PSC Al-Zubair and Al-Wahaibi impress in Silverstone qualifying
PORSCHE MOBIL 1 SUPER CUP
Round 4 – Silverstone, July 6-8, 2018
For immediate release
Saturday, July 7th, 2018
OMAN’S AL-ZUBAIR AND AL-WAHAIBI IMPRESS BY QUALIFYING
11TH AND 21st FOR PORSCHE MOBIL 1 SUPER CUP RACE AT SILVERSTONE
· Florian Latorre pips Michael Ammermüller to pole position at Silverstone
SILVERSTONE (ENGLAND): Oman’s Al-Faisal Al-Zubair and Khalid Al-Wahaibi impressed with their qualifying performances for the fourth round of the Porsche Mobil 1 Super Cup at the world famous Silverstone circuit on Saturday evening.
Al-Zubair of the Lechner Racing Team Middle East team recorded a fastest lap of 2min 04.296sec during his 10-lap qualifying stint on the 5.891km Northamptonshire circuit. That catapulted the Omani into an impressive 11th place on the grid, the youngster finding himself sandwiched between Austrian race winner Thomas Preining and Dino Zamperelli.
Al-Wahaibi took part in his first ever round of the Porsche Mobil 1 Super Cup last weekend in Spielberg and followed up his series debut with a solid qualifying performance that put him into 21st on the grid with a fastest lap of 2min 05.180sec.
Rookie Florian Latorre followed up his second fastest time in the training session to snatch an impressive pole position from series leader Michael Ammermüller with a fastest lap of 2min 03.636sec. Dylan Pereira qualified in third and Mattia Drudi was fourth.
Al-Zubair said: “It was a very good qualifying session for me, P11, on this tough grid with five guest drivers, including British drivers. It was a good job to qualify P11 and six-tenths off the fastest and we should be proud of that. I am very happy. Other than Monaco, this is the first qualifying that I am happy with. Race day is a different day. I think we have a really good set of used tyres for the race and we can push on from there.”
Al-Wahaibi, who celebrates his 18th birthday on Sunday, added: “It was definitely an improvement from Austria. However, I was not too happy with the lap and there was space for more improvement. On the first set (tyres), we didn’t put a lap together and that upset the rhythm. On the second set, the red flag came out and that completely ruined my chances of improving. It could have been quite a lot better.
“What happens, happens, and you have to live with it and you have to keep looking forward. Austria only has eight or nine corners, but Silverstone has many more and they are different types of corners. Some are really quick and you need to be able to manage them. Traffic was a huge problem after the red flag and everyone was stacking up into the last two corners to try and get the gap. I guess it’s good to have a birthday on race day but we will be focused on the race and the celebrations can happen afterwards, depending upon the result.”
Larry ten Voorde topped the times in the training session held on Friday evening, the Dutchman clocking a best lap of 2min 03.755sec to beat fellow rookie Florian Latorre by 0.065 seconds. Michael Ammermüller was third quickest and Mattia Drudi was fourth.
Al-Zubair ran for 16 laps and clocked a best time of 2min 04.931sec to slot into 17th of the 33 entrants. Al-Wahaibi ran for 16 laps, notched up a best run of 2min 05.863sec and was classified in 25th.
The race precedes the British Grand Prix at 10.25hrs on Sunday morning.
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