Monday, December 05, 2022 | Jumada al-ula 10, 1444 H
clear sky
22°C / 22°C

Al Faisal-Schiller clinch top honours in race 1 in Barcelona

No Image

Muscat – The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya

motorsport race track in Montmeló, Barcelona,

seems to be a happy hunting ground for Oman’s

talented racer Al Faisal al Zubair.

On Saturday, the Omani teamed up with German

Fabian Schiller to claim the top honours in race one

in the final round of the 2022 International GT Open

Series in their Mercedes AMG car.

Racing for GetSpeed Performance team as a guest

entry in the Pro category, the victory of Al Faisal and

Schiller meant that the fight for the overall title

between regular participants moves to the final

race of the series later on Sunday.

Al Faisal had competed in the International GT Open

last year and finished a creditable third overall with

a runner-up finish at the same venue in the final

round, but in a different car, Porsche.

Al Faisal recently concluded his maiden

participation season in the 2022 Fanatec GT

World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS –

Endurance Cup.

Al Faisal Al Zubair, teammate Fabian Schiller and

Zimbabwe’s Axcil Jeffries rounded off their first

season together in the Fanatec GT World Challenge

Europe Powered by AWS – Endurance Cup by

finishing in fourth place in the Silver Cup category at

the season’s finale in Barcelona. The result also

confirmed that the Al Manar Racing trio finished

fourth in the final Silver Cup Drivers’ Championship.

On Saturday, GetSpeed Performance for Al Faisal Al

Zubair-Fabian Schiller, who took the pole and

dominated the race despite the 10-second handicap

for first appearance in the closing round.

They beat the Dinamic Motorsport Porsche 911R of

Riccardo Cazzaniga-Klaus Bachler with the Oregon

Team Lamborghini of Benja Hites-Leo Pulcini third.

The championship leaders, Hites-Pulcini, made a

little step forward, as most direct rivals, Nick Moss-

Joe Osborne (Optimum Motorsport McLaren)

finished fifth. They are now separated by five net

points only.

Speaking after the strong victory, Al Faisal said:

“Honestly, what a way to start a weekend. A perfect

race, starting with the practice round and then a

pole with Schiller on the wheels.

“We were quite confident going into the race after

the strong display in practice and qualifying


Al Faisal added: “During the race, Schiller

maintained his dominance and came into the pits as

a leader. With 35 minutes to go, I completed the

race, keeping a good lead over the nearest rivals,

Riccardo Cazzaniga-Klaus Bachler in Porsche.

“So far, we had a great round and we hope to finish

off with a nice display on Sunday.”

At the start, Schiller keeps the advantage ahead of

Pulcini as Osborne jumped to third ahead early.

With a car going into the gravel in turn 10, safety

car came out. After the restart, in lap five, positions

remain unchanged at the top, with Schiller taking a

four-second advantage on Pulcini.

Safety car was back at the end of lap 10, as two cars

crashed. The race was restarted two laps later and

the pit stop window in lap 14 had Schiller in lead.

Al Faisal took over and despite a couple of stops,

finished the race as comfortable winner, seven

seconds ahead of Bachler and nine seconds on


Earlier, in the qualifying, there was delay with the

start due to fog. But that was no issue for Fabian

Schiller. The fast German driver, on a guest

appearance with Al Faisal Al Zubair in one of the

Mercedes AMG of GetSpeed, took pole, setting a

time of 1.43.811.

“It’s been a perfect weekend so far’, Schiller said.

“The team has given us a car that goes perfectly on

this very nice track and we’ll see what happens

later,” he added.

Schiller’s only rivals for the pole were his GetSpeed

teammate Sébastian Baud and championship co-

leader Leonardo Pulcini in Lamborghini, who both

were provisionally in pole during the session.

Eventually, Pulcini took second, only 0s130 behind,

while the other GetSpeed Mercedes was third,

0s338 behind.

arrow up
home icon