WEC: Al Qubaisi relishes prospect of racing at home
Abu Dhabi, November 12th, 2014 – Khaled Al Qubaisi of Proton Competition, the Emirates Global Aluminium and Abu Dhabi Racing-backed team, is relishing the prospect of racing in the region when the penultimate round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) gets under way in Bahrain on November 15.
The team, competing in class LMGTE Am, is led by Abu Dhabi resident Al Qubaisi with German Christian Reid and Klaus Bachler of Austria also doing driving duties at the 6 Hours of Bahrain at Sakhir International Circuit behind the wheel of a Porsche 911 RSR.
Al Qubaisi is optimistic at achieving a good result in what he terms as his ‘home race’ and the primary goal will be to secure maximum points to safeguard the team and drivers’ positions on the points table.
Currently, Proton Competition is third overall in class, a clear 11 points over their fourth-placed opponents and 26 points behind a second place on the podium.
Similarly, in the drivers’ standings Al Qubaisi is fourth; just three points away from moving up to third on the podium, and a good finish in Bahrain would not only protect the team’s third place but may well propel the Abu Dhabi resident into podium contention in the drivers’ standings on his debut season in the championship.
Speaking about the Bahrain round, Al Qubaisi said: “Being an Arab in the championship, any Arab country would be just like my home [UAE] race. I have raced in Bahrain before, some three years back. But I am nevertheless optimistic as the track is still the same; just need to get the feel of it again which should happen during practice.”
Having raced on the Sakhir track before, Al Qubaisi is well aware of the challenges that lie ahead, and explained: “Yes, it will be very challenging in Bahrain, especially with tyre degradation. It will be very important how we manage our tyres on Sakhir; that will be the key to success in Bahrain. Hopefully, we will get our strategy right.”
The penultimate round will see 27 cars take the start line while the final round of the season will take place in Sao Paolo in Brazil on November 30.
WEC 6 Hours of Bahrain – Schedule:
Thursday November 13: Free Practice 1 at 16:15 (UAE time)
Thursday November 13: Free Practice 2 at 20:30 (UAE time)
Friday November 14: Free Practice 3 at 12:10 (UAE time)
Friday November 14: Qualifying Practice at 18:00 (UAE time)
Saturday November 15: Race start at 16:00 ends 22:00 (UAE time)