2019 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup: Impressive Al Faisal qualifies seventh at Silverstone

Prior to the start of the fourth round of the 2019 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup at the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit in  Northamptonshire, England, Oman’s Al Faisal al Zubair had said that the track is one of his favourites. And Al Faisal showed his liking in clear terms as he came up with an impressive round during the qualifying session to finish seventh for the British round of the Supercup.

A closely-fought session saw the young member of the BWT Lechner Racing Team post a best lap of 2min 02.702sec during his seven-lap qualifying stint.

Turkey’s Ayhancan Güven with a time of 2min 02.288sec took the pole and Florian Latorre and Australia’s Jaxon Evans claimed the remaining podium positions.

Al-Faisal Al-Zubair

After the qualifying session, Al Faisal said, “I am very happy with this result - P7 after having no testing done at the circuit. I was one of the very few who did not test and this result is amazing for me. I am very happy as it came after Friday's practice where I had finished P19. From that position to P7, it is quite a good run. Now, I need to make sure I manage to get a good haul of points in the race.”

The 30-minute qualifying session took centre stage on Saturday evening with a field of 32 drivers taking part, including guest driver Chris Hoy from the world of Olympic track cycling.

Larry ten Voorde posted the early target time of 2min 02.658sec with Al Faisal climbed through the early field with an impressive opener of 2min 03.241sec to hold ninth but then slipped back to 15th.

Al Faisal pitted after four laps and held 15th position. However, the Omani returned to the circuit with nine minutes of the session remaining.

Al Faisal leapt up to fourth with a 2min 02.702sec run before dropping back to fifth. With less than three minutes of the session remaining, Güven stormed to the top of the

rankings with a lap of 2min 02.288sec with just over a minute to run. Al Faisal pitted and ran out of time to take another lap and settled for seventh place, as Güven claimed pole.

Al Faisal had earlier finished Friday opening practice session in 19th place with a best lap of 2min 04.564sec after running 18 tours of the circuit.

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