Shaikh Salman bin Isa bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa and Mohamed Faqihi claimed a victory apiece in an exciting fourth round of the BIC 2,000cc Challenge, held on Saturday as part of National Race Day at Bahrain International Circuit.
Shaikh Salman started the day off on a high note, topping the timesheet in practice and then capturing pole position for race one with a best qualifying lap time of one minute 17.255 seconds in his white Honda CIVIC.
The defending champion continued his fine form in race one, getting off to a clean start to maintain his advantage ahead of a chasing pack that included Faqihi , also in a white CIVIC, and Raed Himmo in a black CIVIC.
But nearly midway through the race, Faqihi and Himmo could not continue eventually leading to their non-classification.
Shaikh Salman went on to secure a pole-to-flag victory in comfortable fashion in 17:40.552. Lee Stones took advantage of the opportunity and finished as the runner-up in his BMW 3 Series/F20C. He was a distant 41.221 seconds behind.
Martyna Al Qassab was third to become the first-ever lady driver to finish on the podium in the history of the BIC 2,000cc Challenge. She was 1:21.341 back in her silver Renault Clio.
Ramzi Al Qassab in a silver CIVIC, Michael Priester in a white Honda CRX and Mohammed Janahi in a Red Mini Cooper Works rounded out fourth through sixth place, respectively.
In race two, Faqihi did well to battle from his starting position on the fourth and final row alongside Himmo, with Janahi and Priester forming the front two.
Shaikh Salman, starting from sixth, was forced out of the race after three laps and Faqihi took over as the leader. He won in 18:15.522.
Stones enjoyed his second podium of the day with another second-place finish, just 2.978s behind Faqihi. Himmo earned the final podium spot 4.679s back. Janahi and Martyna rounded out the top five.