamil Taghiyev, the head of BCKC and Elnara Aliyeva, the public relations manager of the centre  - also talked about their future plans to improve motorsport in the country and the development of homegrown drivers.

Baku City Karting Centre (BCKC)  became operational on April 22nd, 2018 with the assistance of Baku City Circuit Operations Company (BCC) and the support of the Azerbaijan Automobile Federation (AAF). Designed to improve motorsport culture in the country and develop national representatives so they can compete in international racing series, the centre is open to those aged 7 and above. The centre also organizes races among general karting lovers regularly. What is more, it also hosts a professional driver school for minors with the intent of developing homegrown stars of the future.

After meeting with media representatives, J. Rogers raced with the students of the centre’s driver school. The race finished with Rustam Valiyev, a student at BCKC, in first place (57,774 seconds), followed by J. Hasanli (58,015) and Isa Huseynov (58,146). The winner was presented with a gift by J. Rogers who said that he was impressed by the professionalism and competence of his competitors.

December

30

Azerbaijani Karting Driver Visits Baku City Karting Centre After Successful Year Racing in Europe

Baku City Circuit Operations Company (BCC), together with the Baku City Karting Centre (BCKC), was delighted to welcome Jamil Hasanli Rogers, the 14yr old Azerbaijani driver who has already achieved some big success in the European Karting Championships to its facilities.

Baku City Circuit Operations Company (BCC), together with the Baku City Karting Centre (BCKC), was delighted to welcome Jamil Hasanli Rogers, the 14yr old Azerbaijani driver who has already achieved some big success in the European Karting Championships to its facilities.

This year has been the most successful of the young driver’s career so far. He has been one of the fastest drivers in the highly competitive environment of the Super One, British Karting & BNL (Belgium) championships, clinching 5 podiums across the series’ 8 races, which earned him 3rd place in the overall standings.

During his meeting with some lucky karting lovers and various media representatives, J. Rogers said that he is aiming at one day racing in Formula 1: “I started karting at the age of 8. I read about it in a magazine and got pulled into it instantly. It has been 6 years that I am doing it now.

I finished in 3rd place this year in the ‘Super One’ championship which is my biggest achievement to date. I am planning to invest another year in karting and then see what I can do in Formula 4 after that. It requires a great deal of resources. Therefore, I am currently intensively searching for sponsorships. My biggest goal is to fight for a podium in Formula 1 some day!

Everyone in my life, especially my parents, is encouraging me to race in karting. Moreover, my competitors motivate me to work harder as well. Every time I race, all I think about is that I have to get a better result than them”.

The teen pilot also said that he has a great interest in DJing alongside his passion for motorsport: “Besides racing, I love music. I like DJing when I come home after races. It helps me to rest and relax.”

The organizers of the visit - including Nigar Arpadarai, the Head of Marketing and Communications at BCC, Jamil Taghiyev, the head of BCKC and Elnara Aliyeva, the public relations manager of the centre  - also talked about their future plans to improve motorsport in the country and the development of homegrown drivers.

Baku City Karting Centre (BCKC)  became operational on April 22nd, 2018 with the assistance of Baku City Circuit Operations Company (BCC) and the support of the Azerbaijan Automobile Federation (AAF). Designed to improve motorsport culture in the country and develop national representatives so they can compete in international racing series, the centre is open to those aged 7 and above. The centre also organizes races among general karting lovers regularly. What is more, it also hosts a professional driver school for minors with the intent of developing homegrown stars of the future.

After meeting with media representatives, J. Rogers raced with the students of the centre’s driver school. The race finished with Rustam Valiyev, a student at BCKC, in first place (57,774 seconds), followed by J. Hasanli (58,015) and Isa Huseynov (58,146). The winner was presented with a gift by J. Rogers who said that he was impressed by the professionalism and competence of his competitors.

February

17

Chase Carey Addresses the 2020 BHMSE Conference

CEO of the Formula 1® Group joins Baku City Circuit and leading promoters, host city event planners, broadcasters and Azerbaijani Business Figures at the fourth annual conference in Baku

Baku City Circuit (BCC), promoter of the Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix™, today once again welcomed the CEO & Executive Chairman of the Formula 1 Group, Chase Carey, to the 2020 Conference on the Benefits of Hosting Major Sports Events (BHMSE-2020).

