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Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Saud (born 4 June 1983) is a Saudi athlete and a businessman as well as a member of the House of Saud. Sports minister since 2018.

Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Saud
Born (1983-06-04) 4 June 1983 (age 36)
Riyadh
Full name
Abdulaziz bin Turki bin Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
HouseHouse of Saud
FatherPrince Turki bin Faisal Al Saud
MotherPrincess Nouf bint Fahd bin Khalid Al Saud
ReligionIslam

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Early life and educationEdit

Prince Abdulaziz was born on 4 June 1983 in Riyadh.[1][2] He is the second son of Turki bin Faisal Al Saud, the brother of Faisal bin Turki Al-Faisal and a grandson of Faisal of Saudi Arabia.

He claims he learnt to drive at nine years old. His father allowed him behind the wheel of a grey Nissan Patrol, which he drove around in the sand.[3]

Abdulaziz bin Turki graduated from King Faisal School, Riyadh, in 2000. Then, he studied politics at King Saud University from 2001 to 2003. Next, he continued to study politics at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, from 2003 to 2006. He studied marketing at College of Business Administration (CBA), Jeddah beginning in 2006 and graduated in 2010.[1] He also graduated from the Formula BMW school in Bahrain in 2005.[3]

Motosport careerEdit

Abdulaziz bin Turki's early motosport career includes the following races:[4]

  • Formula BMW racing centre race series (2005 – 2006): (Contested) One race, one pole position, first place.
  • Formula BMW racing centre race series (2006 – 2007): Eight races out of nine, four pole positions, four wins, finished third on the championship.
  • Speed trip 7 Bahrain (2006 – 2007): Second overall autocross championship.

In 2010, Abdulaziz bin Turki participated and won several places in the following races: Radical Masters AUH round: 2nd Place; Porsche GT3 CCME Champion 9 wins and 12 podium finishes.[5] The races he participated in 2011 are as follows: 24h Dubai Race with Saudi Falcons, 5th place; Lotus T125 F1 testing in Abudhabi; Porsche GT3 CCME 2nd overall with Most fastest Laps and Most Pole positions; 24h LeMans Official Testing with Porsche Factory Support Team; Hungaroring BMW Z4 GT3 testing; FIA GT3 Championship – 1st place in Algarve Portugal with Team Need for Speed by Schubert Motorsport.[1]

Abdulaziz bin Turki won the championship title in the first GT3 European championship round organized in the Algarve international circuit in Portugal in May 2011. He came first with his co-pilot Edward Sandström on a BMW Z4 on the Need for Speed Schubert team. With this success, Abdulaziz Turki became the first Saudi to participate and win a GT3 European championship race.[1]

His most frequent co-pilots were Edward Sandström (6), Nick Tandy (2), Bryce Miller (2), Bret Curtis (1), Sean Edwards (1) and Spencer Pumpelly (1) until 2012.[6]

The Saudi Falcons, led by him, did not participate in 24H Dubai 2013 due to several technical problems.[7]

Racing career summaryEdit

His racing career summary is as follows:[8]

Year No of races Wins Podium Pole position No of fastest race
2013 13 races 2 wins 11 podiums 1 pole positions 4 fastest race lap
2012 16 races 4 wins 12 podiums 2 pole positions 2 fastest race lap
2011 22 races 7 wins 10 podiums 6 pole positions 7 fastest race laps
2010 17 races 9 wins 13 podiums 6 pole positions 6 fastest race laps
2009 8 races 1 win 1 podium 0 pole positions 0 fastest race laps
2008 1 race 0 win 1 podium 0 pole positions 0 fastest race laps

Races entered: 19; Wins: 23; Podiums: 48; Pole positions: 16; Fastest laps: 19; Race win percentage: 29.11% (Data updated as of 25 March 2013)[8]

Racing career highlightsEdit

  • Le Mans 24h with Porsche RSR Factory Support Team, 2012
  • Winner of Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Me Championship for the second time, 2012[1]
  • Fourth in 24H Dubai race, 2012[1]
  • Third in ADAC GT Masters Round 4 in June 2012[9]
  • Second in Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East, 2010–11.
  • Second in 24H Series, A5 2010.
  • Middle Eastern Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge champion 2009–10.
  • Third in Formula BMW Bahrain 2007.[8]

