Qatar’s Motorsport Authority QMMF announced an ambitious programme in the 2019 TCR Europe Series.
A deal has been signed with PCR Sport that clinched the 2018 Drivers’ title with Mikel Azcona. The Spanish outfit will run one CUPRA car entered under the banner of QMMF Racing for Abdulla Ali Al-Khelaifi.
“Entering Abdulla into the TCR Europe Series was the natural step after he has dominated the Qatar Touring Car Championship in recent years. The move comes as a part of the programme developed by QMMF to support talented racing drivers. The team will be managed by Qatari staff, as we are storming the circuit racing journey one step at a time,'' explained Abdulrahman Al-Mannai, Qatar Motor & Motorcycle Federation President.
The 29-year-old driver from Doha has clinched three Qatar Touring Car Championship titles between 2015 and 2019; he was also a class winner in the 2017 Spa-Francorchamps 12-hour race. “I’m so delighted to be part of such a prestigious championship in which I will be able to rub shoulders with experienced competitors from all over Europe. I know the journey won’t be easy but I am sure that I will learn and develop a lot. I am also very proud to be the first Qatari driver to ever commit to a full circuit racing series in Europe,” said Al-Khelaifi.
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