AHMAD AND LLOYD GEAR UP FOR BRANDS HATCH CHALLENGE

Just a few days after competing in one of the most challenging races of his motor racing career, Omani race driver Ahmad al Harthy returns to competitive action on August 1-2, with round six of the British GT Championship taking place at the Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit in Fawkham, UK.

Having put in a lot of effort into last weekend’s Total 24 Hours of Spa in Belgium, the blue riband event of the Blancpain Endurance Series, Ahmad has had little time to rest before resuming his British GT campaign.

Ahmad and Oman Racing Team (ORT) have had a very busy few days on their return from Belgium to get ready for action in the Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3.

Going into the latest two-hour British GT race, Ahmad and his teammate Daniel Lloyd are fifth in the championship standings, but lead the Silver Cup classification with a healthy 28.5-point cushion.

Also, ORT, which fields two Aston Martins in the category, heads the teams’ championship.

“It’s been an incredibly busy few weeks for us, first the Spa British GT race, then last weekend’s 24 Hour race and now we are heading to Brands Hatch,” said Ahmad.

“There hasn’t been a lot of time to relax in between. But we are all really looking forward to this spell.”

The Muscat-based racer said, “We are determined to close in on the podium. As we have done well at Brands Hatch in the past, we are feeling quite confident. It will be tough, as it always is in British GT, but we will be bringing the experience we gained from the 24 Hours where the team ran extremely competitively. We need some big points in this race.”

So far in 2015, Ahmad and Lloyd have a best result of second place from round three of the season at Rockingham.

But an unfortunate retirement from race two at Oulton Park in April and a pit-stop mishap during round five at Spa in Belgium have had an impact on their title hopes. Round six could have a pivotal bearing on the season for the team and Ahmad acknowledges the importance of the Brands Hatch weekend.

“It’s not been as straightforward a season as we would have liked,” the Omani race driver said.

“The extra weight we have to carry due to the race rules and the grade of our driver pairing has had a big impact. But we know that our Aston Martin is strong.”