Shaikh Salman bin Isa bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa won both races in dramatic fashion to extend his lead on the championship standings.
In race one, Shaikh Salman started in the front row alongside pole-sitter and brother Shaikh Hamad bin Isa bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa. Driving identical Honda CIVIC challengers, the pair were well ahead of the rest of the pack, engaged in an exciting head-to-head battle for first place over the opening half of the 12-lap sprint.
But a small mistake from Shaikh Hamad gave Shaikh Salman just enough room to seize the lead. He eventually went on to win in a total race time of 15 minutes 43.911 seconds. Shaikh Hamad had to settle for the runner-up spot only 0.792 seconds, while Alex Longden in a BMW 3 Series/F20C was third 24.495secs back.
Tim Birkin in a Honda Integra was classified fourth, Stephen Kellogg in a Honda CIVIC fifth, Lee Stones in a Renault Clio sixth, Tareq Al Tajer in a Ford Focus was seventh and Hussain Karimi in a Honda CRX finished eighth.
“It was a nice first race – Hamad and I were evenly matched. He got pole and we were neck and neck for the first six or so laps, but then he missed a braking point and went wide so I took the opportunity and passed him.” - Shaikh Salman
In race two, Shaikh Salman had a more convincing victory after taking over as leader. The former 2,000cc champion took the chequered flag in 16:13.950, with Birkin in second place 1.364secs back and Stones in third trailing by 1:05.413.
Shaikh Hamad had a mechanical problem and had to drop out of the race, while Karimi, Longden and Kellogg were also not classified.
“I had a clean second race. The car was fast, and I took my time. It took me a few laps to get first position as the others were really tough to pass.
“It feels great to extend my championship lead. There are four rounds left, and hopefully we can win the title this year.” - Shaikh Salman
Round five of the 2015/2016 BIC 2,000cc Challenge will be on February 12, 2016.