Strong Saudi Falcons team for Dubai BMW Z4 GT3s

Updated 09 January 2013
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Strong Saudi Falcons team for Dubai BMW Z4 GT3s

The Saudi Falcons Team, in association with Schubert Motorsport, will be aiming to make amends for last year’s disappointment when two cars are entered in this weekend’s eighth Dunlop 24hr Dubai 2013, the first circuit endurance race of the new season.
A missed braking point and a spin three corners from the end cost Saudi Falcons 1 a potential podium finish in 2012 with the team finishing fourth overall. The second Saudi Falcons car was badly delayed when the car’s fan belt failed. This year Saudi Falcons Team Schubert has again entered a pair of 4.4-liter BMW Z4 GT3s in the race, which will take place on the challenging 5.39km Dubai Autodrome circuit. It is the third season that the team has been represented in the Dubai race, which grows in stature and importance each year.
Mercedes SLS AMG GT3s filled the top three places in 2012, with Emirati Khaled Al-Qubaisi, England’s Sean Edwards, Dutchman Jeroen Bleekmolen and Germany’s Thomas Jager winning the race in the Abu Dhabi Black Falcon 3 car. Second place fell to Bernd Schneider’s team in the Heico 1 Motorsport 6 Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 and the second Heico 1 Motorsport Mercedes was third.
This weekend, the Saudi Falcons Team Schubert 1 will be crewed by the Saudi drivers Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal and Faisal Bin Laden, Austrian Dominik Baumann and the German duo of Dominik Schwager and Dirk Adorf. Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal and Faisal Bin Laden are also registered with Saudi Falcons Team Schubert 2 alongside the German trio of Jörg Müller, Claudia Hürtgen and Dirk Müller.
“The whole team is fully focused on this weekend’s 24Hr Dubai,” said a team spokesman. “Abdulaziz bin Turki and Faisal will each lead a car and our goal is to win the race.
“Last year was a disappointing outcome for us,” said team engineer Stefan Wentl. “We were chasing hard for nearly 20 hours and then a stone damaged the air filter and we lost the time making the repairs.”
Teams will be permitted free practice on the course this morning prior to qualifying and night practice in the afternoon and evening. The race will start at the Dubai Autodrome at 14.00hrs tomorrow and finish at the same time on Saturday afternoon.


Al-Hilal land Saudi Arabia volleyball treble by winning Elite Championship

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Al-Hilal land Saudi Arabia volleyball treble by winning Elite Championship

  • Riyadh club beat Al-Ahli by six sets to nil over two legs
  • Title adds to the Saudi League and Saudi Cup

Al-Hilal confirmed themselves as the dominant volleyball side in the Kingdom by winning their third title of a hugely successful season on Monday.

The team beat Al-Ahli, their big rivals, by three sets to nil in the second leg of the final round of the Elite Championship at the arena of the General Sports Authority in Riyadh. Al-Hilal also whitewashed Al-Ahli in the first leg, confirming their superiority.

Chairman of the Saudi Volleyball Federation, Dr. Ibrahim Al-Babtain, was present as Waldo Kantor’s side added the title to the Saudi League crown and the Saudi Cup they won earlier this year. It was further celebration for the Riyadh-based club as the football team won the Saudi Pro League title on the final day of the season, pipping Al-Ahli to the title by a point.

The victorious Al-Hilal basketball team included Ahmad Al-Bekhayet, Khalil Hajji, Muwaffaq Al-Motairi, Hassan Al-Wathlan, Abdulaziz Al-Harbi, Fahad Masoud, Abdullah Al-Zahrani, Abdulrahman Al-Dawsari, Nawaf Al-Bekhayet, Mohammad Bakr, Raidel Poey and Hiroshi Centelles.

The team are coached by Kantor who represented Argentina at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles and the 1988 Olympics in Seoul. He has been in charge of Al-Hilal since September after coaching spells in Italy, Spain, Brazil, Colombia, and Argentina.