Although the Lebanese driver, who competed in the Trofeo Middle East, was appearing at the Portuguese circuit for the first time, his times got better and better.
"Portimao is a truly amazing track and for a driver like me, who doesn't have any experience on European circuits, there were reasons to fear it. At the end of free practice I was asking myself what I was doing there because the circuit seemed really difficult. I even decided not to continue the session. I then realised that I had to take my driving to another level because the tricky thing here is the fact that the track rises and falls, something I am not used to. In the Middle East practically all the tracks are identical, apart from Dubai. Even so, it is nothing like this one".
In the end the step-by-step approach used to negotiate Portimao paid off.
"I slowly got used to the circuit and my lap times dropped from 2'01" to 1'57", which is a great result for me. To do this I opted to gradually increase my speed, becoming familiar with the car and without running too many risks because the circuit seemed a little dangerous".
In Europe and the Middle East, the Trofeo experience is always unique, with just a few differences.
"As ever, racing a Maserati is extraordinary and everything was organised perfectly. For sure, things are a bit different compared to the Trofeo Middle East where, thanks to the fact that everyone speaks the same language, friendships can be formed away from the track as well".