Events: Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East returns for historic 10th Season

Events: Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East returns for historic 10th Season

The longest running and only regional motorsport series, with races in more than one country, is back for a milestone season. The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East (GT3CCME), managed by Lechner Racing on behalf of Porsche Middle East and Africa FZE since its inception in December 2009, has unveiled an action-packed 2018/19 calendar. The anniversary season sees several changes to its format, while continuing to hold its exhilarating championship finale as the official support race of the 2019 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix.

 

Such is the global reputation and growing appeal of the highly successful one-make series, the landmark tenth anniversary highlights its accomplishment of developing emerging, regional talent. Continuing this legacy, organisers Lechner Racing have reformatted the championship to add more action-packed racing into the rounds than ever before.

 

The new season of the longest-running, regional motorsport series consists of fifteen races over six weekends. Instead of just two, Rounds 1, 3 and 5 will now feature three action-packed races. The additions aim to test driver focus and endurance, while also making the fight for the title more difficult, with added points on offer to disrupt the championship table significantly.

 

Looking ahead to the historic season, Manager of the Porsche GT3CCME and Lechner Racing, Walter Lechner (senior), a veteran racing driver who started his own motorsport career more than four decades ago, commented: “Looking back over a decade at more than 100 races and 120 drivers, I am both proud and excited about what we’ve achieved and the opportunities ahead of us.

 

“The set-up of the series allows young, local talent to learn from and compete against international and veteran racers. This formula has helped us grow into one of the best motorsport series offered in the region and the only one racing in more than one country. I’m very proud of the success the team and the drivers have seen here in the Middle East and on European tarmac. Last year’s champion, Al Faisal Al Zubair of Oman, is a fine example of the results this championship has achieved. We welcome all racing enthusiasts from the region to contact us regardless of their experience, as we can provide guidance and coaching if and when required. The Porsche GT3CCME really is the pinnacle of racing in the in the Gulf and a breeding ground for regional talent who go on to compete at international level.”

 

Season 10 will open at Dubai Autodrome on 16th November, before moving to Bahrain International Circuit the following weekend. The championship will then head back to the UAE to test drivers at Yas Marina Circuit and again in Dubai, with the final decisive rounds in Bahrain. The season will conclude with an official support race to the 2019 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix in March 2019, the only regional racing series to do so.

 

Markus Peter, Marketing Director of Porsche Middle East and Africa FZE, said: “The tenth anniversary of the Porsche GT3CCME is a fantastic achievement and a testament to Walter Lechner’s passion for the sport and this region. Walter and his team have provided an authentic motorsport platform in the Middle East, significantly enriching the region’s sports culture for the past ten years. Through the GT3CCME many local racing talents have been and will continue to be prepared for international competition, whilst other contestants are able to enjoy the sport in a very competitive series under professional management. The diversity of drivers, from nationalities to age, experience to career aspirations, is proof of its popularity and showcases Lechner Racing’s ability to provide coaching and mentoring for all levels. We look forward to many more exciting races ahead.”

 

The series was the first and remains the only regional championship backed by a manufacturer in the Middle East. It gives official drivers access to the latest Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race car, the same model used for international motorsport editions, such as the Porsche Carrera Cup and the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, the official F1 support race.

 

Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East 2018/19 Calendar

Round 1: Dubai Autodrome, Dubai

Number of Races-3
16.-17.11.2018


Round 2: Bahrain Int. Circuit, Bahrain

Number of Races-2
30.11.-01.12.2018


Round 3: Dubai Autodrome, Dubai

Number of Races-3
25.-26.01.2019


Round 4: Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi

Number of Races-2
01.-02.02.2019


Round 5: Bahrain Int. Circuit, Bahrain

Number of Races-3
08.-09.03.2019


Round 6: Bahrain Int. Circuit, Bahrain

Number of Races-2
TBC 30.-31.03.2019

 

-END-

facebook feed

Comments Box SVG iconsUsed for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons

1 hr ago

F1

A mini-epic 🍿Alex Albon and Arthur Leclerc fight for P4 in the closing laps of Sunday's Virtual Monaco Grand Prix 👏 ... See Less

Comment on Facebook

Gutierrez ruined the race outcome. I expect that kinda bumper cars from nascar. I’d why I quit that series. Altho it sounds like it pleased some folks. Well, there’s always the real thing, and bikes. flat track, moto, and. Enduro’s. Something for everybody. Hope the next one is cleaner.

More exiting than real F1.. says enough!

Glad they made titanium front wings and sidepods.

Never seen such racing in Monaco.

Good old Karting move 👍

Turn on damages. What a mess it look like kids driving today ...

He went through where Max couldn't get past Hamilton last season

Gutierrez is the Pagenaud of F1

It looks fake and it is...multiple collisions, no damage, no nothing. It’s just not interesting.

Turn on the damage

100% Prost v Senna

Súper real los golpes que se dan y siguen como si nada...👏🏼👏🏼

Isso pq vcs não viram o que fizeram em romrom17 .com hilariante!

Walter

Kieron Carey

Guillaume Thonon

Hahahah cardíaco

Kamran Abbasov

🔥

Sérgio Martins

Ian

Ross Grant🤯

View more comments

2 hrs ago

F1

Charles Leclerc was a bit GUTted! 😮 ... See Less

Comment on Facebook

Bad luck for Charles on that point. Two years ago breaks failure and now this😂

Not watched this rubbish. They need to do a kind of battle royale style event where everyone has damage on, except kyviat and the last person to be torpedoed wins.

