April 28, 2018
- At an early age, he decided to pursue motorsports
- His ultimate goal is to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans
Prince Abdul Aziz Turki Al-Faisal, the current vice chairman to the board in the General Sports Authority, was born in Riyadh in 1983.
He studied politics at King Saud University from 2001 to 2003 then went on to take a politics degree at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.
He also studied marketing at the College of Business Administration (CBA), Jeddah, from 2006 until he graduated in 2010.
Additionally, he graduated from the Formula BMW School in Bahrain in 2005.
He spent most of his childhood in Europe, where he pursued an active lifestyle and was introduced to motorsports. At an early age, he decided to pursue motorsports.
In 2009, he took part in the 24-hour race for the Toyo Tires Cup in Dubai, his team came second while he raced to first place in the A5 category.
He also competed in the Porsche GT3 European Super Cup Series.
Between 2009 and 2010, he raced in the Middle East Porsche Cup Championship, finishing first and earning the championship title.
In 2011, he took on a challenge to prove himself outside the Middle East, winning the first race in the FIA GT3 in Portugal.
By 2012, Prince Abdul Aziz had won the Porsche GT3 Championship for the second time and competed in the Dunlop 24-hour race in Dubai, finishing fourth.
He is known as the first Saudi to participate in a GT3 European championship race and win. He solely won 23 races by 2013, paving the way for Saudis to enter more competitions.
In 2015, he won in Dubai, kick-starting a string of top-10 finishes in the racing season. His ultimate goal is to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
This article was first published in the Arab News