OMAN'S AL HARTHY TO MAKE HISTORY AT LE MANS History will be made on the support package to the 78th staging of the world's biggest motor race, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, this coming weekend when Porsche Carrera Cup competitor Ahmad Al Harthy...
OMAN'S AL HARTHY TO MAKE HISTORY AT LE MANS
History will be made on the support package to the 78th staging of the world's biggest motor race, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, this coming weekend when Porsche Carrera Cup competitor Ahmad Al Harthy becomes the first Omani to compete at the famous French venue.
Racing as part of the Porsche Carrera Cup France Championship round at the Circuit de la Sarthe on the morning of Saturday, 12th June, the 28-year-old Redline Racing driver will join around 40 other entries -- four others, like Ahmad, coming from the Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship.
Undoubtedly the highlight of his motor racing career and the realisation of a lifelong ambition, the Porsche support race to this year's Le Mans encounter will be a truly memorable occasion for a number of reasons.
Not only will the weekend mark the 40th anniversary of Porsche's first 24 Hours victory, it also coincides with the 40th year of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said's reign in Oman.
Ahmad said: "I am immensely proud to represent my country at Le Mans, especially as part of two very important anniversaries. It's a great moment for me, and also Omani sport as a whole, to compete as part of the support package to the world's biggest motor race.
"This really is a dream come true and it will be a very humbling experience for me with the significance for Oman. As always, I wish to thank my sponsors Oman Air, National Bank of Oman and the Oman Ministry of Sports Affairs for their vital support."
At eight miles in length, the Circuit de la Sarthe offers a unique and extremely challenging test for drivers and is renowned in sporting history. The Porsche Carrera Cup cars which will race as support to the main 24 Hours of Le Mans are expected to reach top speeds of almost 300km/h at the fastest parts of the track -- another new experience for Ahmad in his maiden year of sportscar competition.
Heading into the biggest weekend of his motor racing career, Ahmad is on a high after recording his best result of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship season at Oulton Park in Cheshire on Sunday with an excellent drive to second place in the Pro-Am 1 Class. After eight rounds, he's fourth in the championship standings.