2017 Blancpain Endurance Cup: Ahmad confident of good show
Oman Racing’s Ahmad al Harthy is confident that his team has prepared as strongly as possible for the qualifying race of the 2017 Blancpain Endurance Cup at the Silverstone GP Circuit, after a trouble-free run during free practice and pre-qualifying.
Arriving on UK shores for round two of the campaign holding the Pro-Am championship lead, after a win during the season-opener in Monza, Italy last month, Ahmad and teammate Jonny Adam got the Silverstone weekend off to a good start over Friday-Saturday.
During the opening 'bronze test' on Friday, Ahmad steered the No 97 Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 to the third quickest time, and in Saturday’s free practice, the Muscat-based racer rocketed to the top of the timesheets with a best lap of two minute, 00.51 seconds - four tenths of a second quicker than anyone.
Focusing thereafter on set-up work for the three-hour race, Ahmad and Adam didn’t push for a representative time in pre-qualifying in order to fine tune the Oman Racing car for the all-important final qualifying session.
“Everything has gone really well so far,” said Ahmad. “We had a good run on Friday, then we had a very good first test session on Saturday. We decided to push and see what we could get out of the car. We then worked on the set-up for the rest of that session.
“In pre-qualifying, we focused on the race pace, making small changes, and I think we’re in a strong position for both qualifying and the race.
“Obviously, we’re carrying a strong momentum from Monza to Silverstone. So hopefully, we can do it when it matters this weekend.”