TEAM Bahrain will line up against drivers from across the globe in the second round of the Porsche Sprint Challenge Middle East in Dubai this weekend.
Following testing today, racing will get underway tomorrow and will see three races across two days at the Dubai Autodrome.
Heading into the second round, Ali Al Khalifa (37 points) is ninth while teammate Jaber Al Khalifa is 11th (30 points) following the first round on their home track in Sakhir.
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 third (58 points) followed by Richard Wagner (50 points), Jesse Van Kuijk and Frenchman JB Simmenauer.
“It was great to get back behind the wheel in the first round and it’s always a pleasure to race on my home tack. The car felt good and I felt the pace was there,” said Al Khalifa.
Ahead of an action-packed second race weekend of the longest running motorsport series in the Middle East, fans will be especially delighted to see a line-up featuring 17 drivers from 10 different nations.
Current series leader Kohler and reigning Pro-Am Champion Hack of South Africa will line up alongside new, exciting blood, with the likes of Hanses and Richard Wagner of Germany, Austria’s Phillip Sager and Daan Van Kuijk of the Netherlands taking centre stage.
“The first round 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 the second round has in store for us,” said manager of the Porsche Sprint Challenge Middle East and Lechner Racing Walter Lechner.
“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.”
The second round gets underway with the first race at 15.25pm tomorrow followed by back-to-back races on Saturday with the second race scheduled to start at 12.20pm and race three at 15.25pm. 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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