Fahad Algosaibi from Saudi Arabia celebrated his fourth victory ever in the PSCME in the first race on Friday, ahead of Dutchman Lucas Groeneveld and German Richard Wagner.
Pro-Am class runner Algosaibi already came back as the leader from P4 on the grid at the end of the first lap, while the two front runners in qualifying, pole sitter Daan van Kuijk and his Dutch fellow countryman Morris Schuring were soon out of the race for victory. Schuring started an over-optimistic action, which ended in the two touching and himself having to retire and van Kuijk only finishing in P12.
The second race on Saturday saw a great comeback for Dutch youngster Schuring: The 16-year-old won in an impressive way ahead of an again very strong Fahrad Algosaibi and another Dutchman, Thierry Vermeulen. Schuring, who was fastest in qualifying with a great lap, the only one breaking the 2-minutes-threshold over the whole weekend with 1:59.992, had to start from P4 after a 3-place grid penalty for causing the collision with van Kuijk on Friday. But on Saturday he immediately took the lead at the start and extended his advantage to nearly five seconds until the chequered flag, keeping his championship hopes up with his fourth win of the season.
Algosaibi started from P3 on the grid, lost one place at the getaway, but with two nice overtakings made it back to the runner-up position, which kept him in the lead of the championship with 121.5 points, followed by Schuring with 109.5 with another two rounds to go at Abu Dhabi and Bahrain in February and March.
The two podium finishers of the first race, Groeneveld and Wagner, had an unfortunate coming together already on the first lap, with the German being immediately out of the race and the Dutchman dropping far back in the order and finally retiring with five laps to go.
Victory in the AM category went to Jan Dobber from the Netherlands in both races. Victory in the team classification again went to Saudi Racing as in the first two events, represented by Team Manager Paul Spooner.
The GT4 class was dominated by Saud al Saud from Saudi Arabia, who claimed both pole positions and also both victories, each time finishing ahead of Khaled Almahaidi, with Saud Abdulrahman being the third local on the GCC podium on Friday, but having to retire on Saturday. In the GT4-CE class Leo Willert from Austria won on Friday and finished second behind German Markus Sattler in the second race.
Robert Lechner, Head & Promoter
“Coming back to Dubai Autodrome for the third round of the Porsche Sprint Challenge Middle East was really exciting after missing out last year racing in the UAE due to the circumstances. Everyone in the whole team was very much looking forward to this return. Together with our partner Porsche Middle East & Africa, we organized a joined event with Porsche Experiences with an F1-style grid of 20 cars and local customers' events as a support program. Again we saw a lot of very close racing, and even before the first nine cars within half a second on qualifying for the second race showed what a strong driver line-up we have this year. Congratulations to all the winners and podium finishers in GT3 and GT4 and thanks to everyone in the whole team for the hard logistics work beforehand and a very professional job over the whole weekend.”