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Nasser Al Attiyah finishes third overall in Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East Silver Michelin Category

Qatari sporting legend Nasser Al Attiyah won his sixth consecutive race in the Silver Michelin category to end the season third overall in his Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East group after finishing eighth in Race 2 of Round 6 at the Bahrain International Circuit.

Starting tenth on the 20-car grid, Al Attiyah made a solid start on the intense 2.5643km track and fought past Team Bahrain’s Salman bin Rashid Al Khalifa in what was an extremely tight contest. The race was eventually won by season four winner Clemens Schmid of Al Nabooda Racing who lost his title to Kuwait’s Zaid Ashkanani by just one point.

The result means Al Attiyah finishes a hugely impressive third overall in the Silver Michelin Category after only joining the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East series at the halfway stage.

Speaking after Race 2 of Round 6 on the Bahrain International Circuit, Al Attiyah said: “It was a fantastic result for the whole QMMF team today and we are absolutely delighted. It was another incredible race in what is a hugely competitive series. The standards are high and we have had to push to win our silverware. Coming in half way through the series as we did was always going to be an uphill battle but together we have managed to produce some strong results and gave ourselves every opportunity to be victorious. We will celebrate tonight and enjoy the company of the region’s top racing drivers but afterwards we will spend a good bit of time analysing our performances as that is how you improve, through hard work.”

Race 2 in Round 6 was interrupted after the initial start following an on-track incident and began with rolling start where Schmid held pole and Ashkanani fifth.

Schmid made full use of his advantage to extend the gap between himself and the rest of field to win Race 2 by 4.393 seconds with Charlie Frijns also maintaining a substantial distance between himself and the next driver.

The real-battle was for third place and delivered the fight of the season between Ashkanani, Karim Al-Azhari and Abdulaziz AlFaisal. Al Nabooda Racing’s Al-Azhari initially took control of the spot despite being bumper-to-bumper with Ashkanani in the opening laps. Then Saudi Falcons AlFaisal pounced on a mistake by Al-Azhari to overtake the UAE-driver into third. But he never had full control of the position and was under constant pressure from Ashkanani.

At the mid-point of the race, Ashkanani, Al-Azhari and AlFaisal were neck-and-neck going into the first corner and the decisive moment of the race was to unfold. The Kuwaiti teenager was sandwiched between his adversaries but kept his composure to break free and take full control of third and the challenge title.

In the team category Clemens Schmid and Karim Al Azhari’s impressive form over the season means Al Nabooda Racing were victorious in the team title ahead of Saudi Falcons and Skydive Dubai Falcons. In the Silver Michelin category Antonia Giancola emerged as the overall winner. 

Final Gold Category overall challenge standings - Top 6 

 

Name

Country

Team

Points

1st

Zaid Ashkanani

Kuwait

Buzaid GT

245

2nd

Clemens Schmid

UAE

Al Nabooda Racing

244

3rd 

Abdulaziz AlFaisal

KSA

Saudi Falcons

224

4th

Karim Al Azhari

UAE

Al Nabooda Racing

186

5th

Hasher Al Maktoum

UAE

Skydive Dubai Falcons

181

6th

Saeed Al Mehairi

UAE

Skydive Dubai Falcons

181

Final overall team title standings - Top 3

 

Name

Country

Points

1st

Al Nabooda Racing

UAE

426

2nd

Saudi Falcons

UAE

361

3rd

Skydive Dubai Falcons

KSA

359

Silver Michelin overall challenge standings – Top 3

 

Name

Country

Team

Points

1st

Antonio Giancola

ITA

Team Dravya-MACOM

99

2nd

Hannes Waimer

GER

Team TCE

97

3rd

Nasser Al Attiyah

QAT

QMMF

70

 

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