Omani star Al Faisal Al Zubair finished an action-packed second race in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East in fifth position and first of the GCC drivers at Bahrain’s Sakhir circuit on Saturday.
The Omani now trails Great Britain’s Tom Oliphant by just two points in the overall drivers’ standings.
The Lechner Racing Middle East driver was given a five-place grid penalty for an incident in the first race on Friday and began the race from ninth position. After initially slipping back to 11th, he was delighted to fight back to an eventual fifth overall.
Oliphant is missing the last two races of the season to take part in the British Touring Car Championship and that leaves Al Zubair as the firm favourite to clinch his first Middle East title next month when the series returns to Bahrain.