Ahmad’s Oman Racing bags Pro-Am pole at Spa 24 Hours
The impressive form of Oman Racing quartet was on display once again as it came up with another superb display in the Superpole at the Total 24 Hours of Spa on the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium on Friday.
The Oman Racing squad of Ahmad al Harthy, Jonny Adam, Salih Yoluc and Euan Hankey, goes into the 24-hour race seventh overall and on pole in its Pro-Am class despite the stewards penalising Adam for having started outside his allocated time window. It meant that Oman Racing with TF Sport team was stripped of its fastest lap time from Superpole.
Rainclouds threatened the Spa circuit at the start of the Superpole, but the track remained dry for the whole of the session at the 69th edition of the Total 24 Hours of Spa.
Thankfully for Oman Racing, Adam had set a time fastest enough on his first lap around to place it in seventh place, meaning it will only drop two positions despite the penalty.
“I wanted to get up the grid as high as possible, to prove that our Aston Martin is still a very competitive car. The fact that we have more than a dozen cars between ourselves and the next car in Pro-Am will make our life a bit easier in the early hours, but it will still be a tough race,” said Adam.
Ahmad was delighted and said, “It was an incredible Superpole session. Jonny did an absolutely amazing job, honestly his first lap was incredible and to be so close to the overall pole position shows just how strong the Oman Racing package is.”
Talking about the penalty, Ahmad revealed his frustration. “Obviously, we’re all disappointed and a lit bit deflated to lose the quickest time - nobody more so than Jonny [Adam] as he did the hard work out on track.
“To begin the 24 Hour race from seventh overall, though, is so much more than we expected and the most important thing is the Pro-Am pole. I can’t wait for the race to begin, we’ll all be giving 100 per cent to achieve the best result we possibly can.”
Ahead of the Total 24 Hours of Spa, Ahmad and Adam lead the Pro-Am championship in the Blancpain Endurance Cup by eight points while Oman Racing also tops the team standings in Pro-Am by the same margin.
Oman Racing’s Jonny Adam drives his Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 during the Superpole in Spa on Friday