Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup: Oman Racing finishes sixth
Oman Racing team of Ahmad al Harthy, Jonny Adam and Salih Yoluc concluded their 2017 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup campaign with a sixth-place finish in the final round of the series at the Catalunya de circuit in Barcelona, Spain, on Sunday.
Having already secured the Pro-Am title ahead of the race, the team had hoped to finish on podium as they had achieved in the previous four rounds. However, it was not to be. as the team had to settle for a sixth-place with the consolation of adding points to their tally.
Barwell Motorsport took home the Pro-Am Cup win with its Lamborghini driven by Patrick Kujala, Hunter Abbott and Martin Kodric.
Having started the race second in Pro-Am and ninth on the overall grid, thanks to Adam’s best time in final qualifying earlier in the day, Yoluc began the three-hour race in the Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 but an action-packed first quarter of an hour resulted in a slip back to eighth in Pro-Am.
Following a safety car period, the Oman Racing entry was edged back to ninth in class before Yoluc pitted ahead of the one-hour mark to hand over to Ahmad. The Omani worked his way up to seventh before a contact hampered his speed and he handed to Scottish racer Adam for the final hour at eighth spot.
Adam raced through into the top six to help salvage a good result for the championship winners. The organisers later invited the Pro-Am class winners, Ahmad and Adam, on the podium during the presentation ceremony
“It was a very tough race for us but we battled hard throughout, to come home with P6 is a respectable way to end an absolutely incredible season for Oman Racing”, said Ahmad.
“At the start of the year, if we’d been offered four podiums from five races and the championship we would obviously have taken it. This is one of the toughest championships in the world, certainly the hardest I have ever raced in, and so what we achieved is amazing for all of the sponsors, the supporters back in Oman and everyone who is part of what we do.”
“To have won both Pro-Am titles in my tenth anniversary year is a dream come true,” he said.
Barcelona results: 1 AKKA ASP – Mercedes-AMG GT3 (Tristan Vautier/Felix Serralles/Daniel Juncadella), 2 Team WRT – Audi R8 LMS (Robin Frijns/Jake Dennis/Stuart Leonard), 3 GRT Grasser Racing Team – Lamborghini Huracan GT3 (Andrea Caldarelli/Christian Engelhart/Mirko Bortolotti), 26th Oman Racing – Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 (Ahmad/Adam/Yoluc).
Barcelona Pro-Am results: 1 Barwell Motorsport – Lamborghini Huracan GT3 (Martin Kodric/Patrick Kujala/Hunter Abbott), 2 Rinaldi Racing – Ferrari 488 GT3 (Alexander Mattschull/Rinat Sal-ikhov/Daniel Keilwitz), 3 AKKA ASP – Mercedes-AMG GT3 (Ludovic Badey/Daniele Perfetti/Nico Bastian), 6 Oman Racing – Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3.
Final Pro-Am driver standings: 1 Ahmad/Adam (116 points), 2 Martin Kodric/Patrick Kujala (87), 3 Salih Yoluc (72).
Pro-Am team standings: 1 Oman Racing (116), 2 Barwell Motorsport (88), 3 Black Falcon (63).