AHMAD RETURNS TO GT3 CUP CHALLENGE MIDDLE EAST

By: L-R: Vijay Rao, K Rajaram and Ahmed al Harthy

Omani racing star Ahmad al Harthy confirmed on Tuesday that he is all geared up to return to the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East for the upcoming 2014-15 season with reigning champion team Al Nabooda Racing.

The 33 year old racer will return to Porsche for the 12-round competition after being named by Dubai-based Al Nabooda. He will team up with Austrian driver Clemens Schmid. K Rajaram, CEO of Al Nabooda Automobiles, and Vijay Rao, the team manager, announced the Schmid-Ahmad pairing for the new season at a press meet on Tuesday.

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A file picture of the Al Nabooda Racing Team car in action

Ahmad, who replaces Karim al Azhari in the Al Nabooda team, previously competed in the Porsche GT3 Cup series in 2011-12 season in which he finished sixth overall despite making only a limited number of appearances.

He scored his maiden race win in the series that season at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit. Ahmad was part of the Oman Racing Team that won the teams’ title at the 2014 British GT Championship and also dovetailed a front-running programme in the 2014 Blancpain Endurance Series with Aston Martin.

Ahmad has tasted success in Porsche cars, having won the Pro-Am1 title in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship in the United Kingdom in 2012. Having spent the past two years competing in endurance racing where he has been contesting in two, three, six and 24-hour races, Ahmad will need to adjust to sprint racing. The Omani race driver is confident that he will be back in the groove in quick time.

“It’s great to be part of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East once again. It’s fantastic to be part of such a successful team as Al Nabooda Racing,” he said on Tuesday.

“With my European season already completed, we didn’t have any plans to race over the next few months, but this opportunity will give me more track time and experience. I am really looking forward to it.”

“Having been approached by the team to race alongside Clemens is a real honour. He’s a top quality driver and I am confident that we can secure some strong results and help Al Nabooda achieve its aim of winning the team championship.” Season six of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East will begin at the Bahrain International Circuit on November 14-15.

SOURCE: MUSCAT DAILY