ME: Series news 2010-03-29

Abu Dhabi driver told to follow Binladen's example as Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East heads for climax Saudi surprise package shows the way for Al Qubaisi Dubai. Abu Dhabi's Khaled Al Qubaisi has been advised to follow ...

Abu Dhabi driver told to follow Binladen's example as Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East heads for climax

Saudi surprise package shows the way for Al Qubaisi

Dubai. Abu Dhabi's Khaled Al Qubaisi has been advised to follow the example of Saudi Arabia's Faisal Binladen as he seeks a change of fortunes in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East which reaches its climax in the Kingdom later this week.

While Al Qubaisi has showed impressive pace during the first season of the new one-make Porsche series, his challenge has been blunted by a combination of driver errors and bad luck.

But according to former Le Mans racing star Walter Lechner, Al Qubaisi could capitalise on great natural ability if he displayed the same calmness that has made Binladen the surprise package of the championship.

"Khaled has a lot of potential because he is naturally very quick," said Lechner, whose organisation, Lechner Racing, runs and manages the series, which is sponsored by Michelin and Mobil 1, for Porsche Middle East and Africa.

"He has surprised me with his speed at times, and I think he's surprised some of the other drivers as well. But he tends to let his enthusiasm get the better of him, and this has led to mistakes which have cost him dearly."

Added Lechner: "In contrast, Faisal has impressed me with his calm approach, and he has made more progress than any other driver since the series started back in December.

"He is a very cool driver, and if Khalid can follow his example, with his speed he could be one of the leading drivers in the championship next year."

The Middle East's first season of Porsche GT3 Cup racing reaches its conclusion with the final two rounds at Reem International Circuit outside Riyadh on Wednesday and Thursday, and Binladen is set to give Saudi a second title triumph.

He has a 100 per cent winning record in the Mobil 1 Trophy for rookies and senior amateur drivers, and needs only to finish one of the last two rounds to take the title, a week after Prince Abdualziz Al Faisal was crowned overall champion.

-source: pcc me

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Series Porsche
Drivers Faisal Binladen , Khaled Al Qubaisi