grandmother – Prince Khaled bin Sultan Al-Abdullah Al-Faisal, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Saudi Arabian Motorsports Federation (SAMF) and President of the Saudi Motorsports Company, welcomed the elite drivers and teams participating in the final round of the FIA over two days. The 2022 Auto Cup Series kicks off later on Saturday at the Jeddah Corniche circuit.
And Prince Khaled confirmed during the press conference for drivers and teams, which was held on Friday evening at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit, that the Kingdom’s hosting of the FIA WTCR 2022 series is a strong addition to its growing portfolio in hosting the largest motorsports event.
The Kingdom has hosted Formula 1, Dakar Rally, Formula E and Extreme E.
Prince Khaled indicated his confidence in the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency team, which is made up of the Kingdom’s youth, to present an event that would be a catalyst for continuing the distinguished march in hosting international sporting events.
He wished success to all participants, especially the Saudi driver Ahmed bin Khaneen, who is the first Saudi driver to participate in this global series.
The press conference was held in the presence of Jean-Baptiste Ley, Director of the World Touring Car Series at Discovery Sports, drivers, team representatives and international media.
For his part, Lee valued the efforts of the Saudi Motorsports Company and the Saudi Arabian Monetary Fund during the past few period, citing the holding of the last round of the 2022 season this year in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and on the new Jeddah Corniche circuit.
Lee added that this is a wonderful thing for “WTCR” and its partners, praising the efforts of the organizers in dealing with the weather and the heavy rains that fell in Jeddah days before the race, and preparing the Jeddah Corniche circuit and its track. in record time.
In turn, the drivers expressed their aspiration to compete in the qualifying round on Saturday on the track of the fastest street circuit in the world. They praised the circuit facilities and the speeds they were able to reach while testing the track for the first time today.
They also emphasized that the short track of Formula 1 circuits will add more enthusiasm to the race, especially with the high speeds of the circuit.
At the same time, Saudi driver Bin Khaneen will become the 91st driver to race in the World Touring Car Championship, and he will carry with him the experiences he gained throughout his career in competitions at the international and regional levels.
Ben Khanine, 33, will drive an Audi RS3 with Comtoyou Team Audi Sport. After winning the Middle East GT Academy title in 2014, Bin Khaneen became a NISMO driver, participating in select endurance races, such as the Dubai 24 Hours, and achieving several notable results.
After winning the 2000 Bahrain Championship in 2018 and 2019, Bin Khaneen moved up to the Jaguar I-Pace Championship, recording a third-place finish in the 2018-2019 season. Then he switched to the Jaguar I-Pace Championship, winning third place in the 2018-2019 season.
On this occasion, Bin Khanin said: “I have loved the touring car category for a long time and have been watching it from all over the world, and hosting the World Touring Car Cup now in the Kingdom is a great opportunity to participate in this global series.
“I expect the race to be intense and I am very excited about this participation, especially since the WTCR championships always have strong competitions on the track, which are punctuated by many epic overtakings between the drivers on the track.” – Spa