Round 9 and Round 10 of the 2014-2105 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East take place this weekend at Dubai Autodrome, where the stage is set for a championship showdown between two teams with roots firmly set in Dubai.

Al Nabooda Racing line up with Austrian Clemens Schmid and Ahmad Al Harthy from Oman, take on Emirati duo Sheikh Hasher Al Maktoum and Saeed Al Mehairi in the Skydive Dubai Falcon Racing Team squad. A mere eight points separate the two teams in the standings with Al Nabooda Racing ahead with 288 points.

A good weekend at Dubai Autodrome for either outfit will be vital, as the title battle is sure to go down to the final two rounds in Bahrain. With four points scoring rounds remaining any slip up will be costly, a fact that does not escape the contenders.

Sheikh Hasher said head of the double-header weekend, “From race one our goal has been to win the team title for Skydive Dubai. This remains the target and of course this weekend we are on home soil and both Saeed and I have to capitalise on this. It is important that we remain consistent and make no mistakes this weekend. As always we have a plan and that is to take maximum points in both races. It will be tough because Al Nabooda are a strong team who have more experience than us in these situations. But we remain focused and will do all we can to leave the Autodrome on Saturday evening leading the championship standings,” added Sheikh Hasher.

Former Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East champion Schmid is taking nothing for granted but is confident of a good result for not only his title ambitions but also that of his Al Nabooda team. “The plan is simple, to stay on top and win both races this weekend. We have had some good test sessions and we are feeling really good,” said Schmid. “Skydive Dubai have been very consistent and they have been very impressive. It’s going to be a tough challenge to come up against them, but I hope we can beat them.”

The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East is the highlight of what will be an action packed two days at Dubai Autodrome, in Motorcity. Also on the bill will be two rounds of the NGK Racing Series featuring UAE Clio Cup, along with championship rounds of the Radical Middle East Cup, Formula Gulf 1000 and UAE Sportbikes.

Races take place on Friday and Saturday, 27 and 28 February, with free entry for spectators who will have easy access to grandstands and a paddock packed with off-track entertainment.

Team Championship Standings:



Team Name




Al Nabooda Racing




SKY DIVE Dubai Falcons




BuZaid GT




ClassicArabia Racing




Team Bahrain




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