Abdulrahman Ghuloom captured his first-ever victory in the BIC 2,000cc Challenge on Friday night.
The result ended a long wait that lasted the past six seasons for a chance to step on top of the podium. Now, midway through his seventh year competing in the series, Ghuloom saw his opportunity and did not let it slip away.
Current championship leader Shaikh Hamad stormed to a fine victory in Race One, leading Karimi by a comfortable 4.095secs. Stephen Kellogg, driving the no. 22 black CIVIC, completed the podium in third place 36.163secs back.
Raed Himmo in his no. 72 white CRX, Ghuloom and Longden finished fourth through sixth, respectively.
“My main aim coming here tonight was to get some points. Race One was an easy win for me. In Race Two, after Hussain broke his drive shaft, I had my own car problem, and had to DNF as well. It’s unfortunate. But the good thing is we have identified the problem and we should be completely back for the next round.” Shaikh Hamad
Abdulrahman Ghuloom took the chequered flag in Race Two of the 2014/2015 season’s fifth round. The result ended a long wait that lasted the past six seasons. He was one of only two competitors to finish the 15-lap second sprint. He managed to steer his no. 88 black and blue Honda CIVIC to the chequered flag following a gruelling battle with Alex Longden.
Shaikh Hamad, driving his no. 33 white Honda CIVIC, and Hussain Karimi in his no. 9 yellow Honda CRX, both started the race but each dropped out due to separate car issues.
“This is absolutely the first time I finished in first place and I feel very good about it. I wish there were more cars on the grid, however. But I still had a very tough race with Alex. It was very close between the two of us – bumper to bumper all the way. And after I got the lead for good on lap six, I told myself I was not going to lose this one and that I am going to push with whatever I have.” Abdulrahman Ghuloom
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The BIC 2,000cc Challenge will be back on March 6.