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Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East: Charlie Frijns looks to close gap at Yas

Trailing Irishman Ryan Cullen after three rounds of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East, Dutch Charlie Frijns will be looking to close the gap on the leader in the fourth round at the Yas Marina Circuit this weekend, with 50 points on offer for the winner of the two races.
Charlie Frijns prepares for a race in Dubai. Photo courstey Hill Knowlton Strategies
Charlie Frijns prepares for a race in Dubai. Photo courstey Hill Knowlton Strategies

Trailing Irishman Ryan Cullen after three rounds of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East, Dutch Charlie Frijns will be looking to close the gap on the leader in the fourth round at the Yas Marina Circuit this weekend, with 50 points on offer for the winner of the two races. Frijns spoke with The National ahead of the round.

Two crucial races this weekend?

Of course, I am trailing in the driver standings now. So I have to be consistent every race from now on and hope to finish, as much as possible, in front of Ryan to close the gap and fight for the championship again.

You will be racing on the full GP circuit. Will that be a different challenge?

The shorter tracks are nice to drive on, but with the Porsche, you prefer the bigger tracks. I have driven here before, so I know the track a little bit, but not too much. It’s a tricky track and I am still getting used to it.

You had arrived in Dubai for Round 3, level with Cullen. He is 17 points clear now.

Still three weekends to go, so six races and there are 25 points to be won in every race. You can also lose it if you have a bad day, so I have to consistently finish on the podium and hopefully, as much as possible, in front of Ryan.

What lessons can you carry from Dubai into the second half of the series?

Dubai, I think, was a weekend to forget. Of course, in the second race that weekend, I got second. Second is not that bad, but I started from pole position, so I was hoping for more from that race. Anyway, I am learning that I have to be a bit more patient through the first few laps. I am already too much into it and with the cold tyres, it’s not a good way to do it.

Do you expect more drivers to come into the reckoning?

We have just finished the practice session and there are a lot of drivers, who would normally be behind us, but are now in front of us. So this weekend will be crucial and decide if the championship will get tighter with more drivers come into the reckoning. But in my opinion, it is going to be between me and Ryan.

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Updated: February 9, 2017 04:00 AM

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