Kuwait’s Zaid Ashkanani aiming for the top spot in Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East Season 7

Ever since Zaid Ashkanani made his incredible Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge debut at the tender age of 18, where he claimed sixth place overall and got the coveted Rookie of the Year award, the Kuwaiti racing superstar has been on an upward trajectory of high-octane, adrenaline-fuelled success.

Ashkanani followed up his prodigious 2012-13 entrance to the scene in emphatic fashion the year after by sensationally winning the series only in his second attempt and becoming the youngest Middle Eastern champion of all time in the process. On 20 November, Ashkanani will return to the illustrious race course in Bahrain as another action-packed series gets underway, but this time the spotlight is on the 21-year-old who is eyeing his second Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East trophy after switching to the Dubai based Al Nabooda Racing Team – favourites to win the Team Championship:

This weekend the Kuwaiti star returns to action in with testing taking place at Bahrain International Circuit, the pre-cursor to Season 7 of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East. Speaking ahead of testing Ashkanani said:

“It’s been a few good years for me, but last year’s second-place was a bit hard to take as it was so close. If anything it has made me even stronger, and I’m really confident that I can be victorious again this season. I’m really excited to get going!” Ashkanani said, while adding: “I think it’s great to be a part of Al Nabooda Racing Team, they’re really supportive and have given me all the right tools to go fast. I’m obviously still a Kuwaiti who’s proudly driving for my country, but sometimes you need a change and I felt the time was right.” 

Sandwiched in between the two Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East seasons, Ashkanani has kept himself busy by participating in the GP3 Series 2015, which has ultimately further reinforced his racing experience. Ashkanani explains,
“It’s always good to widen your horizons and to get new experiences. The GP3 was different, but very good learning for me. I’m still young and I try my upmost to take in as much as possible to be the best driver that I can be. For example, I’ve also spent some time with some F1 teams to see what they’re doing, and I hope that this ultimately can boost my chances of winning.”

With twelve action-packed races taking place over six pulsating weekends and across four world-class regional racing circuits, the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East is gearing up for its most exciting season yet with Ashkanani going head to head with reigning champion Clemens Schmid once again and the Saudi-Arabian legend Abdulaziz AlFaisal making an emotional comeback.

A proven path for regional drivers to accelerate their careers on-to the biggest stages of racing through intense competition with global motorsport professionals, the return of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East for Season 7 is a significant boost for the region’s racing scene. Regarded as the purest form of racing with all drivers competing in identical Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars, the unique one-make series will consist of 12 races between November 2015 and March 2016. 

The 2015-2016 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East race schedule is:

Round 1

Race 1- 20th Nov 2015

Race 2- 21st Nov 2015

Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain


Round 2

Race 3- 4th Dec 2015

Race 4- 5th Dec 2015

Al Reem International Circuit, KSA


Round 3

Race 5 – 22nd Jan 2016

Race 6 - 22nd Jan 2016

Yas Marina Circuit, UAE


Round 4

Race 7- 29th Jan 2016

Race 8- 30th Jan 2016

Dubai Autodrome, UAE


Round 5

Race 9 - 19th Feb 2016

Race10 - 19th Feb 2016

Dubai Autodrome, UAE


Round 6

Race 11 - 4th March 2016

Race 12 - 5th March 2016

Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain

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