Oman’s Al Faisal al Zubair was forced to miss the third round of the 2021 International GT Open Championship at the Hungaroring circuit in Mogyorod, Hungary, due to illness, his team, Lechner Racing, confirmed on Friday. Al Faisal’s regular teammate Andy Soucek was joined by replacement driver Benjamin Barker for the third round.
The Lechner Racing Team Porsche 911 GT3 R crew currently lead the championship by a single point heading into the weekend’s races. Al Faisal, who could not travel due to his illness, said, “I am disappointed to miss the third round due to my illness.
“Hopefully, I will recover soon and I would be able to resume my participation in the next round. I wish success to my team in Hungary. I promise to return for the next round at Imola in Italy.”
Al Faisal’s replacement, Barker, is 30 year old London-based driver. He has been competing in the LMGTE Am class of the FIA World Endurance Championship in a GR Racing Porsche 911 RSR. He was the 2010 Australian F3 champion, the Bathurst 12-Hour winner on four occasions (2013, 2018, 2019 and 2020) and won the Dubai 24-Hours in 2020.
Soucek and Barker posted impressive timings during the two free practice sessions on Friday.