Shaikh Hamad triumphed in both races of round three in the 2014/2015 BIC 2,000cc Challenge and maintain his perfect start to the season.
After setting the pace in free practice with a best lap of 1min 19.131secs in his Honda CIVIC, the veteran racer lost out on pole position for the meeting’s first race by a mere 0.219secs. Hussain Karimi captured pole in his Honda CRX with a best lap time of 1min 18.983secs.
Shaikh Hamad’s responded with a stellar performance in the opening 15-lap sprint where he narrowly outclassed Karimi by 1.552secs. He took the chequered flag in a total race time of 19mins 58.238secs. He also clocked the race’s fastest lap of 1min 18.746secs.
Shaikh Hamad and Karimi were in a class of their own throughout the event, engaged in a heated battle while completing the race nearly a half-minute ahead of their closest rival Tim Birkin. Birkin, driving a Honda Integra, finished third to claim the final podium place for the race 29.699secs adrift.
Abdulrahman Ghuloom (Honda CIVIC, +30.871secs), Alex Longden (BMW 3 Series/F20C, +32.545secs), Mohamed Faqihi (Honda CIVIC, +14 laps) and Stephen Kellogg (Honda CIVIC, +41.980secs) rounded out the classification.
In Race Two, Shaikh Hamad enjoyed a more comfortable victory, completing the distance in 20mins 10.237secs, while registering the fastest lap of 1min 18.883secs. Karimi followed as the runner-up 10.862secs behind, while Ghuloom clinched the final podium step 28.035secs from first place.
Birkin (+37.599secs), Longden (+54.006secs), Raed Himmo (Honda CRX, +1:16.357) and Faqihi (+14 laps) completed the finishing order. Kellogg was not classified with just nine laps completed.