Ahmad Al HarthyPorsche Carrera Cup GB Championship Pro-Am 1 points leader Ahmad Al Harthy will start both of today’s races at Donington Park from the class pole position after an exceptionally strong performance in qualifying at the East Midlands track yesterday afternoon, Saturday, 14th April.

Beginning the event with a time-topping Pro-Am 1 run during official testing on Thursday, 12th April, the Oman Air Racing Team driver headed both sessions and finished the day comfortably clear of his nearest rival – 0.4 seconds to the good in fact.

In Saturday’s all-important 30-minute qualifying period, the Muscat 30-year-old again set the pace and produced a best time of 1m07.443 seconds (105.63mph) on his second set of tyres to seal the round three Pro-Am 1 pole position by just over 0.2 seconds.

With excellent consistency as always, Ahmad’s second fastest time of 1m07.662 seconds also gave him the class pole for round four meaning he has the best possible chance at Donington today to increase his advantage at the top of the Pro-Am 1 championship standings.

“We had a very tough first run, the traffic wasn’t kind to me but at the same time I couldn’t put the lap together at the right time”, said the Oman Air, Oman Ministry of Sports Affairs, Oman Ministry of Tourism, Nawras, National Bank of Oman and Muscat Eye Laser Centre-backed racer, “We knew what we had to do on the second set of tyres though and got the pole positions so I’m really happy.

“It’s great to keep this level of performance up, now we are starting on pole I just need a good start and to stay out of trouble and drive well. Everything has gone right so far this weekend, we were quick in the test on Thursday too, so now we just need the races to go well. Donington is the sort of place where you need to be smooth, hopefully we will be and two good results will follow.”

Round three of the 2012 Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship will take place at 10.00 today, Sunday, 15th April, with round four following at 15.40 – the second of the two races will be screened live in the UK on ITV4, on ITV4 HD and with simultaneous online streaming at www.itv.com/btcc

Keep up to speed with Ahmad’s 2012 progress at his official website www.ahmadalharthy.com follow him on Twitter @AlHarthyRacing or visit the Ahmad Al Harthy Facebook fan page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ahmad-Al-Harthy/111700892183537

2012 Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship Pro-Am 1 Driver Standings (after Rd2):
1st Ahmad Al Harthy, 15pts

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.