Kuwaiti teen sensation prepares for challenging rounds at Reem International Circuit
Kuwait’s driving prodigy Zaid Ashkanani will be looking to build upon his impressive first half of the season in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East when he returns to action for the 7th and 8th rounds in February (6th and 7th) at the Reem International Circuit in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Making his championship debut the teenage driving star has taken the leading one-make series by storm currently leading the Michelin Silver category with 98 points and is poised to finish amongst the best drivers in the region.
Commenting on his performance in the series thus far he said: “This entire experience has been a dream for me. It’s one thing to be confident in your abilities but it’s another to actually put them to the test and be able to deliver solid results.
“It’s real racing so competition and rivals are fierce. I’m just thrilled that I have the privilege to compete on the Middle East’s greatest circuits in one of the all-time greatest race cars, the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.
“The first six rounds of the championship have already taught me so much by exposing me to such a high calibre of Middle Eastern racing. No matter what the final outcome, the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East has added to my lifetime experience and will fundamentally strengthen my overall driving skills.”
Ashkanani attained his first podium position in Round 3 and currently stands 4th overall in the series trailing behind 3rd placed team Al Nabooda veteran driver Karim-Al Azhari by 19 points. In close pursuit in 5th position is Saudi Falcons’ Faisal Binladen with 85 points and the first female driver to ever race in the Middle East, Denmark’s Christina Nielsen who managed to collect a total of 82 points during the first half of the season.
Speaking ahead of the 7th and 8th rounds in Saudi Arabia, Ashkanani said: “Everything in this championship is a completely new experience for me. With every round I am always excited to see what the next circuit offers and the Reem International Circuit is no exception. I can’t wait to get back out on the track and race in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the host nation for such incredible drivers like Abdulaziz AlFaisal and Faisal BinLaden. There will be a lot of fans attending the rounds in Reem and they will be rooting for the Saudi Falcons to deliver a victory. I hope to win their respect and show them that I can challenge the quickest drivers in the region.”
Walter Lechner, Manager of Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East, said: “Zaid’s introduction to his racing career has been phenomenal. He shows real talent and promise and if he continues to prove this level of dedication and commitment he could definitely go on to become one of the regions’ most prominent racing stars of the future.”
The series returns for Rounds 7 and 8 at the Reem International Circuit, Saudi Arabia on the 6th and 7th February.