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Porsche GT3 CCME returns to Dubai Autodrome
January 04, 2018
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Dubai: The fierce competition between leading drivers at the top of the standings of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East (GT3CCME) Season 9 is expected to increase further, despite having entered a short winter break.

After four pulsating races of the twelve-race season Britain’s Tom Oliphant (96 pts) has opened up a six-point gap over emerging Omani star Al Faisal Al Zubair (90 pts) in the overall standings, with Charlie Frijns lying third (72pts).

The slender lead for Oliphant came courtesy of a historic victory in the landmark 100th race of the championship, held recently at the Dubai Autodrome.

Now drivers face a different challenge with a six-week break already underway at a pivotal time. The region’s first and only professional championship is set to return to action at the Dubai Autodrome on the Jan.26 and 27 2018.

For many who feature in the championship the annual break over new year poises an interesting dilemma and forces an important decision to be made.

Keep racing or rest and recharge?

As manager and founder of the series, Walter Lechner explained, deciding how to spend time now could play a part in determining the final outcome in the overall and category standings. Lechner said: “I imagine those with early momentum and holding onto strong positions in their categories will want to maintain their track time and focus. When confidence is high you want to keep it that way. Otherwise the break might offer too much time to think or could create doubt. Many of the drivers, such as Mohammed Al Saud and Wolfgang Triller, will look to overcome the gap by racing in the Dubai 24H race in mid-January.

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