ME: Series Abu Dhabi race 2 report

Saudi champion fights back for GT3 Cup victory Abu Dhabi. Saudi Arabia's Prince Abdulaziz Al Faisal won the second round of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East in emphatic style at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi today. Reversing...

Saudi champion fights back for GT3 Cup victory

Abu Dhabi. Saudi Arabia's Prince Abdulaziz Al Faisal won the second round of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East in emphatic style at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi today.

Reversing the top two finishing positions from the previous day, the defending champion cruised to victory by seven seconds from Bahrain's first round winner, Sheikh Salman Bin Rashid Al Khalifa, to go level with him at the top of the 2010-11 championship standings.

After securing his first podium place in the one-make series 24 hours earlier, Abu Dhabi's Khaled Al Qubaisi took third place again to underline the validity of his challenge this season after a summer gaining experience in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup in Europe.

Placed third in last year's series, Bandar Alesayi grabbed fourth position ahead of fellow-Saudi Faisal Binladen, while Al Qubaisi's team-mate, Musaed Al Murar, completed the top six and also won the rookie's trophy for the second day running.

The starting grid had been decided by the drivers' second fastest times during qualifying on Saturday. Starting in pole position, Prince Abdulaziz got away from the grid smoothly, and gradually built up a comfortable cushion from Sheikh Salman who was never able to get close enough to put him under pressure, as he had done the previous day.

The two drivers now share the championship lead as they look ahead to Rounds 3 and 4 on Speed weekend at Bahrain International Circuit on December 2-3.

-source: pcc me/totalcompr

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Series Porsche
Drivers Faisal Binladen , Abdulaziz Al Faisal , Bandar Alesayi , Khaled Al Qubaisi