Al Nabooda Racing makes history in GT3 Cup

Al Nabooda Racing has capped a perfect season with a perfect team performance in the 2012/13 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East, bringing the inaugural Team Championship title to Dubai.

With the final 11th and 12th rounds taking place at Bahrain International Circuit last weekend, all team-mates Karim Al Azhari and Clemens Schmid had to do was avoid a major catastrophe to keep their title hopes alive.

But both drivers showed why they have remained on top of the team standings since the opening two rounds at the same circuit back in October last year, with each scoring emphatic victories over the final weekend.

There was no stopping Schmid in Round 11, who scored his seventh consecutive victory by a comfortable 12.8 seconds, while Al Azari was rewarded for the key role he played in the team’s overall success in the GT3 Cup this season, winning the final round of what was an ultimate season for the duo.

“This is the first time the Porsche GT3 Cup Championship Middle East has had a Team Championship division, and I am absolutely ecstatic to win the inaugural title for Al Nabooda Racing,” said Al Azhari.

“This was my first full season in the GT3 Cup and I have subsequently learnt a lot of new detail about the car. My progress was faster than I had expected, and to win the last round far exceeded my own personal expectations. The competition has been so tough all season.”

“We will enjoy this victory for a long time and we look forward to next season in the new 911 GT3 Cup car. Everyone will be starting from scratch, and hopefully we can use our skill and experience to stay on top again.”

In addition to bringing to Dubai the inaugural Team Championship crown of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East, Al Nabooda Automobiles also scored victory in the individual drivers’ championship, with Schmid (276pts) overcoming the Saudi Falcons reigning champion Abdulaziz Al Faisal (262pts).

Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East 2012/13, Team Championship

  1. Al Nabooda Racing          500pts
  2. Saudi Falcons                 459pts
  3. Team Bahrain                372pts
  4. Frijns Structural Steel ME  235pts
  5. Qatar Gebhardt GT          56pts
Captions

1. Karim Al Azhari and Clemens Schmid – making history in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East.

2. Karim Al Azhari – a vital role in the success of Al Nabooda Racing.

3. Clemens Schmid – winner of the drivers’ crown.

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