Meet the man representing Saudi on the racetracks.
What were some difficulties you faced representing your country in the GT3 series?
I’m very proud to be representing my country in a racing series like the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East as it is a huge moment and step up for me. I’ve never raced in a professional series like this before. With that being said, one of the biggest challenges for me is learning the tracks as each circuit is completely new to me.
What is your goal as a Saudi racer?
My goal is to grow my racing career to reach the epitome of racing regionally and around the world. Being a part of this year’s Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East, it allows me to benefit from this series’ ability to develop racing talent in thrilling competition.
Who is your favorite childhood race car driver? Maybe someone who inspired you to become one?
As a child, I used to always watch Michael Schumacher and admire his driving skills – he would definitely be my all-time favorite driver!
What is your most memorable moment as a driver?
My most memorable moment as a driver would definitely be when I first entered my car for my first race ever. It was a feeling that I can never forget and put into words – a combination of being nervous, not knowing what to expect along with the strongest rush of adrenaline through my blood.
What is your favorite car model? As a racer and a regular driver?
My favorite racing car would definitely be a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car. However, as a regular driver, I have to say it’ll be a McLaren SLR 722.
Where do you see the racing culture going in this region?
While the racing culture in the region is improving with a stronger and wider racing community, I do think that we need to create more hype on motorsport as a whole and the value behind it. This kind of sport requires support from sponsors and governments for it to become more attractive and open to the talent we have in our region which is something I absolutely advocate for.
What would you tell aspiring racers?
To start early and be open to learning as much as possible – never a failure but always a lesson, is the mentality you need. It can be hard and challenging but you always have to push hard to get the results you want. And be a true believer that hard work will always pay off.