Al Thani back in the driving seat ahead of Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East Round 3 weekend in Qatar
As Round 3 of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East prepares to race into Qatar this weekend, former series driver Abdul Rahman Al Thani took the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the new Porsche GT3 Cup car, sponsored by QD-SBG, for the first time today and revealed his hopes of returning to the series in the near future.
As the fifth season of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East reaches the midway stage, all eyes are on Qatar as the most professional racing series in the region prepares for a weekend of night races at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar on 17th and 18th January 2014.
The return of the series to Qatar was the perfect chance for Al Thani to catch up with his former competitors in the series and get to grips with the more powerful and more technically advanced car. After competing in five races last season Al Thani is now looking to make his return to Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East to become the only Qatari racer in the series.
Speaking after he drove the QD-SBG sponsored Porsche GT3 Cup car around the Losail track Al Thani said, “It felt fantastic to be back behind the wheel of one of these cars and I’d like to thank Lechner Racing for giving me the opportunity. The new paddle shift gears and added power make it fantastic to drive and it was especially nice to trial it here in Doha.”
“I’m very hopeful of returning to the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East this season, ideally in the next few weeks. My ultimate dream is to have a Qatari team competing against the already established teams from Bahrain, UAE, Saudi and Kuwait.”
The series races into Qatar with the Losail International Circuit hosting Round 3 on the 17th and 18th January 2014. Porsche motorsport fans can come along and watch the leading drivers from the region battle it out for free with Al Thani ahead of the game in securing his trackside seat.
Ahead of the weekend of racing action Al Thani said, “It was very special to be back out there on the track but I’m going to have to wait before I can be a part of the races. Until then I will be doing the next best thing which will be sitting in the stands watching all the action from the edge of my seat. It’s such a tight competition this year and with the quality of driving on display I’m very much looking forward to an exciting race weekend.”