Championship leader Shaikh Salman bin Isa bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa shared the honours with perennial podium contender Hussain Karimi in the fifth round of the BIC 2,000cc Challenge at Bahrain International Circuit.
Shaikh Salman won race one to claim his fifth triumph of the season and stretch his lead in the title hunt, while Karimi took race two to claim his second victory this campaign.
The 2,000cc was held as part of National Race Day at Bahrain International Circuit.
Shaikh Salman took race one in his Honda CIVIC 2.428 seconds in front of Alex Longden in a BMW 3 Series/F20C. The pair were well ahead of the rest of the field, with Raed Himmo also in a CIVIC finishing third 22.601s back. Pole-sitter Karimi (Honda CRX, +35.714s) finished fourth, Lee Stones (Renault Clio, +1:08.795) fifth, Tareq Al Tajer (Ford Focus, +1:16.238) sixth, Michael Priester (CRX, 11 laps) seventh. Abdulla Al Kharaan in a Honda Integra was not classified.
“I started off today with a little bit of brake problems in practice and qualifying but managed to qualify third and then went on to win race one.”
“It’s been a great weekend. I managed to get a win and have a good take in the points, so I still lead the championship by a good amount and will continue working towards claiming the title this season.” – Shaikh Salman
Karimi enjoyed the victory after a good start and had a somewhat comfortable lead of 7.587s ahead of Himmo and 23.191s in front of Longden. Both were claiming their second podiums of the night. Shaikh Salman finished in fourth place 33.999s behind, while Stones (+58.357s), Priester (+1:06.549) and Al Tajer (+1:08.008) completed the final classification.
“It feels good to finally get another win; it’s an addictive feeling and I would like to have that the next round as well.”
“I managed to get the car where I want it to be this round. It was a good win in race two; I was lucky at the start to get a good lead. I managed not to make too many mistakes and was able to maintain that lead through the race duration.” – Hussain Karimi