Middle East’s Porsche race series prepares for Abu Dhabi

Posted on Nov 3, 2010 by

Middle East's Andre Oosthuizen shows off the 2011 GT3 Cup car

The Middle East’s Porsche-only racing series will start its new season at this month’s Abu Dhabi Formula 1 Grand Prix.

The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East will see some of the region’s best drivers battle it out in virtually identical cars, beginning in support of the F1 finale at on November 13 and 14.

Last year’s inaugural season saw Saudi Prince Abdulaziz Al Faisal notch up nine wins in 12 rounds to become the first GT3 Cup Challenge champion in the Middle East.

This week’s launch of the 2010/11 season at the Dubai Autodrome saw the new 450bhp 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car driven for the first time, with several drivers taking their initial test sessions behind the wheel.

The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East in action at Yas Marina Circuit last season

After the opening two round in Abu Dhabi over the GP weekend, the series will visit and the in Saudi Arabia.

Prince Abdulaziz will face a tough defence from his title from the likes of Bahrain’s Sheikh Salman bin Rashid Al Khalifa, Saudi teeneager Fahad Algosaibi and Abu Dhabi’s Khaled Al Qubaisi, who earlier this year competed in the full Porsche Supercup series. His fellow countrymen Ibrahim Salloum and Musaed Al Murar will also join the Middle East challenge this series.

“Like the drivers, we’re all excited about the new season ahead, especially after the excellent start we enjoyed last year which exceeded our expectations,” said Andre Oosthuizen, marketing director for Porsche Middle East and Africa.

“We’re delighted to introduce the latest GT3 Cup car. We will be the first region to put the new car through its paces in our series which, we believe has all the right ingredients to go from strength to strength in the years ahead.”

2 Responses to Middle East’s Porsche race series prepares for Abu Dhabi

  1. jawad halimi Reply

    December 31, 2010 at 7:26 pm

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    • Pankaj Dev

      Pankaj Dev Reply

      January 7, 2011 at 11:03 pm

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