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News 2013: Oman Air Motorbase takes top 10 at Silverstone

June 3rd

Another strong points finish

Ahmad Al Harthy, Michael Caine and Oman Air Motorbase scored a top 10 finish at Silverstone on Sunday (27 May) in the fourth round of 2013 Avon Tyres British GT Championship.

Carrying a massive 75kg penalty on their Porsche 911 GT3R due to the driver grading system, Al Harthy and Caine battled up from 17th on the huge 46-car grid and had to contend with an organiser error during a pace car period that cost them a lap.

A week later (2 June), Ahmad was back at Silverstone to contest a round of the Blancpain Endurance Series and emerged with victory in the GTR class after a tough three-hour race with the ARC Bratislava-NBO Racing Team. With a test day at Snetterton with the Motorbase squad between the two Silverstone races, it has been a very busy period for the Oman racer, who continues to learn all about GT racing.

Al Harthy and Caine continued their unbroken run of points finishes during round three of the Avon Tyres British GT Championship during an action-packed three-hour encounter. In a race affected by multiple Safety Car periods, they stayed out of trouble for the duration and only a late stop/go penalty prevented a potential top six finish on the 3.66-mile Grand Prix circuit.

Safety car issues"It was a race full of excitement", said Ahmad. "Due to so many Safety Car periods, with people running very different strategies, it was a tough race. We want results, we believe our pace deserves results, but it was unfortunately a day where some things out of our control got in the way. The penalty near the end was crucial in costing us a few positions but, overall, it was a good weekend."

"The safety car picked up the wrong driver and didn't wave us by and we lost a lap because of that," said team boss David Bartrum. "I went to see the race director, but he was adamant that he was right. After the race, he had another look at it and realised that he was wrong, but there was nothing he could do about it. Then we had a stop/go penalty when the pit stop was a fraction too short. So we ended up ninth, but we were the only surviving Porsche after the accidents for the three Trackspeed cars."

"Racing at Silverstone in British GT really helped prepare me for the Blancpain race, and that was a big consideration for us when we made our plans for this season," said Al Harthy. "Now we have our first win, hopefully there are more to come!"

The Oman Air Motorbase team will now focus on round four of the British GT Championship at Snetterton on 15/16 June.