Porsche Sprint Challenge Middle East returns for Round 2 in Dubai

Drivers from the region and across the globe will line up for Round 2 of The Porsche Sprint Challenge Middle East when it returns to Dubai this weekend. Following testing on Thursday 23rd January, racing will get underway on the 24th and will see three races across two days at the Dubai Autodrome.    

Heading into Round 2, Leon Kohler (71 points) has a slender lead of four points in the overall standings, with Berkay Besler in second (67 points). Saul Hack and newcomer Julian Hanses are in third place with (58 points).  In fifth sits Richard Wagner (50 points), sixth is held by Jesse Van Kuijk and seventh position belongs to Frenchman JB Simmenauer, demonstrating the international make-up of the grid in Season 11.

Ahead of an action-packed second race weekend of the longest running motorsport series in the Middle East, motorsport fans will be especially delighted to see a line-up featuring 17 drivers from 10 different nations.

Current series leader Leon Kohler and reigning Pro-Am Champion, Saul Hack of South Africa, will line up alongside new, exciting blood, with the likes of Julian Hanses and Richard Wagner of Germany, Austria’s Phillip Sager and Daan Van Kuijk of the Netherlands taking centre stage.

Speaking ahead of Round 2, Manager of the Porsche Sprint Challenge Middle East and Lechner Racing, Walter Lechner, sad: “Round 1 already displayed just why the series is the most exciting one-make racing series in the region. With so much talent on display from across the globe, I speak on behalf of everyone at Lechner Racing when I say just how excited we are to see what Round 2 has in store for us. Dubai is home to one of the best tracks in the region; a track which lends itself to fierce, competitive driving. With so many talented drivers behind the wheel of the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Car, the three races will undoubtably be full of action.”

Round 2 gets underway with Race 1 at 15h25 on Friday, 24th January, followed by back-to-back races on Saturday 25th January, with Race 2 scheduled to start at 12h20 and Race 3 at 15h25. Entry is free for all. 

The Porsche Sprint Challenge Middle East is recognised as having a profound impact on the sport’s development as it was the first regional championship backed by a manufacturer in the Middle East. It gives official drivers access to the latest Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race car, the same model used for international motorsport editions, such as the Porsche Carrera Cup and the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, the official F1 support race. 

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