Successful pre-season test in France for Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing


Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing’s Khaled Al Qubaisi had an excellent official pre-season test, The Prologue, at Circuit Paul Ricard at Le Castellet in the south of France ahead of the first round of the FIA World Endurance Championship's (WEC), scheduled for next month.

The Prologue was the first opportunity for competitors, media and fans throughout the world to see 2016's WEC teams on track all together.

Of the 32 full season entries for the 2016 WEC, 29 were present at Circuit Paul Ricard for the five sessions of testing over two days, including a night session on March 25.

Following the successful official test behind the wheel of a Porsche 911 RSR, Al Qubaisi is staying at Circuit Paul Ricard for an additional two days of private testing.

Al Qubaisi, who has been successfully racing in the championship for the last two seasons with Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing, said:

The test went very well and I was able to get used to the car and new tires on the very first day and quickly get into the rhythm and pace.

I managed to do over 90 laps on the two days with both short and long runs. In addition, I also did two qualifying simulation runs, which also went very well.

We have now decided to stay on at the circuit for an additional two days for private testing ahead of the WEC season opener next month

It has been nearly four months since the last race in Bahrain and Al Qubaisi says it was a great feeling to be back behind the wheel of the Porsche 911 RSR.

Team leader Khaled Al Qubaisi is eager to return to WEC racing behind the wheel of a Porsche 911 RSR and this season will be partnered by two new drivers - Heinemeier Hansson of Denmark and American Patrick Long.

Silverstone in the United Kingdom will host the season opener on April 17, which will be a six-hour race

Abu Dhabi Racing Press Release