The Porsche GT3 drivers were last in action at the Monte Carlo Grand Prix in Monaco over five weeks ago and Al Faisal is keen to put a premature retirement from that race firmly to the back of his mind as the series heads to Austria.
“I think this will be another weekend when I will be learning a lot,” said FZ Racing’s Al Faisal, who is a member of the experienced Lechner Racing Middle East team.
“This is a new track for me. I have never been before and I will only have 45 minutes to learn it before we start the qualifying session.
“It will be a tough one for me. I have seen the weather forecast and it looks as though it is going to be very wet. I have not driven the car in the wet before. Hopefully we get a positive result after this. We did a test in the car at one of the circuits and I have been keeping my fitness levels up. Now I’m looking forward to getting back to racing.”
The Omani’s team-mate Michael Ammermüller currently leads the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup standings after three races. The German has a maximum 60-point score, following two victories in Barcelona and his Monaco success.
Norway’s Dennis Olsen is eight points adrift in second and Great Britain’s Daniel Cammish is four points further behind in third. Al Faisal is classified 18th of the 28 registered drivers in his first full season of international racing.
The weekend’s 45-minute practice session for the teams get underway on Friday. Qualifying is scheduled for Saturday and the GT3s take centre stage on the 4.236km race circuit for a
16-lap race on Sunday.