Porsche Carrera Cup GB regular Ahmad Al Harthy had a highly successful outing at the Dubai Autodrome last weekend, the Omani racer making a strong start to his maiden Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East campaign, before enjoying a winning debut in the United Arab Emirates GT Championship.
Al Harthy was straight on the pace in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East, setting the second fastest time in practice, before going on to qualify fifth in his Oman Air, Nawras, National Bank of Oman, Brand Oman, Oman Ministry of Sports Affairs and Oman Ministry of Tourism-backed car.
The opening race saw him sitting in a podium position before an unfortunate moment dropped him to fifth place, where he went on to finish. The next day him qualifying fifth once again, with the race seeing him running fourth and challenging for a podium throughout, ending up 0.2 seconds adrift. He was later promoted to third when a rival was given a time penalty post-race, giving him a first podium finish.
The Oman Air Racing Team star then teamed up with the current Porsche Carrera Cup GB Champion James Sutton and the duo claimed victory in the 'Endurance Challenge', which ran as a class in the NGK UAE GT Championship.
Ahmad commented: “It was an incredible weekend, I'm delighted the Oman Air Racing Team has made such a positive start to the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge and to win our class in the GT race was fantastic. Huge thanks to James (Sutton) for partnering me in the endurance race, he's an unbelievably quick and talented driver.”