Teenager who made history in Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East is raring to go as series returns to Bahrain Record-breaker Fahad aiming high in Porsche GT3 Cup Dubai. Fahad Algosabi, the teenager who made motor racing history...
Teenager who made history in Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East is raring to go as series returns to Bahrain
Record-breaker Fahad aiming high in Porsche GT3 Cup
Dubai. Fahad Algosabi, the teenager who made motor racing history in last season's Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East, can underline his status as one of the region's most talented young drivers when the series returns to Bahrain International Circuit this weekend.
During the inaugural 2009-10 GT3 championship the Saudi student who goes to school in Bahrain became at 16 years the youngest ever competitor, and the youngest winner, in more than 20 years of Porsche one-make series racing.
His victory in Round 10 of the series at Reem International Circuit outside Riyadh in March stamped him as a driver with a bright future, although racing will always come second behind career development for Fahad who plans to study abroad to become an industrial engineer.
"His career is his priority," said father Fawaz, who will again join his son in the starting line-up for Rounds 3 and 4 of the Porsche GT3 Cup series taking place as part of the Bahrain's latest Speedweekend on Thursday and Friday (December 2-3).
"The racing is for fun, although he does get a lot out of it because the sport teaches young people good values. It requires a lot of discipline and a racing driver needs to be focused and determined if he is to achieve his goals.
"At the same, time taking part in a series like this brings exposure to many other people and a good deal of travelling, and we have already achieved more than we set out to achieve for Fahad."
Placed fourth in the opening round of the 2010-11 GT3 Cup series at Yas Marina Circuit earlier this month and a disappointing seventh 24 hours earlier in Round 2, Fahad will now be looking to challenge for a podium place in Bahrain this weekend, and add another series victory as the season progresses.
"We're working closely with our chief engineer and mechanic this time and we're looking forward to building on our results as the season progresses,"said Fawaz, who is chasing the Mobil 1 Trophy for drivers over the age of 40, finishing second in the class in the first two rounds.
"Fahad stated in karting at the age of nine and he definitely has a natural gift as a driver. He learnt a lot competing in this Porsche series last season. He has a better understanding of the dynamics of the car, the suspension and the set-up, and how this affects performance, and is able to give more feedback to the team as a result."
Bahrain's Sheikh Salman Bin Rashid Al Khalifa and Saudi's defending champion, Prince Abdulaziz Al Faisal, share the championship lead heading into the weekend after scoring one race victory each in Abu Dhabi.
"They have a lot of experience and started the new season very well so their confidence is high," said Fawaz. "Fahad is a step behind them, but he's a very solid driver and won't let his results at Yas Marina get him down. He is very focused and feels he is going to do well this season."
-source: pcc me