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Team Bahrain looking to impress on home turf in final round of Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East

Team Bahrain are looking to sign off on a high at the home of Middle Eastern motorsports, the Bahrain International Circuit as the region’s most professional series, the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East heads to the Bahrain International Circuit for Round 6 on 7th and 8th March.

The final round of the fifth edition promises to be one of the most memorable in the series history with all three categories at stake and three points separating the top three in the overall standings. Former series champion Salman bin Rashid Al Khalifa and Mohammed Mattar are looking to give the home crowd something to celebrate as they target podium positions and have a say in the destiny of the championship.

A breathtaking comeback saw Al Khalifa claim third in race one of Round 2 but he has been unable to reproduce that sparkling performance thereafter, finishing as high as sixth on four occasions. Meanwhile team-mate Mattar has had to endure misfortune on three occasions after race incidents meant he didn’t finish a race, despite an encouraging start to the season where he finished in the top six.

With home territory the final stop of the season, Al Khalifa, who sits ninth in the championship, is hoping to sign off the series on a high. Speaking ahead of Round 6, Al Khalifa said: “We cannot dwell too much on what has happened in the past and just look forward to having a final impact both personally and professionally. I want to finish as high in the table as possible and we also have a duty as professional sportsmen to perform to the best of our abilities as all three categories are up for grabs.”

“Driving at home is always an amazing feeling, with the whole of Bahrain watching. We want to give our fans something to cheer and hopefully as a team we can produce our best in the final round,” added Al Khalifa.

A lot was expected of Mattar at the start of the season after a highly impressive demonstration of his skills and talents last year that saw him finish runner-up in the Silver Michelin category. Currently lying 11th in the table, Mattar will look to put on a final show and reproduce the efforts he showed at this stage last season where he finished third in race 1.

Speaking ahead of round 6, Mattar said: “It has been a frustrating campaign and limited to what I can produce. But the past is the past and now I need to look forward and finish on a positive note. I won a podium here last season in Round 6 and I aim to repeat the feat. We will have our own fans behind us and keep building towards the future.”

Team Bahrain will be part of a breathtaking final round of the season with all three categories up for grabs. Kuwait’s Zaid Ashkanani heads into Round 6 leading the overall championship standings by three points (199 points) from reigning champion Clemens Schmid and former winner Abdulaziz AlFaisal, who will be looking for an unprecedented third title.

The region’s most professional racing series 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 Race 1 Round 5 – 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 after Race 1 Round 5 – 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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