Oman’s premier racing driver Ahmad Al Harthy today, Wednesday, 15th February, launched his exciting 2017 motorsport programme during a special ceremony in the Sultanate – the successful racer confirming participation in the Blancpain Endurance Cup with Oman Racing and Aston Martin.
At the glorious Barr Al Jissah resort in Muscat this morning, 35-year-old Ahmad outlined his full plans for the coming year of motorsport with the headline announcement being a ‘Pro-Am’ title bid in the ultra-competitive Blancpain Endurance Cup which gets underway at Monza, Italy, in April.
Continuing his excellent relationship with globally renowned automotive marque Aston Martin, again piloting an Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3, the Omani will be partnered throughout 2017 by ‘works’ driver Jonny Adam who has been an integral part of Oman Racing for the past two years.
New for this season, the hugely successful Oman Racing entry will be run by reigning British GT champions TF Sport and, in addition to the Blancpain Endurance Cup commitments, the squad will also participate in the Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup support race to the Le Mans 24 Hours in June and also in December’s Gulf 12 Hours in Abu Dhabi.
Team-mates for the longest races of the season, the aforementioned Abu Dhabi contest, the Paul Ricard six-hour in France in late June and the annual Total 24 Hours of Spa in Belgium, will be confirmed in due course.
“This year we celebrate 10 years of Oman Racing and what better way to do that than by revealing our most exciting season yet”, said Ahmad at today’s launch, which marked the first time Oman Racing has conducted a pre-season unveiling with the race car actually present in the Sultanate, “I’m thrilled to be racing with Jonny [Adam] as my team-mate again and, of course, with Aston Martin.
“Oman Racing’s new partnership with TF Sport is the start of a fresh chapter and we’re determined to mount a very strong challenge in Blancpain this year. I am also extremely excited to be taking part in the Le Mans 24 Hours support race and to be returning to the Gulf 12 Hours. I must say a huge thank you to my incredible sponsors for making Oman Racing such a key part of their plans too.”
Scottish racer Adam, who won the 2015 and 2016 British GT Championship drivers titles, also helped Oman Racing to a top four finish in the Pro-Am standings in the Blancpain Endurance Cup last year, including a memorable second place result in round two at Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit.
Commenting on his continuation with Oman Racing, the 32-year-old said: “I’m very happy to be part of Oman Racing’s programme again for 2017 and delighted to be continuing the partnership with Ahmad, which has developed very well over the last couple of years. The Aston Martin Vantage GT3 is a competitive package in the Blancpain Endurance Cup and from the success TF Sport had in 2016, it looks set to be a very exciting year for Oman Racing.”
TF Sport Director Tom Ferrier added: “This is a hugely exciting programme for TF Sport. The Blancpain GT Series is the toughest GT3 platform in Europe and we relish the chance of competing for honours in the Pro-Am class. Ahmad comes with years of experience in the Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 and has proven his mettle in Blancpain over the last few years.
“TF Sport is really looking forward to working with Ahmad and Oman Racing and also exploring the motorsport opportunities that exist in Oman. We have some great partners on board and I am really flattered we have another car in another championship that I believe can bring us more success.”
Source. Marc Orme