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Al Harthy Crowned Porsche Pro-Am1 Champion At Silverstone

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Ahmad Al Harthy has secured the 2012 Porsche Carrera Cup GB Pro-AM1 class title with a weekend to spare after sealing the title with a double victory at Silverstone.

Al Harthy capped off his near-faultless season with his eleventh and twelve class wins of the campaign, ensuring the 31 year old becomes the first Omani and first Arab to win a title in the British Series.

“This is absolutely incredible”, said an elated Ahmad, “We’ve all been working so, so hard for this, and everyone at the Oman Air Racing Team has done such an amazing job. Winning this Pro-Am 1 championship is a dream come true and such an important moment for all of my supporters back home in Oman who have made all of this possible.

“I dedicate this win to His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said and the people of Oman, my family and to everyone who has supported me over the years. Of course, a huge thank you goes to my sponsors Oman Air, Oman Ministry of Sports Affairs, Oman Ministry of Tourism, Nawras, National Bank of Oman and Muscat Eye Laser Centre. I must say a massive thanks to the guys from Redline Racing too; they’re the best in the business.”

Al Harthy wrapped up the title with two wins at Silverstone, though the first of them didn’t come easy. A slow launch off the line from pole saw him drop him to third. A great fight-back though saw him re-take the lead on lap seventeen before fending off his rivals for the remainders to take the win.

Race two was a much more dominant performance, a great start seeing him maintain the lead and a strong drive saw him build up a twelve second winning margin for his sixteenth class podium in eighteen races.

“I love Silverstone, to be able to get two wins this weekend was exactly what we wanted and to wrap-up the championship with a dominant win is something very special,” he added. “It’s also a very proud moment for me to be the first Omani and the first Arab driver to win a championship like this in such a prestigious series. It’s been an amazing year and now we can go to Brands Hatch without any pressure of the championship, so we can focus on fighting harder than ever for two more wins!”

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