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Dubai teams 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 breath taking race action as the region’s leading drivers’ battle for supremacy. All eyes will be focused on the top two in the championship as Skydive Dubai Falcons Sheikh Hasher Al Maktoum looks to close the gap on current leader and reigning champion Clemens Schmid of Dubai-based Al Nabooda Racing.

The young Skydive Dubai Falcons driver has finished in the top six in every race in his debut season and will be looking to claw back a 24-point gap on his fellow UAE-rival under the lights.

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, Qatar which has hosted the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East for the last two years.

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.

Sheikh Hasher Al Maktoum has demonstrated his undoubted talent and skill throughout the season and will be looking to push his credentials further after the winter break and establish himself as the front-runner for the title.

Looking forward to Round 3 in Qatar, Sheikh Hasher Al Maktoum said: “It will be a totally different experience driving under the lights and from the feedback I have heard from fellow drivers it is a remarkable challenge and one I am looking forward to. I am looking for the perfect weekend and pushing Schmid all the way. We are in a good position for individual and team honours and the hard work starts now.”

Al Nabooda Racings Clemens Schmid battled valiantly on home territory at the Dubai Autodrome with one victory and a second place finish to go into the winter break at the top of the table in his quest to defend his title. Race 2 in Dubai saw him go head-to-head with Kuwait’s Zaid Ashkanani in the season’s most action-packed race, with the Kuwaiti teenager nudging past his adversary on the final lap.

Looking forward to Qatar where he won both races last season, Schmid said: “ I have a good record at Losail and I will be looking to repeat my performances. It is always tough with it being a night race but to be the best you have to encounter and overcome every challenge. It has been a remarkable season with a tough grid and you cannot predict any race.”

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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