Saudi racer to make WTCR wildcard appearance in Jeddah

Saudi Arabian racer Ahmed Bin Khanen will join the grid for the final FIA World Touring Car Cup races in Jeddah, where he will get behind the wheel of a Comtoyou Racing-run Audi RS3 LMS TCR.

The Riyadh racer has a variety of racing experience under his belt. In 2014, he won the GT Academy Middle East, before going on to become a NISMO driver competing in selected events, including the Dubai 24 Hours.

In 2018 and 2019 the 33-year-old was a podium finisher in the Bahrain 2000 cc Championship, then going on to race in the electric Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy in 2018-2019.

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Bin Khanen will be ineligible for points in the WTCR season finale, where he must also carry 10 kg of extra weight for being a wildcard entry.

“I have loved the TCR category for a long time and I have been watching it from all over the world,” said Bin Khanen.

“Now the WTCR will come to my country and it will be a good opportunity to be part of it. It’s going to be a big race and I’m very excited because WTCR and TCR everywhere always has close competition and that’s why it’s really beautiful with a lot of good fights on track between the drivers.

“We always raced between concrete walls in the Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy and on much tighter circuits in fact so I really don’t mind this challenge and the Jeddah Corniche Circuit track looks really good.

“I want to finish as high as possible, but I want to finish clean. I know the competition will be very hard and while nobody expects me to be in the top three, I will give it my all.”

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