Al Faisal fin­ishes 12th to claim cru­cial points

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Mus­cat - Oman’s Al Faisal al Zubair con­tin­ued his rapid rise through the rookie ranks in the Porsche Mo­bil 1 Supercup with a solid 12th po­si­tion and an­other hand­ful of points in the sixth round of the se­ries at the Hun­garor­ing For­mula One cir­cuit in Mo­gy­orod, Hun­gary, on Sun­day.

The Lech­ner Rac­ing Mid­dle East team driver started the race in 12th place and then had to make his way back from 14th po­si­tion to even­tu­ally reach the che­quered flag in his pole-start­ing po­si­tion.

Vic­tory on the 4.381km cir­cuit went to Ger­many’s Michael Am­mer­müller, who ex­tended his se­ries lead with a fourth max­i­mum points’ haul of the sea­son. Den­nis Olsen passed Dan Cam­mish to claim sec­ond.

Al Faisal was later told that he scored points for 11th spot, as a driver ahead was not reg­is­tered for the se­ries. It was yet an­other su­perb ef­fort from Al Faisal, who is mak­ing his de­but in the Supercup sea­son.

“I made a good start but then, in turn two, one of the driv­ers hit me and I dropped a few po­si­tions and had to come back to fin­ish in P12,” said FZ Rac­ing’s Al Faisal.

“Maybe some other driv­ers could get penal­ties, but I was happy with the way it went.”

Cam­mish started strongly and man­aged to pass Am­mer­müller to take the lead, with Robert Lukas in third and Olsen in fourth. Al Faisal held 14th through lap three af­ter his ear­lier col­li­sion, but Chris Bauer, Tom Sharp and Sean Hud­speth stopped and Ryan Cullen re­tired.

Olsen man­aged to pass Lukas and snatch third place and the lead­ing group held sta­tion into lap six with Al Faisal slot­ted into 14th.

Am­mer­müller man­aged to re­gain the ad­van­tage from Cam­mish head­ing into lap eight, as Olsen and Lukas fol­lowed and Al Faisal re­tained 14th place.

Zaid Ashkanani re­tired af­ter a col­li­sion at turn two and Al Faisal climbed to 13th. In the front, Cam­mish started to feel the pres­sure from Olsen for sec­ond place.

By lap 12, the Omani teenager had man­aged to climb an­other po­si­tion to hold 12th and then got ahead of Thomas Prein­ing to snatch 11th.

Am­mer­müller held on to claim his fourth win of the sea­son and in­crease his cham­pi­onship lead, as Olsen and Cam­mish fin­ished sec­ond and third. Prein­ing re­gained his 11th po­si­tion to push Al Faisal to 12th on the penul­ti­mate lap.

The next round re­sumes at Spa in Bel­gium on Au­gust 25-27 with test ses­sion ahead of the race in Monza, Italy.

Al Faisal al Zubair drives dur­ing the sixth round of Porsche Mo­bil 1 Supercup at the Hun­garor­ing cir­cuit on Sun­day

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