The inaugural Formula 1 race weekend in Saudi Arabia will also bring a lot of great news and firsts for the Porsche Sprint Challenge Middle East.
- Supporting the first F1 event in Saudi Arabia
- Biggest grid ever of total 25 cars
- 8 local drivers from Saudi Arabia
- 150th race in the series history
The second event of this series in the 2021/2022 season after Bahrain in November sees the biggest grid ever – 25 cars will take part in the two official support races of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix at the completely new Jeddah track, 16 in the GT3 and 9 in the GT4 category.
There will also be a great show of local talent with eight drivers from Saudi Arabia and two from Bahrain representing the rising importance of motorsports in the region, giving the fans a lot of reasons to cheer for their local heroes.
Such a great event of course needs quite a lot of preparation, as Michael Schöch, General Manager of the series, states: "The logistics for such a big project already started three months ago, to ensure all cars and equipment will be on site in time. As a local and regional grown championship, we are proud to announce that season 13 is the biggest and most international ever, showing 10 different nations on the entry list.”
There will be a special reason to celebrate on Sunday, the 5th of December, as the second race in Jeddah will mark an impressive point for the series: It will be already the 150th race in the history of this most important and highest rated championship in the Middle East.
Robert Lechner (Head & Promoter):
“The Porsche Sprint Challenge Middle East is delighted to be a support race for the first ever Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. Both Lechner Racing and the championship have a strong history with the Kingdom and we are very thankful for that. We have had many Saudi drivers behind the wheel of our race cars in the past, including Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal as the first ever champion back in 2009/2010 – great lifetime memories!”
Walter Lechner (Technical Director):
“We will see the new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (992) and the Porsche Cayman 718 GT4 Clubsport racing wheel to wheel on the fastest street circuit in history – which also marks our first street circuit race ever in the region. For sure it will be an exciting event for all of our drivers and we are very proud to have more Saudi nationals racing than ever before. And of course, it is fantastic to be able to celebrate this great milestone, our 150th race with the biggest grid ever for our series!”