MUSCAT: Oman’s racing sensation Ahmad Al Harthy returned home with his richly deserved Blancpain Endurance Cup Pro-Am championship trophy which he received at glittering ceremony in Las Vegas.
At a special ceremony hosted by H.E. Sheikh Saad Al Saadi, Minister of Sports Affairs, Ahmad showcased the Blancpain Endurance ProAm driver and team championships titles.
Returning to the Pro-Am class this year, having made history by winning the championship in 2017, Al Harthy got the season off to a successful start with Eastwood and Yoluc by finishing a wet opening round at Monza in Italy in third position.
Racing to second place in round two at Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit in the UK, Oman Racing then made it a hat-trick of podium results with third position in the six-hour ‘into the night’ race in France at Paul Ricard in Le Castellet.
Then, at the blue riband twice-round-the-clock Total 24 Hours of Spa in Belgium, Al Harthy, Eastwood and Yoluc were joined by Nicki Thiim for the biggest race of the year and the quartet absolutely starred in a rain-impacted contest to take Oman Racing’s first ever victory in the event.
Carrying the Pro-Am championship lead into the season finale in Barcelona, Spain, the Aston Martin squad ensured a magnificent and monumental achievement by wrapping-up the drivers’ title with a second place finish, taking the crown by 34 points, and also the team crown for a double success.