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News 2013: More points for Oman Air Motorbase

August 12th

Ahmad Al Harthy Brands Hatch

Ahmad Al Harthy, Michael Caine and Oman Air Motorbase maintained their unrivalled points' scoring record in this year's Avon Tyres British GT Championship during round seven, a two-hour race at Brands Hatch on Sunday (11 August).

Despite carrying a massive 130kg penalty on their Porsche 911 GT3R due to the driver grading system, the Oman Air team battled from 20th place on the grid to finish seventh and keep their overall title bid hopes alive.

More points for Oman Air MotorbaseThe car struggled for outright pace in qualifying due to the weight penalty, but the team and drivers were confident of being able to deliver more speed and performance in race conditions. Al Harthy took the opening stint and made excellent early progress to battle into the top 15 by lap 10. Inside another 10 laps, Ahmad had forged the Motorbase car into the top 10 before handing over to Caine at mid-distance.

However, there was drama as the pit stop arrived as a small fire had started at the left rear of the car as a result of damage sustained in contact at Druids early in the race. Some quick work by the team had the fire out and the car ready to go again within the regulation pit stop window.

After the driver-change, Caine continued the excellent work to bring the car home in seventh place to keep the perfect points' scoring record intact and the Motorbase car in fifth place in the championship with three races left to run.

More points for Oman Air Motorbase

"The race was certainly a lot better than qualifying", said Al Harthy. "It was a very challenging race, I couldn't take any risks and our strategy was to overtake as much as possible without making any contact.

"Luckily, we didn't lose any time with the small fire as it came about close to my pit window. The team did a great job in the pit-stop but then Michael had a very difficult job in his stint; the weight in the car combined with the drivers he was up against made it very tough. To finish P7 is a great result from where we started. We were very consistent and it was so important to have a strong race. After qualifying it was all about damage limitation so, overall, I'm delighted."

Rounds eight and nine of the Avon Tyres British GT Championship will be at Zandvoort (NL) over the weekend of 7/8 September.