SUPERB OULTON PARK DRIVE NETS AL HARTHY THIRD PODIUM OF 2010 Sportscar racing rookie Ahmad Al Harthy produced his most competitive drive of the season at Oulton Park in Cheshire on Sunday, 6th June, to record his third Pro-Am 1 Class podium...
SUPERB OULTON PARK DRIVE NETS AL HARTHY THIRD PODIUM OF 2010
Sportscar racing rookie Ahmad Al Harthy produced his most competitive drive of the season at Oulton Park in Cheshire on Sunday, 6th June, to record his third Pro-Am 1 Class podium during the eighth round of the 2010 Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship.
At perhaps the UK's most demanding and challenging track, the Omani racer delivered an assured and very impressive performance throughout the course of the weekend and returns home to Muscat buoyed by his return to the podium with a superb second place finish.
"We're back!", said an overjoyed Ahmad after round eight, "That was a cracker, I really enjoyed that race. It's not easy to overtake at Oulton Park but it's still very difficult to stay ahead when you're under pressure lap after lap. I'm over the moon, I've been waiting for this podium and I'm so happy it's arrived. The car was perfect, it did everything I wanted it to -- the team did a great job for me."
After just missing out on the Pro-Am 1 podium earlier in the day during round seven with a fourth place finish, the Oman Air, National Bank of Oman and Oman Ministry of Sports Affairs-supported driver intended to make amends during round eight.
Lining up third in class on the grid, Ahmad made a good start -- as he did during the first race -- and almost immediately swept into second place in Pro-Am 1. Under huge pressure from class points leader Ollie Jackson, Ahmad soaked it up very well indeed and with little more than a few 10ths of a second between them he wasn't able to relax for even a split second.
Try as he might, Jackson couldn't find a way past the Omani sensation's Redline Racing Porsche and then, on lap 13, the race came to an early conclusion following an accident involving the cars of Steve Parish and Alex Martin.
With the classified result taken back a lap, Ahmad ended the race just 0.4 seconds ahead of Jackson and with a best race lap of 1m25.145 seconds -- only four 10ths of a second outside the best managed by Pro-Am 1 winner Jonas Gelzinis.
"I think I proved to Ollie (Jackson) how difficult it is to overtake at Oulton, that was the problem I had in the first race and he found that out behind me in race two", said the 28-year-old, "I studied him well, I knew where I was strong and where I was weak and he only really had half a chance to try and pass. I want to thank all of my sponsors -- it's moments like these when we all shine together."
There are just two weeks to wait until the next installment of Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship action with rounds nine and 10 of the season taking place at Croft Circuit in North Yorkshire over the weekend 19th/20th June.