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December 3, 2018  

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Saul Hack sets sights on Bahrain following successful opening race in Porsche BWT GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East Season 10


Saul Hack emerged as one of the drivers to watch in Season 10 of the Porsche BWT GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East following a promising opening weekend of racing at the Dubai Autodrome, and now the young driver is setting his sights on Bahrain for Round 2 this weekend.

In Round 1, The local driver secured three wins from three races in the Pro-am category, showcasing great race pace throughout the weekend with some aggressive and well-poised driving. Hoping to take the same form into Round 2 in Bahrain, the South African will be looking to take pole yet again in the Pro-am category while continuing to challenge the race leaders higher up the grid.

Looking ahead to Bahrain, Hack said: "After not being in the GT3 Cup Car since the last race of Season 9 in April, I was very happy to be back racing in Season 10 and felt really comfortable with the car towards the end of the Round 1 in Dubai, with my fastest qualifying time putting me 6th and just 0.6s from pole position. I'm aiming to take that form into Bahrain where I'll be racing on one of the best tracks in the region against some of the most talented drivers in the world. I go into the next race full of confidence and am excited to get behind the wheel again."

17 cars representing 13 different nations will line up again in Bahrain to continue facing the toughest test ever set by the most successful one-make racing series in the Middle East. For the first time in its history, the series will run three races over two days. The new format was introduced to push drivers to their limits more often and offer even more excitement for fans. And so far, it's certainly delivering on every level.

At the end of an enthralling opening round and the first three races in the newly extended 16- race season, Al Zubair (73 pts) has a slender lead of 2 points over current Porsche Carrera Cup GB champion Tio Ellinas (71 pts) of Cyprus and Michael De Quesada (54 pts) of the United States of America third in the overall standings.

At the completion of the opening round, only 7 points separate De Quesada, third in the overall driver standings, and sixth position, Hack, proving the strength and depth of field in Season 10.

Following Bahrain, the most professional championship in the Middle East will return to the Dubai Autodrome followed by Yas Marian Circuit, 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.

Championship Calendar - Season 10

Dates    Round/ Circuit    Number of Races

  • 07-08.12.2018    Round 2: Bahrain Int. Circuit, Bahrain    3
  • 25-26.01.2019    Round 3: Dubai Autodrome, Dubai    3
  • 01-02.02.2019    Round 4: Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi    2
  • 08-09.03.2019    Round 5: Bahrain Int. Circuit, Bahrain    3
  • 30.-31.03.2019    Round 6: Bahrain Int. Circuit, Bahrain    2


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