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Al Qubaisi Returns to Dempsey-Proton for Bahrain Races

Proton No. 88 crews confirmed plus other driver updates ahead of Bahrain double-header…

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Khalid Al Qubaisi will return to Dempsey-Proton Racing’s driver lineup for the FIA World Endurance Championship double-header in Bahrain, as one of several recent updates prior to the final leg of the season.

Former WEC full-timer Al Qubaisi will drive the No. 88 Dempsey-Proton Porsche 911 RSR-19 in the GTE-Am class with Julien Andlauer and two different co-drivers for the pair of season-ending races at Bahrain International Citcuit.

Adrien de Leener is joining the lineup for the 6 Hours of Bahrain on Oct. 30 while Axcil Jefferies is confirmed for the 8 Hours of Bahrain on the following weekend.

Jefferies and Andlauer formed part of GPX Racing’s lineup that won the 24 Hours of Dubai back in January.

Al Qubaisi, who has joined Proton for the last two editions of the WEC’s Bahrain round, is the third different Bronze-rated driver to get behind the wheel of the No. 88 Porsche this season after Andrew Haryanto and Dominique Bastien.

Also confirmed on the updated entry list for the six-hour race is Kush Maini’s endurance racing debut in the LMP2 class, representing ORECA outfit ARC Bratislava.

Maini, whose older brother Arjun drives in the DTM, took part in the Asian F3 Championship earlier this year and is also a race winner in the former BRDC British F3 series.

Double European Le Mans Series LMP2 champion Nelson Panciatici will replace Maini at the 8 Hours of Bahrain finale, teaming up with ARC Bratislava’s full-time drivers Oliver Webb and Miro Konopka.

Katherine Legge is set to return to Iron Lynx in Bahrain after contesting the Spa season-opener with the Ferrari GTE-Am squad.

The British driver is named alongside Sarah Bovy and Rahel Frey in the ‘Iron Dames’ crew, after Michelle Gatting and Bovy were named on the provisional entry list.

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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