Al Faisal to start at 12th place

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Mus­cat - Oman’s Al Faisal al Zubair achieved an­other de­cent qual­i­fy­ing per­for­mance for the sixth round of the Porsche Mo­bil 1 Supercup in hot, dry con­di­tions at the Hun­garor­ing cir­cuit in Mo­gy­orod, Hun­gary, on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

The Lech­ner Rac­ing Mid­dle East team driver will line-up for Sun­day’s race in 12th po­si­tion among the 30 en­trants, af­ter a qual­i­fy­ing ses­sion on the 4.381km cir­cuit that was won by Ger­many’s Michael Am­mer­müller with a late lap of one minute 46.926 sec­onds.

Al Faisal man­aged to bag a 12th place with a lap of 1m:47.915s with just two min­utes of the fran­tic ses­sion re­main­ing. The Omani teenager ini­tially held eighth spot af­ter the first ten min­utes of the half-hour ses­sion with a lap of 1m:48.374s.

How­ever, he pit­ted for a tyre change af­ter four laps to slip out of the top ten. The ma­jor­ity of the field re­mained in the pits un­til the fi­nal nine min­utes, as Daniel Cam­mish re­tained pro­vi­sional pole for the first time with a lap of 1m:47.370s.

“It was re­ally good to­day,” said an up­beat FZ Rac­ing’s Al Faisal. “I think we man­aged the tyres well to get the lap time and the po­si­tion was good. On one of the laps I went a bit off,

Al Faisal al Zubair

but the lap af­ter­wards was okay and faster and I am very sat­is­fied with the 12th po­si­tion.”

Matt Camp­bell moved into sec­ond place with a time of 1m:47.460s with five min­utes re­main­ing and both he and Cam­mish im­proved still fur­ther. But their times were eclipsed by Am­mer­müller, who surged to the top of the leader board with a time of 1m:47.022s and then clocked faster time to claim his sec­ond pole of the sea­son.

Am­mer­müller was the pace­set­ter in Fri­day’s free prac­tice ses­sion, the Ger­man card­ing a fastest lap of 1m:48.051s, but the rev­e­la­tion of the stint was Al Faisal.

The Omani rookie mixed it with the lead­ing group and set the sixth quick­est lap of 1m:48.700s dur­ing his 19-lap on the cir­cuit – a mere 0.649 sec­onds off his team-mate’s fastest time.

It was re­ally good to­day. I think we man­aged the tyres well to get the lap time and the po­si­tion was good

Al Faisal al Zubair

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