Al Saud ready for new challenge in GCC Porsche Rookie Championship
Saudi rookie driver prepares for Dubai Autodrome debut in Round 2 of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East
Across seven previous editions of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East, Dubai has been one of the most exciting and important rounds. Now in Season 8, the spotlight is firmly on the much-loved Autodrome with the series’ new rookie driver, Mohammed Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, expected to take centre stage in the region’s most professional racing series.
On December 9th and 10th the lights will go green at the 5.39km track where racers from Bahrain, Qatar and Saudi will get their first taste of what has traditionally been one of the most thrilling rounds of the series where some unexpected results and wins against all odds have been recorded. For the new drivers, this presents both a challenge and an opportunity as they look to build their credentials and experience on the regional stage.
The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East is unique in its ability to blood and develop new racing talent from across the region with the current season perhaps one of the best examples of the series’ attraction. Having secured their first taste of professional, competitive motorsport at the highest levels through Round 1 in Bahrain, all eyes will be on the future hopes of Middle Eastern motorsport as the rookies prepare do battle in Dubai and challenge for the prestigious GCC Porsche Rookie Championship title.
For Saudi Arabian driver Al Saud the future is bright and the youngster is looking to Dubai to cement a solid start to the season as he develops his racing prowess. In the GCC debutants category, the GCC Porsche Rookie Championship, Al Saud secured consecutive fourth place category finishes in the first two races of Season 8 and has a lot to look forward to as he sits proudly in fourth place in the group standings after the first two of twelve races. The Saudi hopeful is now looking to Dubai as a new opportunity to refine his skills, learn a new track and secure some points as he aims for top honours.
Speaking ahead of the upcoming Dubai round Al Saud said: “It was great to get my first two races in the championship underway in Bahrain and a fantastic experience to compete alongside such a talented group of drivers. My confidence has really grown after round 1 and I am determined to better my results in Dubai.
“I have never competed at the Dubai Autodrome and I am excited to race on another well-known, professional racing circuit in the Middle East. It is so important for me to keep progressing with each round and really prove myself being one of the younger drivers in the championship. My aim for the Dubai round is to get on the podium for the rookie category, it will be tough but that is the aim.”
Commenting on the Season 8 rookies, Walter Lechner, the owner of Lechner Racing, and founder and manager of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East, added: “Dubai is another key step in the development of these young talents. The Autodrome has always delivered tight races. It is a quick and technical circuit. We’ll be looking for the drivers to seize every opportunity to maximise their points and hone their skills. It’s great to see them coming into a race like this with that young enthusiasm and hunger for victory – that is what our series is all about. We want to be giving drivers the opportunity to compete at the highest levels and our rookies will definitely get that. They will learn a huge amount in their time here as they experience a track for the first time and it will be an opportunity for us to work on new aspects of their skills. ”
The second round of the championship featuring the third and fourth races of the twelve-race season will take place at Dubai Autodrome on 9th and 10thDecember 2016.