Young Dutchman Charlie Frijns followed his father Rob´s footsteps in the Porsche GT3 Cup Middle East. The 26-year-old already raced there for the first time in the 2011/12 season. From then on he made his way further and further up through the field.
In 2014/15 and 2015/16 Charlie, who as a rather professional driver already then competed in the gold category, finished fifth in the overall classification, last season he managed to make a quite impressive step forward: Scoring his first wins and becoming an absolute regular on the podium, he finally ended the Championship as runner-up, just 26 points behind Champion Ryan Cullen: “So I guess it´s quite natural that this year I can only aim for the highest goal, the title, but for sure there will be strong competition again, especially from Tom Oliphant, Dylan Pereira, who will join later in the season, and drivers like Al Faisal Al Zubair and Zaid Ashkanani, who did the whole European Porsche Supercup Season and gained a lot of experience there.”
Frijns, who lives in his Dutch home country as well as in Qatar, has a great example of a professional racing driver to follow in his own family: His cousin Robin once even made it into the Sauber F1 team and later into Formula E.