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Saudi Falcons to focus on securing top spot as Skydive Dubai lay down home turf challenge in Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East

Saudi Falcons have their sights firmly set on the top spot in the team standings and say they won’t be worried about defending their current position as the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East heads towards the penultimate round.

A storming start to the season saw Skydive Dubai Falcons fly up the team standings early on, only for them to lose their place to the Saudi team as the series progressed. Now after a run of consistent performances the Saudi Falcons know they have two race weekends to make up the 51 point gap which leaders Al Nabooda have in hand, and challenge for the team title.

However, with the Saudi Falcons pushing for the top spot, Skydive Dubai Falcons have been vocal of their hopes to get the better of their Saudi namesakes and leapfrog them into second place. Dubai is once again set to play host as the teams go head to head with the Saudi team just 29 points ahead.

Speaking ahead of the Dubai race weekend Abdulaziz AlFaisal said, “For sure the focus for us is winning the competition, we want to come first. We will be pushing hard and trying everything to secure maximum points. We are aware of the challenge from Skydive Dubai Falcons, they had a good start to the season, slumped a little bit but are now showing why they are here after some impressive performances in the previous Qatar rounds. We can’t be too worried about what they are doing; we just have to focus on ourselves. If we can finish at the top of the pile as drivers then that is going to be best for the team and that is what we will be aiming for.”

After a sluggish start to the season by his own high standards Abdulaziz AlFaisal has led the Saudi Falcons’ charge and moved himself up to 3rd in the driver’s standings, just 5 points behind in-form Kuwaiti teenage star Zaid Ashkanani. However, much of the Saudi Falcon’s consistency this year can be put down to the steadiness of AlFaisal’s team mate Faisal Binladen.

Sharing the same view as his counterpart, Binladen sees Dubai as another opportunity to get points on the board and track down the team championship leaders, Al Nabooda Racing, “Motorsport is incredibly unpredictable but this year’s script is definitely an exciting one. Skydive Dubai were ahead of us for the better part of the season and now the tables have turned. But with 4 races left to go there is no way to know what will happen. For me it’s about focussing on ourselves and driving as well as we can. The better our results the more team points we get; it’s that simple. Skydive Dubai are very consistent and that has been the key to our success as well so we will be looking to keep the momentum and continuing to aim high.”

The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge returns on 14th and 15th February for Round 5 at the Dubai Autodrome.

Overall championship standings after Race 2 Round 4 – Top 6

 

Name

Country

Team

Points

1st

Clemens Schmid

UAE

Al Nabooda Racing

196

2nd

Zaid Ashkanani

Kuwait

BuzaidGT

157

3rd

Abdulaziz AlFaisal

KSA

Saudi Falcons

152

4th

Hasher Al Maktoum

UAE

Skydive Dubai Falcons

130

5th

Karim Al-Azhari

UAE

Al Nabooda Racing

122

6th

Saeed Al Mehairi

UAE

Skydive Dubai Falcons

107

Overall Team Title standings after Race 2 Round 4 – Top 6

 

Name

Country

Points

1st

Al Nabooda Racing

UAE

314

2nd

Saudi Falcons

KSA

263

3rd

Skydive Dubai Falcons

UAE

234

4th

Team Bahrain

BAH

167

5th

BuzaidGT

KUW

121

6th

Milon Racing

GER

93

 

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