No damage... It's just a laugh that you need the settings for 5 year olds...

Honestly what Esteban today did was dirty... unacceptable, was watching Marcel Kiefer's stream and he was raging and swearing!

Why are some people so angry on this thread because wheels didn't fly off a virtual car? Lockdown really hitting hard 😂

These clips only remind me how barren my life is without F1 lol. I can't find any enthusiasm for these Mario Kart races.

Alright, it's funny if everyone agrees to go full Mario Kart mode. Not if a couple decides to torpedoe everyone while the rest is actually trying ro race. Either implement some set of rules or just switch to Mario Kart for this series. It was funny, now it's just ridiculous.

What no damage. That the whole point of f1

Leclerc and Monaco is just not a good combination.

What a load of sh*te this is honest. May as well watch them all playing mario cart. Utterly pointless.

Gustavo Gradvohl, você é o único sobrinho de quem não tenho o número do celular Whatsapp e gostaria de ter o teu levando em consideração que o meu celular Whatsapp é 55 85 991058974 até porque terei o maior prazer.

Here for all the ItS nOt ReAlIsTiC comments. No kidding, it's a video game.

it was the worst virtual gp please turn on damage

Can we get a full contact death match mode with weapons please? Please!

also Esteban seems to be like five years child who chrashing into everything

Sure it wasnt Sebastian driving for him?

They really need to mount guns and oil slicks and mix things up. 😜

Wow he even crash in virtual race.

Might as well stream Mario Kart instead of this lol

N'importe quoi et croire que les gens regardent ça . Je suis très fan et je regarde autant de grand prix que possible mais a regarder des gamins joué Dsl

Black flag for Gutierrez, no wait, he has the car of Hamilton! It's all OK 😂

Mercedes involved in someone else crashing and no penalty where have we seen that before

It’s just a battering course. Pathetic. If that was a normal online game you’d be fuming

It's not only boring, it has nothing to do with Formula One... You can also watch the autoscooter

Is this for adults too ? Leclerc crashes on video games too ? F1 future is doomed 🤣

View more comments

5 hrs ago

MotoGP

An emotional day for all involved as Tatsuki Suzuki handed SIC 58 Squadra CORSE victory at the circuit named after the late Marco Simoncelli ❤️

Relive the highlights from the #SanMarinoGP! 🇸🇲
... See Less

Comment on Facebook

What an emotional race. Amazing.

en ik ook

Dominik Leder

Fatima Benard segundo 35 cuando voy conduciendo y me envías un mensaje

Ricardo Blokzijl Nathalie Blokzijl, dat weekendje gaat jammer genoeg dit jaar niet door

View more comments

6 hrs ago

24H Series

Yesterday during the 12H MONZA, Munckhof Racing powered by No Fear Energy Drink and Ciceley Motorsport side by side during the race! 🏎️💥

#thisisendurance #24hseries #24hseries2020 #motorsport #12hmonza #racing #iracing #esports
... See Less

Yesterday during the 12H MONZA, Munckhof Racing powered by No Fear Energy Drink and Ciceley Motorsport side by side during the race! 🏎️💥

#thisisendurance #24HSERIES #24HSERIES2020 #motorsport #12HMONZA #racing #iracing #esports

6 hrs ago

MotoGP

How does Valentino Rossi VR46 Official describe himself? 🤔
Does he like pineapple on a pizza? 🍍🍕
What's his favourite #MotoMonster Energy Yamaha MotoGPhis and more about the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP rider in our Quick Fire questions ⁉️
... See Less

Comment on Facebook

Pizza with mayonnaise makes perfect choices… l love it too😁 You look awesome👍 Good luck there.👊💯

Gotta love that guy! 🤣 what if your cat finds out about that dog mishap?? 🙈 Also: pineapple on pizza is THE BEST! I’m sorry but it’s true 😝

FFS!! Enough of the fan-boy shite MotoGP!! 🤬 Let's see something about other riders. You have 82 others to choose from!

Always smiling our Vale !! and of course optimistic. I love him 🥰. I hope to see you soon on the track. 😉

Optimistic in 2018 to enjoying my soft pizza from bridgestone with mayonaise in the beach at sunset with coffee and gain cardio of my dogs just to funny 😆😆✌️

Vale you are really Amazing!!!! Good luck!!! We Love ❤💛 YOU!!!!

My Boy, and no pineapple, I'm allergic. XX

Only you were allowed to switch the tyres from Michelin to Bridgestone.. What a shame!

Maybe they should do this for all the riders????

Mayonnaise on a pizza? In Italy? It must be an Uccio thing, there's no other explanation... 🤣🤣🤣

Hahahaha "forbidden." #pineappledoesnotbelongonpizza

T-shirt salesman

I love this guy...

Pizza with mayonnaise??????

Hello mester Rossi we miss you, Go go go

The God of motogp

Ah Vale!.. la pizza con la maionese proprio non si può sentire!!!!😱😱😱😱😱

Give it a rest.......... 💤💤💤💤

Legend. Forza

I love the guy

Holly Jasmine Rudd my absolute hero 👍👍👍👌 such a funny guy 👍👍

RETIRE already!!!!!!!!

Jamais de sous titre sur vos vidéos sa commence à être lourd

Gracias por ser quien eres

Franco Bello

View more comments

Load more