International grid of drivers return for Round 3
The Porsche Sprint Challenge Middle East returns this weekend to Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, for Round 3 of its eleventh instalment. Taking place at the region’s most iconic track, 15 drivers from 10 different nations will take to the grid for three races across Friday and Saturday.
The race weekend gets underway with qualifying at 11.20hrs on Friday morning, with Race 1 scheduled at 16.25hrs on the same day. The second qualifying session kicks off at 09.00hrs on Saturday morning followed by Race 2 at 11.35hrs and Race 3 at 14.40hrs. Entry is free to all.
Heading into the halfway point of the season, Germany’s Leon Koehler (146pts) has a lead of 27 points in the overall standings, with Saul Hack in second (119 points) and Julian Hanses (115pts) in third. JB Simmenauer sits in fourth (105pts), with Richard Wagner in fifth (103pts) and Jesse Van Kuijk in sixth (96pts)
Following this weekend, the series returns for Rounds 4 and 5 at the Bahrain International Circuit in March. The season will conclude as an official support race to the 2020 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix, the only regional racing series to do so.
The Porsche Sprint Challenge Middle East is now in its historic eleventh season, making it the first and longest regional championship backed by a manufacturer in the Middle East. It gives drivers access to the latest Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race car, the same model used for international motorsport editions, such as the Porsche Carrera Cup and the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup.
Official driver standings after 6 of 14 races
|6th||Jesse Van Kuijk||NED||ProAm||96|
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East 2019/20 Calendar
|Dates||Round/ Circuit||Number of Races|
|13th-14thDec, 2019||Round 1: Bahrain Int. Circuit, Bahrain||3|
|24th-25thJan, 2020||Round 2: Dubai Autodrome, Dubai||3|
|31stJan-1stFeb, 2020||Round 3: Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi||3|