UAE’s Bashar Mardini completes testing in Bahrain

UAE-based driver Bashar Mardini and the unmistakeable sound of the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup roared into the Bahrain International Circuit as a test for season 8 of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East got underway.
For motorsport fans the first practice session is a new era, with an impressive line-up and a significant increase in the number of drivers taking to the track. The testing session featured seventeen drivers in total including Mardini who joins for his debut in the series with a wealth of regional racing experience.
Speaking after testing Mardini said: "This is my first time driving here at Bahrain International Circuit and it's definitely a great track to race on. A lot of the other drivers have competed here before, some on multiple occasions so this weekend for me is all about getting to grips with the circuit layout ahead of the first race.
"The level of driving is going to be high, and every time is a lot of fun." I can not wait to see you again. "  
A fast and furious two-day test period saw all drivers expected to compete in the new championship grasped the opportunity to get valuable laps after the wheel of a pure-bred sports car, the 911 GT3 Cup. This is the first time that the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) has finished.

Season 8 will be one of the biggest shows in the history of the series and one of the most competitive.
Almost half of the drivers to line up for the first race of the new season in Bahrain wants to be completely new to the grid. A remarkable show of strength for the only professional racing series of his child in the Middle East.
Commenting after a successful first testing session for the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East, founder, organizer and motorsport legend Walter Lechner said: "Bashar joins at an exciting time for this championship. This is the result of the years of development and commitment. Now with a grid of this size and average age so young, you can sense that the championship has really come of age and evolved to reach an entirely new level. It 's the best way to get the most out of the world. "

"The region is embracing this championship, because it's just a chance to compete at the highest level. If you are looking for a Porsche Supercup, you can buy the Porsche Supercup. And if testing is anything to go, we'll have an exciting journey ahead! "  

The opening round of the six-round championship will feature two races this upcoming weekend. The first race will take place on Friday night, 18 th November, under the lights at Sakhir / Bahrain, adding Further to the drama of the occasion. The second race is scheduled on Saturday, 19 th  November, ahead of the spectacular 6 Hours of Bahrain, the season finale of the well-known WEC.

With all the drivers competing in the same Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, the one-make series will consist of 12 races between November 2016 and April 2017 over six pulsating weekends across three world class regional racing circuits, the Bahrain International Circuit, Dubai Autodrome and Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.

The  2016-2017  Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East  race schedule is: 


Round 1
17 - 19 Nov 2016
Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain

Round 2
9-12 December 2016
Dubai Autodrome, UAE

Round 3
27 - 28 Jan 2017
Dubai Autodrome, UAE

Round 4
10 - 11 Feb 2017
Yas Marina Circuit, UAE

Round 5
3 - 4 Mar 2017
Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain

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14-16 Apr 2017
Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain

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