x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 20 January 2018

Khaled al Qubaisi expected to score in Saudi next week

Abu Dhabi's Khaled al Qubaisi has been backed to score his first race wins in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East and then mount a serious assault on the title.

Abu Dhabi's Khaled al Qubaisi has been backed to score his first race wins in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East and then mount a serious assault on the title when the competition resumes in Saudi Arabia next week.

Ibrahim Salloum, his fellow UAE driver, believes al Qubaisi, who is lying third in the 12-round championship, has what it takes to be a serious contender as the 2010/11 series heads for its halfway point at Reem International Circuit outside Riyadh on January 19 and 20.

"Khaled is very talented and was already quick from when we first started together in the UAE GT championship," said Salloum, a newcomer to the Porsche GT3 Cup series this season.

"He has come a long way and has been working hard on his consistency and race craft and I think he will definitely win a few races this season, and will be fighting for the championship right down to the last weekend."

Bahrain's Sheikh Salman bin Rashid Al Khalifa goes into Rounds Five and Six at Reem holding a two-point lead over Prince Abdulaziz Al Faisal, the defending champion.

Two other Saudi Arabia drivers, Fahad Algosaibi and Bandar Alesayi, are tracking third-placed al Qubaisi in the hope of stepping up their challenge on home territory.

That suggests an exciting two days of Porsche GT3 Cup racing at Reem during a busy 48-hour race programme.