Quotes: US MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Al Qubaisi ready for major battle to complete Dunlop 24 hours of Dubai hat-trick  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN Press - 08/01/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN Press) Khaled Al Qubaisi says he is ready for the biggest test of his motor racing career as Team Abu Dhabi by Black Falcon look to complete a hat-trick of victories in the Dunlop 24 Hours of Dubai this weekend



Al Qubaisi shares the driving in the team's lead Mercedes AMG SLS GT3 with Germany's Bernd Schneider, Dutchman Jeroen Bleekemolen and Sweden's Andreas Simonsen,and the Emirati is under no illusions about the challenge they face at Dubai Autodrome



The ninth edition of the classic endurance race has attracted a powerful entry of 80 teams and 400 drivers from more than 40 contries, and Al Qubaisi recognises that a succession of world-class challengers lie betweenTeam Abu Dhabi by Black Falcon, which is supported by Abu Dhabi Racing, and a third successive triumph



"Winning this race once is extremely difficult, defending your title is even tougher, and winning it for the third year in a row is a huge challenge," said the UAE driver,Managing Director of Abu Dhabi Racing, who was joined at today's team press conference by Schneider, Bleekemolen, Simonsen and team manager Sean Breslin



"We're the team to beat. Everybody has come here to try and do that. It's very clear this time that we'll start as the outright favourites, and all eyes are on us.



Victory in last month's Gulf 12 Hours at Yas Marina Circuit, where Al Qubaisi shared the driving with Schneider and Bleekemolen, has increased the spotlight on Team Abu Dhabi by Black Falcon, while adding to Al Qubaisi's belief that they can win again in Dubai



"It's not going be a walk in the park," he said. "There are at least six teams that can win it, all with great cars and great driver line- ups. At the same time, many things can go wrong in a race like this. Another car can take you out, or your chances can be ruined by mechanical problems or a puncture.But we feel confident, especially after winning the Gulf 12 Hours. And if there are no surprises, we stand a very good chance of retaining our title.



The team's determination to succeed is heightened by their commitment to honour the memory of Sean Edwards, the talented British driver who was part of their winning team in Dubai for the last two years, but died tragically in a track day accident in Australia in October



Al Qubaisi, who went into the record books as the first Emirati to enjoy victory in the race as a team-mate of Edwards in 2012, said: "Sean had a lot to do with me being able to be part of that winning team, coaching me, giving me a lot of advice, preparing me physically and helping me with my diet



"It's hard to accept that he's not with us any more, but the memory of Sean makes us even more determined to win this time," he said. "We want to win it for him."



Like Al Qubaisi, two-times Porsche Supercup champion Bleekemolen is going for his third successive victory in the Dunlop 24 Hours of Dubai. Multiple German Touring Car (DTM) champion Schneider was a member of last year's winning team, while 2013 FIA GT Sprint Pro Am Champion Simonsen will be looking for his first victory with the team in Dubai



Qubaisi and Bleekemolen will each have stints in the team's two cars at the weekend, also supporting he second AMG SLS GT3 alongside Saudi Arabia's Prince Abdulaziz Bin Turki AlFaisal, German Hubert Haupt and Britain's Adam Christodoulou



About AL QUBAISI
AL QUBAISI

 


MENAFN Press




  MENA News Headlines
 Oct 23 2014 - Kuwait- Equates wins two regional sustainability awardsKuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) Kuwait's EQUATE Petrochemical Company has won two regional sustainability awards in recognition for its social responsibility and national cadres' skills ...

 Oct 23 2014 - Moroccan horse showThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Moroccan horsemen perform during the 7th edition of the "Salon du Cheval" (horse show) in the port city of El Jadida. ...

 Oct 23 2014 - Kuwaiti Jazeera Airways net profit up 22.6 percent in Q3MENAFN
(MENAFN) Kuwait-based Al Jazeera Airways group announced it has registered USD28 million in net profit for the July-September period of this year, an increase by 22.6 percent compared to the same ...

 Oct 23 2014 - Qatar- Lekhwiya defeat Al Wakra, Wolves heldThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Lekhwiya defeated Al Wakra 2-0 at their home ground here yesterday while Al Sadd were held 1-1 by Al Sailiya.Vadimir Weiss scored in the 68th minute for Lekhwiya and Ahmed ...

 Oct 23 2014 - Ooredoo Kuwait net profit falls by almost half in Q3MENAFN
(MENAFN) Ooredoo Kuwait, the country's No.3 telecom operator by subscribers, announced that its net profit fell by nearly half during the July-September period, Gulf Business reported.The ...

 Oct 23 2014 - Coach asks Qatar to give it all against DPR KoreaThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Qatar's coach Felix Sanchez Bas has called on his players to give their all one-last time ahead of today's AFC U-19 Championship final against three-time winners DPR Korea. ...

 Oct 23 2014 - Qatar- Handball: Doha gears up for Asian Club LeagueThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Defending champions Al Jaish - thanks to the draw - have managed to avoid a meeting with local opponents Lekhwiya and Al Gharafa in the group stage of the 17th Asian Clubs ...

 Oct 23 2014 - QIMC posts USD38.88m net profit in SeptemberMENAFN
(MENAFN) Qatar Industrial Manufacturing Company (QIMC) revealed the interim financial statements for the period ending in September 30, this year, QNA reported.The interim financial statements ...

 Oct 23 2014 - Qatar will deliver an impressive 2022 World Cup, says BrescianoThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Australian midfielder Mark Bresciano is confident that Qatar will deliver an 'impressive' World Cup eight years down the line.Bresciano, who has been playing for the last two ...

 Oct 23 2014 - Qatar- QP hosts team from Kuwait Oil CompanyThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Qatar Petroleum (QP) recently hosted a delegation from Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) who visited Qatar to gain insights on QP's marine activities and port operations.Mubarak ...

more...


 






Google

Click to Apply

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

IPO News
Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

US Markets Details

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Investment Game
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary

My MENAFN
Portfolio Tracker

Voting

Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2000 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help