Experience faces the newcomers in Dubai this weekend
Dubai Autodrome the battleground as top racers prepare for Round 2 of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East
The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East rolls into Dubai this weekend for the second round of Season 8 and already the competition is shaping up to be fiercer than ever, with just eight points separating the top five drivers and a strong expectation that experience could be the difference on the podium.
Following a thrilling opening round where the podium racers were separated by the most miniscule of time differences, all eyes will be on the Dubai Autodrome on the 9th and 10th of December, as the region’s most professional and most competitive racing series is back on the track for the final race of 2016.
Already, after just one round, the eighth season has shown a new order of racers staking their claim for glory in the Middle Eastern competition, which is widely recognised as one of the top winter development grounds in the world of motor racing.
Proving the ability of the series to attract top talent is the current leaderboard where only two of the top five racers have competed in the series before with newcomers Tom Oliphant, Dennis Olsen and current leader, Dylan Pereira, making their debuts in Bahrain last month. With Ryan Cullen of Ireland competing throughout Season 7 and finishing third overall, and Qatar-based Charlie Frijns taking fifth in the 2015/2016 edition, the seasoned pair will be looking to make their experience count on a Dubai Autodrome track which has been a traditional favourite of GT3 racers.
Al Faisal Al Zubair of Oman got off to a flying start in Round one of the championship and will be hoping to build on his performances this coming weekend at Dubai Autodrome. Speaking ahead of the upcoming round Al Zubair said, “Round one in Bahrain was a great experience and given me huge confidence in my own ability moving into the next race. I have waited a long time to drive in a championship like this in the Middle East, so I am eager to show what I can do on a stage that includes so many talented drivers.
“This will be my first time driving at the Dubai Autodrome. I will be getting as much practice in as possible during testing and trying to learn the track as quick as I can. I have heard great things about racing here, and if round two is anything like Bahrain then it will be another race weekend to remember.”
The 2016/2017 season has seen a flood of enthusiastic newcomers not only travel overseas to secure their slot in the series, but has enticed regional talent to stake their claim for a future of motor racing. With the newly created GCC rookie category giving local drivers the chance to build their skills against racers from around the world, this weekend in Dubai will see almost ten drivers race on the track for the first time with expectations that it could deliver some of the most exciting racing of the season so far.
Speaking ahead of Round 2 of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East at Dubai Autodrome this weekend Walter Lechner, founder and manager of the series, said, “This weekend has the potential to be one of the most competitive rounds we have ever seen with so many new drivers debuting at Dubai Autodrome. Already we’ve seen that the competition is tight at every level of the series and with that we don’t expect any run away leaders in any category. That makes for exciting racing for the drivers and a great spectacle for the fans.”
The second round of the championship featuring the third and fourth races of the twelve race season will take place at Dubai Autodrome on 9th and 10th December, 2016.