Shaikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa continued his strong start to the new season of the BIC 2,000cc Challenge after claiming a fine double in round two held Friday.
Having won both races in the season-opener last month, Shaikh Hamad returned to “The Home of Motorsport in the Middle East” and enjoyed a near-perfect weekend in his white Honda Civic hatchback.
Shaikh Hamad moved on to claim the chequered flag after the first 15-lap race in 20:19.686. Karimi driving a yellow Honda CRX followed in second place 7.788s behind, while Ashkanani in a black Honda S2000 was third 8.229s back.
Abdulrahman Ghuloom (black/blue Civic) finished fourth, Raed Himmo (white Honda CRX) fifth, and Alex Longden (white BMW 3 Series/F20C) sixth. Challenge returnees Stephen Kellogg (black Civic) and Tim Birkin (white Honda Integra) rounded out the race one classification.
Karimi clocked the race’s fastest lap of 1:20.196.
In race two, Shaikh Hamad had a five-second gap ahead of Karimi before the session was red-flagged. Ashkanani was third, Himmo fourth, Birkin fifth and Kellogg sixth. Shaikh Hamad had the fastest lap in race two of 1:19.970.
“I’m very happy to get the two wins tonight. The more points the better. I’ve always wanted to start the season collecting a good number, so this time I’m really happy and honoured to be doing it. I’m also very pleased with where we are at with my car. If you compare it to last year, we were always fixing it because we kept having mechanical problems. This year is different. I have the liberty to actually tune it and to find new areas I can further develop, so I’m lucky to have that now and hopefully we can continue this way the rest of the championship.” Shaikh Hamad