Dubai, UAE, 26 January 2020: Nine races from four championship series were contested at Dubai Autodrome over the weekend (24-25 January) headlined by Porsche Sprint Challenge Middle East, but it was the number seven that was a sure bet to predict the winners.
On Friday it was Emirati drivers Saif Al Ameri (#7) and Ahmad Al Moosa (#77) of PP Performance each taking a win in the TRD86 Cup.
Then Jim Geddie of Dragon Racing ran out two NGK UAE ProCar victories in a row in his Lamborghini Huracan ST (#77), and German driver Leon Koehler took his first win of the weekend driving a Porsche GT3 Cup Car 991 with the number, you guessed it, #77 blazoned on the front.
On Saturday sevens appeared again and, although Yuri Jongkind (#7) didn’t win a National Sportsbike Super Series race, Ahmed Al Muyini (#47) came through with two bike victories.
Leon Koehler finished the weekend where he began, battling his way through the field to take two more wins for #77.
Porsche Sprint Challenge Middle East
Championship leader Leon Koehler put some distance on would-be contenders with an impressive three wins in a row over the weekend.
On paper the German made it look easy but, in reality, Koehler had to fight for every millimetre of tarmac, with the likes of J.B. Simmenauer (#27), Saul Hack (#88) and Julian Hanses (#18) trying to block his path to a perfect race weekend. Ultimately, they failed.
Koehler snuck past Simmenauer by just 0.832 seconds to win the first race on Friday and then beat Hanses to the finish line by almost three seconds to secure another victory on Saturday.
Leon had three cars in front of him for much of the third and final race, but undeterred, he piloted his #77 Porsche around his rivals and got the business done by the time the chequered flag was shown to end the contest, cruising in two and half seconds clear of Saul Hack.
With Koehler wrapping up the Pro category, it was Dutch racer Jesse Van Kuijk (#7) of GP Elite who topped the ProAm category in three class wins, while Swedish driver Krister Andero (#13) took home three class winning trophies of his own in the Am category.
Report: Aaron Meriwether
Photos: Aaron Meriwether & Arthur Rosales