Al Faisal climbs to ninth after stew­ards’ de­ci­sion

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Mus­cat – FZ Rac­ing's Al Faisal al Zubair was the big­gest ben­e­fi­ciary of the stew­ards in­quiry into round six of the Porsche Mo­bil 1 Supercup at Hun­garor­ing cir­cuit in Bu­dapest, Hun­gary on Sun­day.

Fol­low­ing the in­quiry, Al Faisal, who com­petes for the Lech­ner Rac­ing Mid­dle East team, moved from 12th to ninth place. It was the first time that Al Faisal, who is mak­ing his de­but in the Supercup se­ries, has man­aged to break into the top ten.

Al Faisal started the sixth round race after qual­i­fy­ing at 12th spot, but dropped to 15th in the open­ing lap, after his 911 GT3 Cup car was hit by a ri­val.

By the fourth lap, Al Faisal was up to 14th and main­tained the track po­si­tion un­til the tenth lap, when he moved up a place fur­ther after MRS GT-Rac­ing’s Zaid Ashkanani’s re­tired.

Al Faisal soon made his way to the 12th spot and was bat­tling with guest driver Thomas Prein­ing for 11th, which he man­aged to take from the Porsche Ju­nior driver, in the 12th lap.

But Prein­ing re­gained the 11th po­si­tion on the penul­ti­mate lap, as Al Faisal de­spite record­ing his best re­sult in the rookie sea­son, fin­ished a mere 0.885s be­hind Prein­ing.

With Prein­ing not eli­gi­ble to score points, Al Faisal ef­fec­tively fin­ished 11th.

How­ever after the stew­ards en­quiry, post-race penal­ties led to the dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion of eighth­placed MRS Cup-Rac­ing’s Roar Lin­land, and time added to ten­th­placed Martinet by Alméras’ Steven Pal­ette and 11th-placed Prein­ing, which paved the way for Al Faisal to climb to ninth - the best re­sult so far for the Omani driver.

“I am very happy to hear the re­sults from Hun­gary race have been changed,” said Al Faisal. “In the race, I felt some of my ri­vals de­served the penal­ties for over-ag­gres­sive driv­ing, es­pe­cially at the start.”

“P9 out of 30 cars is an amaz­ing re­sult for me in my de­but Supercup sea­son. It is the first time I am in the top ten and that too in only the sixth race of the sea­son. I am pleased with the re­sult, which is much more than we ex­pected at the start of the sea­son.”

“I am get­ting stronger and stronger as the sea­son pro­gresses. Hope­fully, more of such re­sults will come my way in the last three rounds of the 2017 sea­son.”

The Porsche Mo­bil 1 Supercup rac­ing ac­tion re­sumes with a dou­ble-header at the iconic Spa-Fran­cor­champs cir­cuit in Bel­gium from Au­gust 25-27.

P9 out of 30 cars is an amaz­ing re­sult for me in my de­but Supercup sea­son

Al Faisal al Zubair

Al Faisal al Zubair in ac­tion at the Hun­garor­ing cir­cuit in Bu­dapest

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