Porsche series set for new season F1 boost in Abu Dhabi Bahrain. The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East will share the stage with the 2010 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix when it launches its second season in November, with...
Porsche series set for new season
F1 boost in Abu Dhabi
Bahrain. The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East will share the stage with the 2010 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix when it launches its second season in November, with a bigger driver line-up expected for a series also bringing action again in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.
While the full schedule for the one-make Porsche series in 2010-2011 has yet to be finalised, it was confirmed today that first two rounds will be part of the race support programme for the final round of this year's FIA Formula One World Championship at Yas Marina Circuit on November 13-14.
Bahrain International Circuit and Reem International Circuit in Saudi Arabia will again also host rounds next season, while a number of additional drivers are expected to join the championship following the completion of a highly successful first campaign earlier this month.
The inaugural Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East was won by Saudi's Prince Abdulaziz Al Faisal, who will be officially crowned champion tonight at the end-of-season prize giving ceremony at Bahrain International Circuit.
The full 2010-2011 calendar will be announced shortly, and already there are indications that the series could expand to four or five Middle East venues in the next couple of years.
Sponsored by Michelin and Mobil 1, the 12-round championship is organised and managed by Austrian-based Lechner Racing on behalf of Porsche Middle East & Africa.
"While we have only just completed the first season we are well advanced with our plans to grow the series quickly," said Walter Lechner, who had great success as a sports car driver with Porsche in the 1980s before setting up his own motor sport outfit.
"There has been growing interest from other drivers over the last few months and we're expecting to have several new faces on the starting grid in Abu Dhabi.
"At the same time, we're already in discussions to expand the series to one or two additional countries in the next couple of years, and I'm confident the championship will go from strength to strength."
The inaugural Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East added another chapter to more than 20 years of Porsche one-make series racing worldwide, and helped create motor sport history in Saudi back in January as the first international circuit racing event to be staged in the Kingdom.
"We now look forward to building on the excellent start that has been made," said Deesch Papke, Managing Director, Porsche Middle East & Africa. "The series spotlights the brand's unmatched expertise in building successful sports cars for the road and the race track, and it has quickly become an exciting addition to the regional motor sport scene."
-source: pcc me