Two QMMF teams prepare for the Dubai 24 Hours of Endurance

The Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation (QMMF) has fielded two Qatari GT3 teams, Thuraya and Suhail, for the 18th endurance race of the Dubai 24 Hours, which kicks off on Saturday at Dubai Autodrome.
The two teams are backed by the Ministry of Sports and Youth, QMMF, Porsche Center Doha, Al Buraq Automotive Company and Lusail International Circuit. Thuraya’s team includes Abdulla al-Khelaifi, Ghanim al-Ali and Ibrahim Abdulghani, while Suhail consists of Abdullah al-Abbasi, Ibrahim al-Mannai and AbdulAziz al-Jabri. Both teams will compete in Porsche 911 cars in the GT3 Cup (992) and will also have two semi-pro drivers, Julian Hanes from Germany and Daniel Ros from Sweden, in their lineup.
After two hours of official free practice today, the field of 53 cars from 42 teams will contest 70 minutes of qualifying for the 24H Dubai Endurance. After late-night practice, the green flag for the race will fly at 3:00 pm tomorrow. Twenty-four hours of non-stop racing will come to an end when the checkered flag flies at 3:00 pm on Sunday.
A total of 226 different riders, including retired seven-time MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi, who will make his series debut, will be in action over the weekend. The Dubai Challenge is the second largest 24-hour racing series in the world, and is also the opening round of this year’s series that includes nine other global destinations.
Commenting on the participation of the two teams, QMMF President Abdulrahman bin Abdullatif al-Mannai said that the presence of six Qatari drivers in the 24-hour challenge represents an important step towards the spread and development of motorsport. in the country, in addition to preparing the participants. in renowned races of this caliber.
Al-Mannai also noted that the Qatari team’s participation in the series is part of QMMF’s efforts to prepare the drivers and help them qualify for the World Endurance Championship, which Qatar will host for six years from 2024. The series The six-hour endurance event will be organized by the federation and will take place at the Lusail International Circuit in conjunction with the International Motor Show. The QMMF president also noted that this will be the start of preparations for Qatari drivers to be able to represent Qatar in the World Championships. Al-Mannai thanked Porsche Center Doha and Al Buraq Automotive Company for their support of QMMF’s efforts, noting that this support contributes to achieving our future goals and aspirations.
Salman Jassim al-Darwish, President and CEO of Al Buraq Motors Company WLL, said: “Porsche has a rich sporting heritage in the field of motorsports with more than 30,000 victories at race fields around the world. He has been victorious in endurance races that require both the skill of the car and the skill of the driver.”
“Al Buraq Automotive Company, Doha Porsche Center takes this approach by supporting motorsports in Qatar and supporting young Qatari talent, due to its impact on developing and honing skills and enabling them to compete regionally and internationally. That is why we decided to participate in this race,” al-Darwish said.

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