Saudi champion hits back to score GT3 Cup victory
Bahrain. Saudi Arabia’s Prince Adulaziz Al Faisal underlined his determination to clinch a second successive title triumph in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East by winning Round 4 at Bahrain International Circuit today.
Hindered by gearbox problems 24 hours earlier when he finished fifth in the previous round, the defending champion was in brilliant form today, starting from pole position and moving into a six seconds lead from Abu Dhabi’s Khaled Al Qubaisi at the half way mark.
Again highlighting the great progress he has made since last season, Al Qubaisi piled on the pressure in the closing laps but Al Faisal held on to win by 0.671 seconds.
Teenager Fahad Algosaibi took the other podium place, with Bahrain’s Round 3 winner Sheikh Salman Bin Rashid Al Khalifa having to settle for fourth position on this occasion. His consolation was that he still leads the 12-round championship by two points
The top six was completed by Saudi’s Bandar Alesayi and Al Qubaisi’s Abu Dhabi team-mate, Musaed Al Murar (UAE) who was the top rookie for the fourth race in a row.
Round 4 results
1. Abdulaziz Al Faisal (KSA) Al Faisal Racing Team 22:41.822
2. Khaled Al Qubaisi (UAE) tolimit Arabia 22:42.492
3. Fahad Algosaibi (KSA) ClassicArabia Racing 22:43.732
4. Salman Bin Rashid Al Khalifa (BAH) 22:47.873
5. Bandar Alesayi (KSA) 22:49.669
6. Musaed Al Murar (UAE) tolimit arabia 22:58.255
7. Ibrahim Salloum (UAE) Abu Dhabi Falcon Racing 23:24.728
8. Johannes Waimer (GER) 23:37.478
9. Fawaz Algosaibi (KSA) ClassicArabia Racing 23:38.440
10. Alain Muraour (F) 22:49.001 1 lap
Championship positions after four rounds:
1. Salman Bin Rashid Al Khalifa (BAH) 72pts
2. Abdulaziz Al Faisal (KSA) Al Faisal Racing Team 70pts
3. Khaled Al Qubaisi (UAE) tolimit Arabia 64pts
4. Fahad Algosaibi (KSA) ClassicArabia Racing 57pts
5. Bandar Alesayi (KSA) 54pts
6. Musaed Al Murar (UAE) tolimit arabia 39pts
7. Ibrahim Salloum (UAE) Abu Dhabi Falcon Racing 34pts
8. Fawaz Algosaibi (KSA) ClassicArabia Racing 27pts
9. Faisal Binladen (KSA) Saudi Falcon Racing 22pts
10. Johannes Waimer (GER) 15pts