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Al Nabooda Racing will not issue team orders in its bid to emerge as the dominant force in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East. Team manager Vijay Rao emphasised today that drivers Karim Al Azhari and Clemens Schmid will share equal billing in the 2012-13 GT3 Cup series and will not receive instructions to deviate from the normal practice of racing against each other.

“We have two No.1s, and we will not be looking to manipulate results,” said Rao, General Manager of Porsche Centre Dubai, Al Nabooda Automobiles. “Karim and Clemens share equal status as far as Al Nabooda Racing is concerned and they will both be racing to win, or finish as high as they can, in each race.

“We’re focused on team aims and objectives, and team orders won’t come into play. Of course, both drivers will be trying to win races, but the main aim is to end the season as the No.1 team and Karim and Clemens are committed to helping us achieve that objective.”

Abu Dhabi-born Al Azhari, who won five circuit racing titles with Al Nabooda Racing between 2005 and 2009, said: “As individual drivers, we both want to win races and of course we would both like to win the drivers title. But first priority is the team title and we’ll do whatever we can to bring that to Al Nabooda Racing.”

The 12-round Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East begins its fourth season on 16-17 November with the first of six race weekends taking place at Bahrain International Circuit. The two Al Nabooda Racing Porsche GT3 cars are being prepared and fine-tuned for the new season in Bahrain, and both Al Azhari and Schmid are eagerly looking forward to pre-season testing.


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