Racing adventure continues for Saudi drivers
Saudi drivers ready for test of Dubai Autodrome in Round 2 of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East
Stars of Saudi Arabian motorsport, Bander Alesayi and debutant racer Mohammad Al Saud, have high expectations of reaching the podium in the second round of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East at the Dubai Autodrome this weekend.
Both drivers will take comfort and confidence from the opening round of the region’s leading championship after solid starts to their campaigns. For experienced Alesayi Dubai represents a chance to make it a hat-trick of wins in the silver category thanks to consecutive six place finishes in the opening two races. The stealth like Alesayi who is known for quietly makes his way through the field during the race was seventh quickest in practise.
Speaking after qualifying in sixth place for the third race of the season Alesayi said: “The track feels good and I am happy with the car. It’s a great circuit to compete on and I am focused on building on where I left off in round one. I want to get as close to the front of the pack as possible so qualifying will be very important for me tomorrow. Tomorrow morning we will continue to work on the speed and with a change of tires we hope to get a strong position on the grid for race one.”
For Saud rookie Mohammad Al Saud who is only starting his career in motorsport, Dubai represents both a big opportunity and big challenge in equal measures with competition at the front of the grid stronger than ever. An impressive grid of 16 cars representing 12 nationalities will line-up in Dubai with only eight points separate the top five drivers after the first round.
Speaking ahead of the Dubai race an upbeat Al Saud said; “It is a great feeling to be here in Dubai and competing on a new circuit for the first time. I actually like the track very much and feel like there is lots of room for overtaking and building up speed. I am confident that I can record some quick times tomorrow morning and hopefully get a strong qualifying position ahead of the race, I think this will make a huge difference to how well I start.”
The second round of the championship features a total of nine drivers will make their race debut at the Dubai Autodrome this weekend making the outcome impossible to predict. Newcomer Dylan Pereira (46pts) of Luxemburg will look to defend a two point lead over the experienced Ryan Cullen (44pts) of Ireland in second and Qatar-based driver Charlie Frijns (42pts) in third a further two points back.