Abdulaziz AlFaisal ( Saudi Falcons Team )
Dec. 19, 2012
-- After the end of the 5th and 6th rounds of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East which took place at Dubai Autodrome, HRH Abdulaziz AlFaisal (ATF) stays on top of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East with a tally of 140 points, 12 points ahead of Nabooda Racing’s Clemens Schmidt and 23 points ahead of the latter’s teammate Karim Al Azhari. On the other hand the Saudi Falcons stay in second place in the team championship standings with 218 points, 27 points away from leaders Nabooda Racing.
The 5th round saw a very exciting start where Abdulaziz started 2nd behind Schmidt after trailing him by 0.498 seconds in qualifying. Abdulaziz’s race was compromised due to a jump start by Nabooda’s Karim Al Azhari whose pace was slower than ATF and this delayed the latter, and on top of that ATF dropped to 5th place, after going wide of the track briefly. ATF managed to fight back to second though, with a powerful comeback. On the other hand Faisal Binladen had a storming start of the race, and climbed as high as third before dropping back to 6th at the end of the race, claiming valuable points for the team. Faisal is still working hard to regain his form after being away for some time from racing.
In the next day all drivers where determined to give their best before going to a long winter break ahead of the upcoming round at the Reem Circuit in Riyadh on the 6th and 7th of February. The qualifying session ended very closely between Schmidt and Abdulaziz where Schmidt pipped ATF by only 0.068 seconds. The race was very close between the leaders as well, and Abdulaziz stayed close to Schmidt looking for a mistake from the Austrian. They both reached the finish line within 0.2 seconds a drift with Schmidt on top. On the other side of the Falcon’s garage Binladen had a good start but had a minor incident at turn 3 of the first lap which led him to the back of the pack. Binladen fought back to regain 5 lost places, and collected some valuable points for the Saudi Falcons in the championship.
“Thank God i scored the 2nd place twice this weekend and in Dubai’s Double header, and this comes after difficult race at the 5th round. I feel satisfied that we are leading the driver’s championship midway through the season and we will be looking into maintaining this lead while reverting back to home soil at the Reem Circuit at the 6th and 7th rounds of the championship. The championship is still being played and fought hard and the 12 points leads count for nothing since the championship is still young.” stated Al Faisal after the end of Rounds 5 and 6.
On the other hand Saudi Falcons’ Faisal Binladen stated: I have benefitted a lot from both Dubai rounds. Although I climbed into third and finished 6th in the first race I believe that i still didn't present the form I should be having. I am working hard to regain my form and this will come with practice and more participation. I hope i will be raising by level at the next rounds at the Reem Circuit. I also congratulate my teammate Abdulaziz on maintaining the championship lead.”
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