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Ashkanani set to shine bright as Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East returns to Qatar

The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East returns under the lights for two night races and Round 3 of the most professional racing series in the region at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar on 17th and 18th January 2014.

The fifth edition of the series has seen breathtaking race action as the region’s leading drivers battle for supremacy. All eyes will be focused on Kuwait’s Zaid Ashkanani as the teenager looks to close the gap at the top of the leader board which is currently occupied by Al Nabooda Racings Clemens Schmid.

As drivers reach the half-way stage of the season, focus turns to the exciting night time races at the stunning Losail International Circuit in Doha for the next two night races, which has hosted the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East for the last two years.

The Kuwaiti will be looking to replicate his stunning performance in Race 2 at the Dubai Autodrome which saw him secure his maiden victory in the series.  With two runner-up spots already this term, and sitting third in the standings, Ashkanani is hoping for a perfect weekend.

Walter Lechner, Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East, said: “The Losail International Circuit provides a different challenge for the drivers under the lights and tests even the most experienced of drivers. With the series at the half-way stage, it promises to be another second half where the pressure will increase for everyone to be produce their best in every race.

“In the last round in Dubai with saw some much drama, action and incredible racing, especially Race 2 which was decided on last turn. I anticipate the same intensity in Qatar with everything to play for in the individual and team standings,” added Lechner.

Building on from his debut season, Ashkanani has stepped up the pace to justify the tag as one of the most promising talents in the region and a future champion of the series. The teenager has backed his talent with results and is now in the running to push Schmid in the championship race.

Looking forward to Round 3 in Qatar, Ashkanani said: “Driving under the lights was one of the highlights of last season. It was a totally different challenge but a thoroughly enjoyable experience. It is always nice to get your first win under your belt but the real challenge starts now.”

“I have to back up the result in Dubai and continue with the momentum. But I am aware Schmid will be hunting me down this time and will want to get back to winning ways but that is the beauty of motorsport. You are never quite sure what to expect and you cannot separate the top six. It is so tight and competitive,” added Ashkanani.

The series moves to 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.

Overall championship standings after Round 2 

 

Name

Country

Team

Points

1st

Clemens Schmid

Austria

Al Nabooda Racing

98

2nd

Hasher Al Maktoum

UAE

Skydive Dubai Falcons

74

3rd

Zaid Ashkanani

Kuwait

Team BuzaidGT

71

4th

Abdulaziz AlFaisal

KSA

Saudi Falcons

70

5th

Karim Al-Azhari

UAE

Al Nabooda Racing

63

6th

Hubert Haupt

GER

 

53

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