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Porsche Carrera Cup GB

Driver Of The Weekend Al Harthy Takes Brands Win

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Ahmad Al Harthy On The Brands Hatch Podium - Photo Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography

 

Ahmad Al Harthy took his second Pro-Am1 race win of the season during the latest rounds of the 2011 Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Brands Hatch, with the Oman Air Racing Team driver's performances earning him the 'Driver of the Weekend' accolade.

The 30 year old started third in class on the opening race and although initially edging into second place, he slipped back again on the opening lap. He regained the place a lap later though and edged clear to take a comfortably second in class, his tenth podium of the season.

An excellent start in race two saw Al Harthy move into second in class on the opening lap and from there he soaked up huge pressure to retain the place. When Pro-Am1 leader and newly crowned class champion Jonas Gelzinis suffered a puncture, Al Harthy swept past into the lead and held on for his second win of 2011.

Oman Air, Nawras, National Bank of Oman, Brand Oman, Oman Ministry of Sports Affairs and Oman Ministry of Tourism-backed Al Harthy said: “The heat today was so difficult to contend with. It affected the car worse than it did yesterday but we put together a textbook race – I'm extremely delighted for everybody involved in making this possible.

“It's so important to get these wins, it lifts the confidence and I'm really happy we were able to do it in such a hot and difficult race. It really has been a fantastic couple of days for the Oman Air Racing Team and being named the Driver of the Weekend is the icing on the cake.”

There are just two races remaining this season, with Ahmad heading into the season finale at Silverstone in a great position to achieve his aim of a top three class finish in the points, while also having a chance of taking runner up spot. As he did at Brands, Ahmad will compete at Silverstone in support of the Omani National Association for Cancer Awareness.

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