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Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East

December 08-09, 2017 Dubai / United Arab Emirates

Oliphant wins historic 100th race of Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East

Oman?s Al Faisal Al Zubair has claimed an outstanding victory in the first of two races at Dubai Autodrome this weekend in Round 2 of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East, as part of the UAE National Day series.

The race win is a huge achievement and highlights the rapid development of the rising star who is driving in only his second season in the region?s most professional championship. From pole position the Omani teenager secured victory with an accomplished and assured performance, for his second win in his series career.

Speaking after winning in Dubai, Al Faisal Al Zubair said: ?It?s been a great day for me today, we set some really quick times to secure pole position in qualifying, and had a great start in the race which allowed me to pull a gap ahead of Tom Oliphant and Charlie Frijns. Charlie managed to overtake me on the second corner but I took the position back immediately and then pulled away again. The result helps me to build on my hopes of winning the championship this season and is a huge step for me once again.

?I think that the fact that I came into this championship last season with no experience in the Porsche cup car, started in the silver category, and now I am winning races in the gold category speaks volumes and shows just how much drivers like myself can develop their racing careers. I?ve worked really hard over the summer, and I am determined to keep improving, and keep surprising myself and my team. We will of course go for the same results tomorrow and hope to make it a perfect weekend in Dubai!?

Tom Oliphant of Great Britain has won the 100th race of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East at the Dubai Autodrome as part of the UAE National Day series, with Oman?s Al Faisal Al Zubair second and Germany?s Wolfgang Triller third.

The landmark centennial race is the combined result of a special partnership between Porsche and Lechner Racing who committed to deliver the first and only professional motorsport series in region nearly a decade ago. The championship is credited with introducing the highest standards of racing to the Middle East as proven again today.
Victory by Oliphant in the second race of the weekend came by the tightest of margins. A mere 0.707 seconds separated Oliphant from regional hero Al Zubair following a colossal duel over 14 intense laps. It was the sweet revenge and a reversal of the previous day?s result. But it was never comfortable for Oliphant. He was forced to defend throughout as Al Zubair charged in the closing laps yet he held on for a cherished triumph.

Tom Oliphant said: ?I got a really good start today and managed to stay ahead into turn one. I knew the first couple of laps would be difficult but I was able to hold my position and start to pull a gap ahead of Al Faisal Al Zubair. As the race went on my tyres started to wear and Al Faisal closed the gap behind me and started to put the pressure on. We ended up side by side for 3 or 4 turns, touched slightly but kept it clean, it was really good racing. I was able to defend my position in the last lap and cross the line in first place.?

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