Round 4 of the Porsche Sprint Challenge Middle East returns to Bahrain International Circuit
The penultimate round of the Porsche Sprint Challenge Middle East returns to Bahrain this weekend, where three races across two days could all but decide the champion of Season 11. The current leader, Leon Koehler, is 43 points ahead in the standings and will be hoping to build on his lead in Bahrain, knowing that a strong weekend of racing will take him one step closer to securing his first Sprint Challenge Middle East championship before the final round next month.
Following testing on Thursday, the race weekend gets underway with Q1 at 10:40 on Friday morning, followed by Race 1 at 13:20 on the same day. Q2 takes place at 11:30 Saturday morning, followed be Races 2 and 3 at 14:20 and 17:20 respectively.
Speaking ahead of Round 4, Manager of the Porsche Sprint Challenge Middle East and Lechner Racing, Walter Lechner, sad: “With just five races left, Round 4 is set to be the most important round of the season so far. Bahrain International Circuit is one of the world’s greatest tracks and each and every driver will be pushing for podium places across the different categories, knowing that a strong weekend of racing could propel them up the driver standings before the final round in March. Leon has driven extremely well this season and will be hoping to further build his lead this weekend, however we’ve seen over the years that anything can happen. The likes of Julien Hanses, Saul Hack and JB Simmenauer will be pushing him to the very end.”
Heading into Round 4, Germany’s Leon Kohler (213pts) is in top spot with Julian Hanses in second (170pts). JB Simmenauer sits in third on 168pts, with Saul Hack in fourth (163pts). In fifth is Richard Wagner (147pts) and sixth is held by Jesse Van Kuijk of The Netherlands (129pts).
Ahead of an action-packed race weekend of the longest running motorsport series in the Middle East, motorsport fans will be especially delighted to see a line-up featuring over 17 drivers from 10 different nations.
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.