Proud Al Qubaisi reaches new milestone at Le Mans

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First Emirati to contest legendary endurance race in buoyant mood in France.

Abu Dhabi - Khaled Al Qubaisi says it will be the proudest moment of his career when he becomes the first Emirati driver to compete in the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans tomorrow (Saturday).

#66 JMW Motorsport Ferrari F458 Italia: Andrea Bertolini, Khaled Al Qubaisi, Abdulaziz Al Faisal
#66 JMW Motorsport Ferrari F458 Italia: Andrea Bertolini, Khaled Al Qubaisi, Abdulaziz Al Faisal

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Sponsored by Emirates Aluminium (EMAL) and supported by Abu Dhabi Racing, Al Qubaisi was in a buoyant mood ahead of the classic endurance race as he teams up with Saudi Arabia’s Prince Abdulaziz Bin Turki AlFaisal and Italian Andrea Bertolini in a Dunlop Ferrari 458 Italia.

“It will be a very proud moment for me when they play the UAE national anthem before the start,” said Al Qubaisi, whose JMW Motorsport team is entered in the GTE Pro class for cars adapted from production models.

The team qualified 12th in their class, despite missing the bulk of the qualifying sessions following Wednesday afternoon’s crash in practice, after which mechanics worked flat out for 18 hours to rebuild the damaged Ferrari at the Circuit de la Sarthe in France.

“We lost about five hours of track time, which is not ideal, especially for me as this is my first time at Le Mans,” he said. “But it’s not as bad as it seems. We feel good that the car is now ready, and that we have a god set-up. I did not for a minute feel down, because this kind of thing can happen in racing. Nothing will stop us now.”

Khaled Al Qubaisi

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