The event, now in its fourth year, took place in the Baku Convention Centre and was also attended by Eric Boullier, CEO of the Formula 1 Grand Prix de France and Sky Sports’ Head of F1, Scott Young as well as Alan Grady, Director of Operations & Finance for Galway 2020 – this year’s European Capital of Culture - amongst others.

Chase Carey led the first panel of the day where he shared his vision for how the sport and its many global promoters can better work together to deliver unrivalled, sustainable, world-class race weekends whose long-term influence will last long after the final cars cross the finish line. His optimistic outlook for the sport – and its promoters – was extremely timely given the recent PwC report that revealed the Baku F1 race weekend has generated US$506.3m in direct and indirect revenue since F1’s arrival in the Azerbaijani capital in 2016. 

The symposium also featured stellar contributions from other high-profile representatives including Sky Sports’ Head of F1, Scott Young, who outlined how F1 has harnessed the power of broadcast to grow its global audience and deliver world class coverage across each of its 22 race weekends. He also looked at how the promoters themselves benefit from the global exposure that comes with hosting an event as big as Formula 1. Indeed, the aforementioned PwC report also revealed that the past two races in Baku saw a global audience of 82.3 million individuals view the 2018 race on television, while in 2019, the total global TV audience grew by 10% to reach a figure of 90.2 million viewers.

Executive Director of Baku City Circuit, Arif Rahimov, represented the F1 promoters at the BHMSE conference alongside the new CEO of the Formula 1 Grand Prix de France, Eric Boullier, who spoke about the positive impact the return of F1 has had on the ‘spiritual home’ of F1 in France and the Le Castellet region in particular since it re-joined the calendar in 2018.

Also, in attendance today was Alan Grady, representative of the European Capital of Culture for 2020, Galway (Ireland) as well as Elkhan Mammadov, Chief Executive Director of the Azerbaijani Football Federation (AFFA) who charted the organisations plans ahead of Baku’s hosting of four games in the upcoming UEFA Euro 2020 tournament this June.

Furthermore, key figures from within the Azerbaijani government – including Azad Rahimov, Minister of Youth and Sports of the Republic of Azerbaijan - also attended and spoke at the event this morning.

The special one-day conference provided a unique platform for F1’s commercial rights holders, broadcast partners, the Azerbaijan & French Grand Prix promoters and businesses and political representatives from across the region to come together to share their own experiences and discuss and analyse the economic and social impact, importance and benefits that staging major sporting & cultural events can have on host cities and nations.

In between sessions, all speakers also participated in a lively and engaging Q&A session with delegates and attending media.

The full list of speakers at the 2020 BHMSE conference is outlined below:

 

·        Chase Carey, CEO & Executive Chairman of the Formula 1 Group

·        Eric Boullier, CEO, GIP Grand Prix de France

·        Scott Young, Head of F1 Sky

·        Azad Rahimov, Minister of Youth and Sports of the Republic of Azerbaijan

·        Eldar Azizov, Head of Baku City Executive Authority

·        Arif Rahimov, Executive Director of Baku City Circuit

·        Elkhan Mammadov, Chief Executive Director of AFFA

·        Alan Grady, Director of Operations & Finance, Galway 2020

·        Mark Mateer, CEO, Quantum Consultancy

·        Movlan Pashayev, Country Managing Partner for PwC Azerbaijan

 

Speaking afterwards, Arif Rahimov commented on the success of the fourth successive BHMSE Conference: “It is a privilege to once more welcome Chase Carey to Baku. Formula 1’s new ownership has shown us in words and deeds how committed it is to work together to not only deliver an unforgettable racing and entertainment experience for fans but also to build a lasting legacy in its host markets that can resonate for years to come. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all our guest speakers – including Scott Young & Eric Boullier - for sharing their passion, enthusiasm and wisdom with us today.  We have been overwhelmed by the way all our guest speakers have embraced this event and its key themes. We are now fully focussed on delivering the 5th instalment of our great race weekend this summer and can’t wait to welcome all our friends and fans back to Baku in June.”

Chase Carey, also commented earlier today:  “It’s a pleasure to be in Baku, the home of Formula 1’s eighth race of the record breaking 2020 season. We are incredibly excited about the year to come after a great finish to the 2019 season. The momentum we have in F1 right now is growing the sport and making our events bigger and more spectacular. We have many great initiatives underway including the 2021 rules to make the completion on the track closer and our plans to make the sport more environmentally sustainable.  We look forward to working with the Baku City Circuit as we continue on this incredible journey as a sport.