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Qatar’s Al Attiyah aims for Silver Michelin glory as Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East builds to a climax in Bahrain

After taking part in just two of the past five rounds, Qatari sporting legend Nasser Al Attiyah has set himself the high ambition of victory in the Silver Michelin category of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East as the incredible fifth season of the series comes to a thrilling close at the Bahrain International Circuit for Round 6 on the 7th and 8th March.

Driving for Team QMMF (Qatar Motor & Motorcycling Federation), the all-round sporting great, who has graced the podium in each of the two rounds he has competed in, currently sits fourth in the Silver Michelin category with 44 points. Swiss driver Antonio Giancola leads the group by 39 points with two races to go at the home of regional motorsport, Bahrain.

With a legendary status in rally and the Olympic Games, Al Attiyah is hoping to add the Silver Michelin trophy to his already impressive range of medals and titles and also imprint his name in Porsche folklore. Now Al Attiyah is looking to use his experience and knowledge of motorsport to put pressure on Giancola and claim a memorable scalp in his maiden season.

Speaking ahead of the final round, Al Attiyah said: “Of course it is a lofty ambition but we must dream big. For me the most important thing is to gain experience that can help me in the future and also to discover new ways of using the experience I already have. The season has been great for us as a team but I think we are on a path to something special. It’s hugely exciting to be a part of such a competitive and exciting series but as has always been the case with me; I want to win. This year I am going to need to have some luck on my side but motor racing is such an unpredictable sport so I must be confident.”

He added, “The qualifying sessions will be the key to success without a doubt and that is where we have to make sure we are really strong. Starting further up the grid is a huge advantage and with that in mind we have to throw everything at qualifying.”

Not one to be afraid from a challenge in sport, Attiyah has been a revelation since his introduction to the season on home territory at the Losail International Circuit, Qatar and driving for the first time in the series and Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car. He will be using all his wealth and experience to bring home the title and sign off a memorable campaign.

“It has been a fantastic experience and I have learnt every time I have stepped into the car. Since my first drive in Qatar this has all been a build-up for next season and also getting used to the world-class circuits we drive in across the region. Hopefully with all this experience and knowledge I have gained, I will be better prepared next season, “added Al Attiyah.

The region’s most professional racing series is set to come to a thrilling climax at the Bahrain International Circuit for Round 6 on the 7th and 8th of March.

Overall championship standings after five rounds – Top 6

 

Name

Country

Team

Points

1st

Zaid Ashkanani

Kuwait

Buzaid GT

199

2nd

Clemens Schmid

UAE

Al Nabooda Racing

196

2nd

Abdulaziz AlFaisal

KSA

Saudi Falcons

196

4th

Hasher Al Maktoum

UAE

Skydive Dubai Falcons

166

5th

Karim Al Azhari

UAE

Al Nabooda Racing

150

6th

Saeed Al Mehairi

UAE

Skydive Dubai Falcons

147

Overall Team Title standings five rounds – Top 3

 

Name

Country

Points

1st

Al Nabooda Racing

UAE

342

2nd

Saudi Falcons

KSA

320

3rd

Skydive Dubai Falcons

UAE

310

 

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