Round 5 of the Porsche BWT GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East returns to Bahrain this weekend, with three races scheduled over two days at the iconic Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir. With 11 of the 16-race season complete, Omani star driver Al Faisal Al Zubair goes into Round 5 knowing a strong weekend of racing will all but confirm a second title in as many seasons as he heads into Round 6 later this month.
The Omani currently sits comfortably in first place on 263 pts, 41 points clear in the overall standings ahead of Berkay Besler of Turkey in second (222 pts). J.B. Simmenauer of France is behind him in third (178pts), USA’s Michael de Quesada in 4th (177pts) and fellow countryman Al Wahaibi in 5th on 173 points.
Speaking ahead of the weekend, Al Zubair said: “I go into Round 5 feeling confident and refreshed after a nice break following Round 4. Round 4 was a hard round but it was a good experience coming up against an in-form Dylan Pereira. He pushed me hard and it’s made me go into Round 5 not taking anything for granted. It showed how competitive the series is and how every driver can pose a threat on their day.”
Series founder Walter Lechner, of Lechner Racing, said: “Round 5 represents a great opportunity for the drivers to race hard and fight for places before going into the final round later this month. It’s a track most of the drivers are familiar with, so they’ll go into the round full of confidence and I’m sure this will show throughout the weekend. Al Zubair is the man to catch in first place, however there are hardly any points between Berkay in 2nd and De Quesada in 4th, so it’s all to play for.”
The Porsche BWT GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East is back this weekend for Round 5 at the iconic Bahrain International Circuit, 8th and 9th March 2019. Racing gets underway with Race 1 at 14.00hrs on Friday, followed by Race 2 at 13.25 and Race 3 at 16.35 on Saturday.
Round 6, the final round, is an official support race to the 2019 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix in March 2019, the only regional racing series to do so.