On a weekend when Audi won the DTM at Norisring after 14 years, the big boys weren’t alone in celebrating the victory. It was shared by Audi Middle East, who supported two of the ragion’s racing talents in the Audi Sport TT Cup at the same circuit. Zaid Ashkanani from Kuwait and Lebanese Edy Saaiby from Dubai shone in the third round of the Audi Sport TT Cup in machines numbered 94 and 95 respectively.
In front of 123,500 spectators, on the challenging city street circuit in the Franconian city of Nuremberg, Ashkanani and Saaiby joined DTM Audi drivers Edoardo Mortara and Nico Müller in making Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of Audi Motorsport) a happy man.
One of the Porsche GT3 Cup winners, 22-year-old Zaid Ashkanani finished 7th overall on Saturday and 12th overall on Sunday, thereby securing a second place in both races in his class. “I had a great time and finishing second as a guest driver made me enjoy my time here even more. Especially as it is my first time in the TT Cup car and my first time on this challenging track”, said the Kuwaiti. Ahead of him was the veteran Audi factory driver Lucas di Grassi, a matter of pride for the young star. Edy Saaiby scored position 14th overall and 4th in his class in the first race and finished 15th overall and 3rd among the guest drivers in the second race.
In the overall DTM classification Edoardo Mortara (above) is in second place with a two-point deficit. In the lead is Marco Wittmann (BMW). The teams’ standings are led by Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline. In the manufacturers’ classification, Audi is in second place with a 34-point deficit.