Ahmad Al Harthy is a true genius more than a champion. Genius because he switched from being a little-known circuit racer to a motor racing superstar at a time when the world was going gaga over Formula One champions Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton.
Today, Al Harthy is a name to reckon with. He is arguably the second biggest superstar in the country after Ali Al Habsi. There is no doubt he will leave an everlasting impact on motor-racing circuit once he calls it a day.
Apart from the many championships he has won for the country, the legendary driver’s contribution to sports has been much broader.
Al Harthy’s fascination with sport started at the age of seven when his elder brother took him to a go-kart circuit. His first major reckoning was in 2009 when he became runner-up in the Formula Renault BARC championship in the UK.
Two years later, Al Harthy changed gears when he moved from Formula driver to endurance racer. “Ever since I started I’ve always wanted to become an endurance racer,” he stresses.
Chasing that dream took him, first, to the Porsche Carrera Cup in the UK where he was Pro-Am 1 class champion in 2012 and, then, to a successful stint in the British GT Championship.
Three years later Al Harthy finished runner-up driving alongside Jonny Adam. Their partnership picked up pace in 2016 when the team and drivers moved to the Blancpain GT Series competing in the Pro-Am category of the Endurance Cup aboard an Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3.
In 2017 Al Harthy and Adam switched to the TF Sport squad and were crowned class champions picking up a Pro-Am podium at the Total 24 Hours of Spa along the way. Ever since there has been no looking back for Al Harthy.
If Al Harthy was once Oman’s only major circuit racer, now there are others competing in single-seater and GT categories. “Today there are many and I’m really happy it’s all in strong hands,” he points out.
Al Harthy works in the background to support Oman’s aspiring drivers. “I always want to give back to the country in some way. I always want to train aspiring drivers to ensure they reach on top. When I started there was no one to look up to. I would love to guide these youngsters,” he adds.
“I still have miles to go.Every day is a new day despite what I have achieved…Success is not about fastest laps. It’s all about passion, sincerity and hard work. I always wanted to see my country’s flag flying high and to do that I practised and worked so hard.Ahmad Al Harthy
“Nothing comes easy in life. You have to push yourself to achieve success.You have to push yourself to achieve success,” Al Harthy says.