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Countdown to the championship goes to the final weekend as Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge heads to Bahrain

The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East, the leading one-make championship involving the region’s most promising drivers is set for a title showdown as the series heads to the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) for the final weekend of action in Rounds 11 and 12 on 22nd and 23rd March 2013.

The fourth edition of the series has been one of the closest fought in the history of the championship, with overall leader Clemens Schmid of Dubai’s Al Nabooda Racing producing two solid performances in Rounds 9 and 10 to establish a 10-point lead over Saudi Falcons Abdulaziz AlFaisal.

The young Austrian, with six stunning wins in a row is looking to seal his first series win at the Bahrain International Circuit by seeing off the challenge of his closest rival and reigning champion Abdulaziz.

Walter Lechner, Manager of Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East, said: “The fourth season of the championship has been out most exciting and competitive yet, filled with drama and passion throughout every round. It really is pure Porsche racing with the difference between positions all down to the drivers.

“After ten rounds of race action the titles for all categories are still in the balance and the drivers will once again go head to head for each point. Having started the series in Bahrain there is no better venue to return and decide the championship than on the F1 circuit at the original home of motorsport in the region, the Bahrain International Circuit.”

“It all comes down to this weekend. Schmid has certainly got the advantage and confidence at the moment with a 10-point lead. But AlFaisal won’t give up on the championship and will push all the way. There is a lot of stake for all the drivers through the grid with no room for error. But that’s the beauty of motorsport and Porsche GT3” added Lechner.

Having started the season in Bahrain, Schmid will be hoping for a repeat performance from the opening rounds to clinch his first title. The young Austrian won Rounds 1 and 2 at BIC, to set him on his way to winning eight of the ten rounds raced in the fourth season.

Last season saw Abdulaziz AlFaisal secure the title with two rounds to go, but AlFaisal now has to chase down Schmid if he is to win an unprecedented third championship. The Austrian has been in the form of his life and looks odds-on to win the title, but is taking nothing for granted.

Schmid said: “Qatar was perfect for me and the team. I wanted to go into the final weekend top of the table and stay ahead of Abdulaziz. I have a good lead but I’m taking nothing for granted. When racing you simply cant. I will have to keep composed and stay focused because I know AlFaisal doing everything he can to retain the title.”

Saudi Falcons AlFaisal added: “What has happened in the last ten rounds does not matter now. Everything comes down to the last two rounds and I will be pushing Schmid really hard. He is still a young driver and I will be looking to pile on the pressure and fight until it is impossible for me to win the trophy.”

The series moves to the Bahrain International Circuit hosting Rounds 11 and 12 on the 22nd and 23rd March 2013.

All reports on the previous season can be found in our archive.