Rob Harper set a new World record in a rip-roaring third round of the 2018/2019 Bahrain Drag Racing Championship, held last week at Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) in Sakhir.
Competing in the Outlaw 6-Cylinder category, the American posted a time of 6.582 seconds during qualifying to reset the World mark for fastest GT-R. Harper set the new standard with an ultra-quick pass down the quarter-mile at a top speed of 373.82kph.
Harper was a member of Alpha Logic team from the UAE.
He was one of a total 152 participants from all over the globe who took part in the meeting, which featured intense battles over 15 categories for both cars and motorbikes.
Unfortunately for Harper, his new record could not translate into a victory the following evening on Race Day. Jassim Ali Al Ali claim that honour by winning the Outlaw 6-Cylinder final.
Another big winner was Hani Hussain, who enjoyed a fantastic double with wins in the Pro Mod and Index 8.5 classes.
Hussain beat Saad Saleh in the Pro Mod final, registering a pass of 4.083s while Saleh’s mark was 4.153s. Then, in the Index 8.5 division, he had a time of 8.558s in the final round, defeating Jassim Mohammed and his time of 8.865s.
Ali Abdulla won the Street 4 and 6 category with a time of 9.263s. He beat Mohammed Al Jlahma, who had a time of 9.732s.
Bader Dashti won the Outlaw FWD class. He had a pass of 8.405s, beating the 8.928s of Jassim Ali.
Mohammed Hussain won the Super Street 6-Cylinder division with a time of 8.190s. He defeated Ali Adel.
Mohammed Suleman had a narrow triumph in the Street V8 category, clocking a mark of 7.463s. it was just over two-tenths of a second quicker than Salah Salahuddin, who had a pass of 7.676s.
Hussain Akbar won the Super Street V8 category with a time of 4.440s. He beat Majed Al Harbi, who had a mark of 4.794s.
Mohammed Salama was then the winner in the Competition 4.5 class, while Ali Abdulrahman won the Index 10.5 class. He beat Ebrahim Khalil in the final.
Mohammed Jawad triumphed in the Index 9.5 category, beating Jaber Ahmed.
Amongst the bikers, Jehad Aljamal beat Waleed Albadeen in the final.
Bader bin Eidan triumphed in the Street Bikes class defeating Mousa Al Buloshi.
Mishari Al Turki was first amongst those in the Super Street Bikes. He beat Mothana Abu Thiab.
Following all the races, the winners were presented their respective trophies by officials from BIC, the Bahrain Motor Federation, the Bahrain Drag Racing Club and the Bahrain Motorcycle Club.
The 2018/2019 championship features five rounds in all. Action returns to BIC for round four, scheduled from February 19 to 23, and then the season finale will be held from February 26 to March 2.