See also: 2011 FIA GT3 European Championship season

See also: Porsche GT3 Middle East Championship

ADAC GT MastersEdit

Abdulaziz bin Turki was the only Arab driver racing in the ADAC GT Masters in June 2012, one of the world’s biggest GT3 championships.[10] He achieved a significant success during his first participation in one of the most important GT3 races of the ADAC GT Masters, Rounds 3 and 4 of the championship at Sachsenring circuit in Germany with Schubert Motorsport Team in June 2012.[9] Abdulaziz finished 3rd among 44 cars on the starting grid of Round 4.[9]

See also; ADAC GT Masters

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans resultsEdit

Abdulaziz participated in Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans together with Sean Edwards and Bret Curtis in June 2012. They managed to qualify the #75 Porsche 997 GT3 RSR a remarkable second in the Pro-Am category in the race.[11]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2011   Team Felbermayr-Proton   Bryce Miller
  Nick Tandy
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR GTE
Pro
169 DNF DNF
2012   Prospeed Competition   Bret Curtis
  Sean Edwards
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR GTE
Am
180 DNF DNF
2013   JMW Motorsport   Andrea Bertolini
  Khaled al Qubaisi
Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 GTE
Pro
300 34th 10th
2014   JMW Motorsport   Seth Neiman
  Spencer Pumpelly
Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 GTE
Am
327 27th 7th
2015   JMW Motorsport   Jakub Giermaziak
  Michael Avenatti
Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 GTE
Am
320 36th 7th
2017   Proton Competition   Patrick Long
  Mike Hedlund
Porsche 911 RSR GTE
Am
329 37th 9th

See also: 24 Hours of Le Mans

Awards and recognitionEdit

APSCO, dealer of Mobil 1 oil in Saudi Arabia, presented an honorary shield to Abdulaziz bin Turki - the leader of the Saudi racing team - at Reem International Circuit in Riyadh in 2010. The award was in recognition of achieving record achievements including winning nine times the first position of Porsche GT3 Middle East Championship, which was held over a period of six months on the most famous Arab racing circuits in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and UAE, as well as winning the title of the first edition of this championship. APSCO was a major sponsor of the championship.[12]

Abdulaziz bin Turki was named as ambassador for Road Safety in Shell's 2013 road safety programme in Saudi Arabia.[13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f "About Abdulaziz bin Turki al Faisal". Red Bull. Retrieved 31 March 2012.
  2. ^ "Drivers Abdulaziz bin Turki al Faisal". Saudi Falcons. Archived from the original on 13 April 2012. Retrieved 31 March 2012.
  3. ^ a b Meenaghan, Gary (21 February 2012). "A concrete oasis in the middle of the Saudi Arabia desert". The National. Retrieved 6 June 2012.
  4. ^ "Road Map". Abdulaziz Al Faisal. Retrieved 31 March 2012.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki al Faisal wins Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East". GCC Press Agencies. Retrieved 31 March 2012.
  6. ^ "Abdulaziz Al Faisal, SA". Racing Sports Cars. Archived from the original on 1 February 2013. Retrieved 20 June 2012.
  7. ^ "Saudi Falcons led by Prince Abdulaziz Turki Al-Faisal retire from 24H Dubai 2013". Riyadh Connect. 14 January 2013. Retrieved 4 March 2013.
  8. ^ a b c "Abdulaziz Al Faisal". Driver Database. Retrieved 31 March 2012.
  9. ^ a b c "Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Faisal makes a Historic Achievement at ADAC GT Masters". Biser3a. Retrieved 21 June 2012.
  10. ^ Phill Tromans (11 June 2012). "Abdulaziz Turki Al Faisal. Podium hunting". Crank and Piston. Retrieved 5 July 2012.
  11. ^ James Gent (16 June 2012). "Abdulaziz Turki Al Faisal. Le Mans 24hrs. The building tension". Crank and Piston. Retrieved 6 July 2012.
  12. ^ "APSCO honors Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki". Saudi Gazette. Archived from the original on 3 April 2015. Retrieved 31 March 2012.
  13. ^ "Shell, HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki al-Faisal promote Road Safety 2013 programme". AME Info. 28 November 2012. Archived from the original on 17 January 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2012.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Inaugural
Porsche Carrera Cup Middle East
Champion

2010
Succeeded by
Salman Al-Khalifa
Preceded by
Salman Al-Khalifa
Porsche Carrera Cup Middle East
Champion

2012
Succeeded by
Clemens Schmid

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