Clemens Schmid drives back to the front to win Race 2 at Dubai Autodrome
DUBAI // Al Nabooda Racing’s Clemens Schmid made up for Friday’s awful start when he shot off the mark on Saturday to win Race 2 of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East at the Dubai Autodrome.
In Race 1 on Friday, Schmid qualified on the pole but he finished fifth after a sluggish start.
This time there were no such problems as he bolted off the line from second position on the starting grid and overtook defending champion Zaid Ashkanani of Kuwait. Schmid held onto his lead to register his third win in four races. Ashkanani finished second, ahead of Emirati driver Sheikh Hasher Al Maktoum of Skydive Dubai Falcons, the latter’s second podium finish of the weekend.
Schmidt won over Ashkanani by 0.586 seconds.
“It definitely wasn’t an easy race, although I had a good start and got out in front,” he said. “Leading from the front can often be difficult, as the there is no room for error and Zaid was right behind me the whole way. After yesterday’s disappointing results, I was keen to do better, but I was pushed all the way by the competition.
“Obviously, I’m delighted to get the win in front of the home fans and secure those crucial points for myself and the team. It’s a great end to a great weekend of racing.”
Skydive Dubai had a weekend of mixed fortunes, having secured their first victory in the series on Friday through the UAE’s Saeed Al Mehairi.
Yesterday, he finished fifth.
Sheikh Hasher grabbed third in both races.
“It’s definitely been one of our best weekends,” Sheikh Hasher said. “Saeed didn’t do as well today as yesterday, but overall, we are happy and I am very happy to have secured a podium in each race.
“Now we have a few weeks to rest and recover from the weekends and come out with all cylinders firing in Qatar next month.”
Following a winter break, the series moves to Losail International Circuit Autodrome near Doha for Round 3, set for January 23 and 24.
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Published: December 6, 2014 04:00 AM