Al Attiyah Secures SilverClemens Schmid of Al Nabooda Racing secured a convincing win in-front of over 2,000 fans under the bright lights of the Losail International Circuit in Race 2 of Round 4 in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East.

Starting third on the grid, Schmid produced a storming opening lap after a rolling start to first overtake the second placed Charlie Frijns into the first corner and then repeated the exact same move one lap later to undo Saudi Fahad Algosaibi who had started on pole.

While Qatar racing legend Nasser bin Saleh Al Attiyah continued his fantastic debut for Team QMMF in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East. Again Al Attiyah demonstrated his natural talent backing up his win of the Silver Michelin category in Race 1 by repeating the feat in Race 2 and finishing a commendable 10th overall.

Speaking after the race Nasser bin Saleh Al Attiyah stated:

I couldn’t be happier right now. I think I did QMMF and myself proud. I just wish I had started this type of racing earlier in my career as I even think the rallying will improve! With more time and experience in the car I feel I can improve and break into the top 10 but it will take hard work. The standard is so very high and the gap between us all is very small.’

At the front of the grid UAE resident Schmid got ahead of his rivals extending his lead in the race over two of the youngest drivers on the grid as Algosaibi and Frijns finished second and third respectively. In claiming maximum points, Schmid further extended his lead at the top of table to 39 points after back to back Round 4 victories in Qatar.

Speaking after his 4.339 second victory, an elated Schmid said:

The rolling start helped me a lot today as I knew I had the pace to catch the front two. It was unusual being third on the grid but it was a good challenge for me. Once I was in front I managed to control the pace and create a gap. It is another step for us in maintaining our lead in the Team title and we need to continue with this winning formula.’

The starting grid for Race 2 had an unfamiliar look as the established order were forced aside by talented youngsters Algosaibi and Charlie Frijns who started on pole and second having blitzed the qualifying session with two near perfect laps.

However as nerves increased so did the tension on the grid as a rolling restart was forced following a red-flag accident on the opening lap involving Team Bahrain’s Mohammed Matter. Once the race got underway Schmid used all his experience to ease past his even younger challengers.

If any more evidence was ever needed of the Porsche’s championship ability to nurture and develop emerging racing talent in the Middle East then Round 4 proved it at every level. From those young drivers starting out on their racing journey such as the second and third placed Algosaibi and Frijns to Qatar racing legend Nasser bin Saleh Al Attiyah whose GT3 debut in Round 4 added a new chapter to his outstanding motorsport career.

Round 4 Race 2 Action at LosailSkydive Dubai Falcons duo of Sheikh Hasher Al Maktoum and Saeed Al Mehairi were once again determined to be amongst the top six and involved in an epic tussle with Al Nabooda Racings Karim Al Azhari and Salman bin Rashid of Team Bahrain. Al Mehairi demonstrated his growing, claiming eight moving up from tenth while a gutsy fight back from team mate Al Maktoum who started in last place from the pits, bodes well for the next round in Dubai.

In the team title Dubai based Al Nabooda (314) continue to lead rivals the Saudi Falcons (263) and Skydive Dubai Falcons (234).

The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge returns on 14 and 15 February 2014 for Round 5 at the Dubai Autodrome.

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Overall championship standings after Race 2 Round 4

 

Name

Country

Team

Points

1st

Clemens Schmid

UAE

Al Nabooda Racing

196

2nd

Zaid Ashkanani

Kuwait

BuzaidGT

157

3rd

Abdulaziz AlFaisal

KSA

Saudi Falcons

152

4th

Hasher Al Maktoum

UAE

Skydive Dubai Falcons

130

5th

Karim Al-Azhari

UAE

Al Nabooda Racing

122

6th

Saeed Al Mehairi

UAE

Skydive Dubai Falcons

107

Overall Team Title standings after Race 2 Round 4

 

Name

Country

Points

1st

Al Nabooda Racing

UAE

314

2nd

Saudi Falcons

KSA

263

3rd

Skydive Dubai Falcons

UAE

234

4th

Team Bahrain

BAH

167

5th

BuzaidGT

KUW

121

6th

Milon Racing

GER

93

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