Al Nabooda Racing have set their sights on another double championship triumph in the
Schmid won seven of the 12 rounds in the 2012-13 campaign on his way to capturing the drivers’ crown, while Al Azhari finished third overall as the pair combined to bring the team title in the Middle East’s top circuit racing series to Dubai for the first time.
The two drivers will take the wheel of identical brand new 2014
“We’re delighted to be able to partner Clemens and Karim in our team for 2013-14, and look forward to what we hope will be another tremendously successful season in the
“When we established Al Nabooda Racing eight years ago, we were showing our commitment as the largest single
“Our decision to enter a two-car team in the
Vijay Rao, Team Manager and General Manager,
“To secure a team championship you need drivers capable of winning races, and both Clemens and Karim were up to the task. They showed that they are both great drivers in their own right, while they were always prepared to put the team first.”
“Our success last season has made us hungry for more, but we won’t be taking anything for granted and must work even harder this time to get the results we want.”
Al Azhari secured his first GT3 Cup win in the final round in Bahrain last season. He will be building on a highly successful partnership with Al Nabooda Racing, which saw him win the Gulf Radical Championship in 2005 and 2006, followed by successive UAE GT racing titles in 2007 and 2008.
He said: “Last season was a fantastic one for the team, and I thoroughly enjoyed partnering Clemens in Al Nabooda Racing colours. It was a big thrill to win the team championship, and to get my first race victory in the series, and I was very happy for Clemens as he was the outstanding driver and fully deserved his title.
“I have a very close relationship with Al Nabooda Automobiles and I’m grateful again for the chance to compete for Al Nabooda Racing at the Middle East’s top race circuits in the fantastic
“Clemens and I receive tremendous support from the team to get the cars right for each race, and to get the best out of each other. We’re now looking forward to more success with the team. It will be anything but easy to repeat what we did last season though, as the GT3 Cup series has proved itself to be the best, and the toughest, in the Middle East, and standards keep rising.”
Schmid, who has gained more experience in recent months in the
“We were able to help each other a lot, and of course I was very happy to win the drivers’ title. Naturally, I’d like to do that again, but the priority once more is to repay Al Nabooda Racing for its trust and support by retaining the team championship. The level of competition will probably go up a gear again this season, so it will be more difficult to win, and we’ll work as hard as possible to get the right results for the team.”