Oman Rac­ing’s Ah­mad ready for Spa chal­lenge

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Mus­cat - Oman Rac­ing's Ah­mad al Harthy has ex­pressed his readi­ness to tackle the gru­elling To­tal 24 Hours of Spa chal­lenge - the fourth round and the most pres­ti­gious race of the Blanc­pain GT Se­ries En­durance Cup cam­paign – at the Cir­cuit de Spa-Fran­cor­champs in Bel­gium on Satur­day.

The Mus­cat-based Ah­mad will be joined by his team­mates, Jonny Adam, Salih Yoluc and team new­comer Euan Hankey for the 24 Hour race, as the quar­tet aims for a podium fin­ish to main­tain the team's lead in the Pro-Am Cham­pi­onship stand­ings.

The fight in the Pro-Am Cup will prob­a­bly be as ex­cit­ing as that for the over­all class win. Lam­borgh­ini squad Bar­well Mo­tor­sport has won the two most re­cent races of the Blanc­pain GT Se­ries, Sil­ver­stone and Cir­cuit Paul Ri­card, but thanks to a vic­tory in Monza and solid per­for­mances in the next two races, the Oman Rac­ing with TF Sport As­ton Martin is a mere eight points ahead of the Bar­well Mo­tor­sport team.

With 50 points on of­fer dur­ing the To­tal 24 Hours of Spa – one for pole po­si­tion, 12 at the six-hour and 12-hour marks and 25 at the fin­ish – Ah­mad re­alises that con­sis­tency and re­li­a­bil­ity is more im­por­tant than ever, hav­ing fin­ished on the podium in each of the three rounds so far.

At the re­cent of­fi­cial test day at Spa-Fran­cor­champs, which fea­tured over 60 cars, Ah­mad and Co came fifth fastest in Pro-Am class in the af­ter­noon session.

“We’re all ex­cited for Spa. It’s al­ways an amaz­ing race to be part of and an in­cred­i­ble week ac­tu­ally build­ing up to the 24 Hour it­self,” said the As­ton Martin racer.

“We’ve had a fan­tas­tic sea­son so far. It’s good to be lead­ing the Pro-Am Cup cham­pi­onship but we know how chal­leng­ing the 24 Hours of Spa is and we’re tak­ing noth­ing for granted.

“Prepa­ra­tion is key at Spa as it is twice-round-the-clock race. We’re happy with the pro­gramme we com­pleted dur­ing the test day and we’re go­ing into the race de­ter­mined to do the best we can.”

The free prac­tice, pre-qual­i­fy­ing and fi­nal qual­i­fy­ing ses­sions will be held on Thurs­day with the fastest qual­i­fiers pro­gress­ing to su­per pole on Fri­day ahead of the race on Satur­day.

A file photo of Ah­mad al Harthy in ac­tion dur­ing the Blanc­pain En­durance Cup se­ries

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