Ahmad Al Harthy concluded his 2011 Porsche Carrera Cup GB season at Silverstone with his twelfth Pro-Am1 class podium of the year, ensuring the Oman Air Racing Team star finished the year third in the class driver standings.
The 30 year old had a slow start the opening race, getting bundled down to sixth in class at the start, but he fought back to take fourth in class. The second race saw Ahmad start third and hold the position comfortably, before a multi-car incident ahead promoted him to second. He yielded the place soon after, but held on to take third in class. This means he ends his second season driving a Porsche third in the standings, with two class wins under his belt.
Ahmad said: “The races today were challenging. In the first one, fourth wasn't what we deserved at all but finishing third in the last race was more like it. Unfortunately we got stuck behind Derek (Pierce) for too long in race one but I'm happy overall, a great end to a great season.
“We started the season on the podium and wanted to end it on the podium and we have, I'm absolutely delighted for the whole Oman Air Racing Team. All the hard work has paid off, thank you so much to all of my incredible sponsors – Oman Air, Nawras, National Bank of Oman, Brand Oman, Oman Ministry of Sports Affairs and Oman Ministry of Tourism.
“I also want to say a special thank you to His Excellency Eng. Ali Al Sunaidy from the Ministry of Sports Affairs, he has believed in my programme from the outset. His incredibly strong support has been instrumental in the success we've enjoyed so far. It's such an honour for me.
“At the beginning of the year we talked about the need to be consistent, to keep finishing on the podium as much as possible, and I've delivered on that. It's been an amazing season from start to end – I really don't know where to begin thanking people, my family, my supporters from Oman who flew in to be here at Silverstone this weekend. I'm so grateful to everyone.”