The 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship season enters its final chapter with the 8th round taking place in Bahrain this weekend. Making his debut for Team Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing in Bahrain will be Italian driver Marco Mapelli. The team will be aiming for a top spot on the podium aboard the number 88 Porsche 911 RSR in the LMGTE Am category.
For the second time since 2012 the Kingdom of Bahrain is hosting the FIA World Endurance Championship’s season finale. Situated in the desert, the impressive Bahrain International Circuit provides the challenge of a sandy and sometimes slippery track surface as well as racing into the night as the sun sets over the Arabian Gulf. The track surface and heat make Bahrain demanding for the drivers especially in the Porsche RSR.
Commenting on the upcoming race, Al Qubaisi said:
First I would like to welcome Marco [Mapelli] to the team; he is a very talented driver and has raced before in the European Le Mans Series with team Proton Competition so he has experience with the RSR. I think together we can get a great result in Bahrain.
We had a tough race last year in Bahrain finishing 4th in class. This year the challenge will be finding a way to manage the tires till the end of the race. The track is very aggressive with low grip so getting the traction we need will be a challenge particularly as Porsche engines are in the rear. However we will try to improve on last year result and end the season on a good note.
Abu Dhabi Racing Press Release