Shaikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa made his title ambitions known by claiming an impressive double in an historic event that featured the series’ first-ever races held under BIC’s state-of-the-art track lighting system.
Shaikh Hamad registered a total winning time of 20 minutes 49.652 seconds – a comfortable 23.554 seconds ahead of Karimi in a Honda CRX. Ghuloom, driving a Honda CIVIC, was 33.819s back in third to complete the podium.
Pole-sitter Raed Himmo (Honda CRX), Ashkanani and Salahuddin were classified fourth through sixth, respectively, while Alex Longden (BMW 3 Series/F20C) completed just seven laps and was not classified.
“I didn’t expect to take these positions to start the season.Some cars were quicker than me, but reliability helped me win in the end. I’m very happy with the points, and I can’t ask for more.” Shaikh Hamad
Race two was more of a straightforward victory for Shaikh Hamad, with Salahuddin and Himmo not being able to start and Ashkanani retiring after five laps.
Shaikh Hamad took the chequered flag in 20mins 48.512secs, while Ghuloom was the runner-up 4.288s behind. Karimi finished third 16.730s back, while Longden completed those classified in fourth.
Shaikh Hamad was thrilled with racing under floodlights for the first time in the BIC 2,000cc Challenge in eight seasons.
There are six rounds in all in the 2014/2015 season of the BIC 2,000cc Challenge. Round two will be held on November 7, followed by the third meeting on December 19, which will mark the last of the calendar year.
Round four will then usher in 2015 on January 16. The season’s fifth and penultimate round is then slated for February 6, while the championship finale will be held on March 6.