(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Omani racer Ahmad al Harthy said he will approach the decisive final round of the British GT Championship at the Donington Park Grand Prix circuit like 'any other race' as the Oman Air Motorbase team makes its last push for the 2013 crown.
Fourth in the overall standings ahead of the two-hour race - just 10.5 points adrift of the championship lead - Ahmad and his teammate Michael Caine are still in with a chance of winning the title.
However, the duo will have to put in extra effort, having settled for the 18th fastest time in qualifying on Saturday with a best lap time of 1m29.761s, thanks to Caine.
The weight penalty for the top-ranked Porsche 997 GT3R notwithstanding, Caine - the reigning British GT champion - extracted all he could from the car at Donington.
''It was tough during the qualifying, but we always knew that would be the case,'' Ahmad said.
''With the extra weight that we have had to carry in the car all season, qualifying pace was always going to be compromised. But then, it is the race pace that is most important. Michael did as much as he could in qualifying. We are okay with where we are starting.''
The duo remains the only line-up in the championship to have collected points in every round so far.
One notable aspect of the 2013 season's concluding round is the scoring system.
The top ten finishers at the race will be awarded with 150 per cent of the points they finish with, which could be a major factor in determining the overall champion.
Ahmad said, ''We spent a lot of time working on our race pace. That is where we are strong. I need to overtake as many cars as I can in my stint, keep away from any trouble and then hand the car over to Michael in good shape.
''We just need to treat this round like any other race, try and score as many points as we can and see what happens.