Drivers of leading series gather to enjoy special night of celebration ahead of testing

Bahraini racing duo honoured at Night of Champions awards ceremony for Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East Season 8

Bahrain’s emerging driving stars, Isa. A Al Khalifa and Isa. S Al Khalifa have been honoured at the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East Season 8 ‘Night of Champions’ held at the Bahrain International Circuit.

The prestigious evening hosted on the eve of testing for the new season offered moments to savour for all connected to the series but especially last season’s Team Bahrain teenager team-mates.

Isa. S Al Khalifa represented both drivers and the team on the night as Isa. A Al Khalifa is currently studying oversees. During an impressive debut season racing for Team Bahrain the young star secured second placed trophy in the Bronze category and second in the new GCC Porsche GT3 Rookie Championship. While teammate Isa. A Al Khalifa was honoured in third in the Rookie category.  

Ryan Cullen of Ireland returned to the region to be award the drivers’ championship alongside Oman’s Silver category winner Al Faisal Al Zubair and Bronze category winner Magnus Ohman of Sweden, who were all presented their trophies.

On a special night of celebration for Porsche and motorsport in the region, future star Al Zubair also returned to the stage to receive the inaugural GCC Porsche GT3 Rookie Championship trophy.  While father and son duo of Rob Frijns and Charlie Frijns of Qatar were presented the Team Championship title.     

Series Founder and Manager Walter Lechner added: “What a wonderful way to look forward to the new season by celebrating all the achievements of the past here at the home of Motorsport in the Middle East. We owe much to the generous support of Shaikh Salman bin Isa Al Khalifa, Chief Executive Officer of the Bahrain International Circuit. From a founding vision to eight successful seasons, he has helped this championship flourish.  

“Every single driver should also be congratulated for the contribution they have made to motorsport in the Middle East and a series that is growing year on year.  If Isa. S Al Khalifa can develop across this Season 9 as he did in the previous then I’m confident he will be a regular fixture on the podium. 

“Already you can feel the energy and excitement build as the countdown to the opening race on the 17th November in Bahrain. We’ve a bigger grid and more nations represented than ever before so I’m sure the scenes of celebration tonight will have inspired the new breed of drivers awaiting the start of Season 9.”

The highly successful formula of Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East will continue in Season 9 and consists of six race weekends with 12 races over a period of six months with an expanded grid featuring new racers from South Africa, Scotland, Oman and Germany. Drivers from nine different countries will compete Dubai Autodrome, Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi and Bahrain International Circuit.  

The championship starts on 17th November in Bahrain as part of the FIA World Endurance Championship weekend at the Bahrain International Circuit and come to a thrilling conclusion by supporting official 2018 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix weekend.

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