Double Winner Al Harthy Targeting More Success At Snetterton‏ GT

Snetterton 300 Circuit in the Norfolk countryside will provide the latest challenge for Ahmad Al Harthy and the Oman Racing Team this coming weekend, 21st/22nd June, when rounds five and six of the ultra-competitive Avon Tyres British GT Championship take place.Fresh from a truly sensational victory during the biggest race meeting of the season, the three-hour ‘Silverstone 500’ a fortnight ago at the home of the British Grand Prix, the Muscat racing driver and English team-mate Michael Caine go into the Snetterton weekend third in the championship.Only 4.5 points shy of the current series leaders, the Oman Racing Team drivers, who also claimed victory in the first race of the year at Oulton Park in Cheshire, are enjoying a fantastic season so far with their Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3.Having proven their status as genuine title contenders, the Oman Air, Oman Ministry of Tourism, Oman Ministry of Sports Affairs, Nawras, National Bank of Oman and Al Hashar Group/Aston Martin Oman supported duo will be aiming high again a few days from now.“We can’t wait to be back in action at Snetterton, it’s been a fantastic year so far for us in British GT and after the Silverstone win we’ve shown how competitive we can be in longer endurance races as well as the shorter 60-minute races”, commented Ahmad.“Silverstone was definitely our biggest, and best, win yet and we’re quicker and more competitive every time we’re in the car. To be in the top three of the championship as we reach the halfway point of the season is exactly where we need to be and where we hoped we’d be.”This weekend’s visit to Snetterton marks a return for Ahmad to the scene of his debut British GT victory, which came during the corresponding fixture last season as team-mate to Caine at the wheel of a Porsche 997 GT3.As past winners at the 2.97-mile track, hopes are realistically high for two strong performances on Sunday in the pair of one-hour contests, after which there will only be four races remaining in the 2014 British GT season.“This is an extremely important part of the season, we’ve managed to score in each race so far and it’s vital to keep that run going – any lost ground at this stage could have a big impact”, said the 32-year-old Omani, “Having won at Snetterton last year, it only adds to the confidence knowing we can be competitive and hopefully challenging at the front again at the weekend.”Following two 60-minute free practice sessions on Saturday, 21st June, qualifying for rounds five and six of the Avon Tyres British GT Championship season will begin at 16.40. On Sunday, 22nd June, the first race will get underway at 11.40 with the second encounter starting at 16.25.Provisional 2014 Avon Tyres British GT Championship Driver Standings (after Rd4):3rd Ahmad Al Harthy & Michael Caine, 70pts