A YOUNG CHAM­PION IN THE MAK­ING: LECH­NER

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS - Ashok Puro­hit

He is widely re­garded as a gi­ant in the world of mo­tor­sports. Wal­ter Lech­ner, the founder of Lech­ner Rac­ing Team, is a well-re­spected and pop­u­lar per­son­al­ity, whose dis­ci­ples have gone on to be­come some of the world's most pow­er­ful names in mo­tor­sports.

Lech­ner, who has been im­pressed by Al Faisal al Zubair, since last year, and pro­vided the Omani the break into the Porsche Mo­bil 1 Su­per Cup, is sat­is­fied with the progress made by Al Faisal in his de­but sea­son.

Speak­ing to Mus­cat Daily, Lech­ner said, “It was a sat­is­fy­ing per­for­mance by Al Faisal as he man­aged to fin­ish all the races. It was quite im­por­tant for him to learn the craft of fin­ish­ing races and not get­ting shunted out in crashes.

“He has adapted well and with his tal­ent he should be vy­ing for the ti­tle in the Mid­dle East Chal­lenge this sea­son. A top-three fin­ish will be a per­fect spring­board for him to com­pete in next year's Porsche Mo­bil 1 Su­per Cup and Porsche Car­rera Cup in Ger­many.”

The ex­pe­ri­enced Aus­trian is cred­ited to have brought the Porsche GT3 Cup Chal­lenge Mid­dle East Se­ries to the re­gion in 2005.

He said that Al Faisal has the cre­den­tials to be a cham­pion in the fu­ture and af­ter a cou­ple of years, he could be­come a works driver. “His pro­gres­sion over the past 18 months has been very good and I see in him a young cham­pion in the mak­ing as he is a quick learner,” said Lech­ner.

Wal­ter Lech­ner

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