Ah­mad’s Oman Rac­ing bags Pro-Am pole at Spa 24 Hours

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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

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