(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Oman's ace racer Ahmad al Harthy will begin his second year of endurance racing with a switch from Porsche to Aston Martin.
The 32 year old confirmed in a statement on Saturday that he will drive the Aston Martin Vantage GT3 for the UK-based Motorbase Performance Team.
Ahmad was a key driver in Motorbase Performance's strong display in the British GT?Championship last year. Motorbase had decided in December that it will switch to Aston Martin Vantage GT3s for the 2014 British GT as well as a maiden Blancpain Endurance Series campaign.
''This is a huge thing for me, I am absolutely thrilled to be racing an Aston Martin this year and to continue the fantastic relationship with Motorbase,'' said Ahmad. ''Last year was incredibly enjoyable, and quite successful, too. But we feel we are moving things up a gear by switching to Aston Martin.
''The Vantage GT3 is an amazing car, it is incredible to drive, very comfortable and its performance is superb. I had my first run in the car at Brands Hatch, UK in December. We were in Portimao, Portugal a few weeks ago for an Aston Martin test. We had a useful time there. Last week, we were at Paul Ricard, France for two days. Testing has been great so far.''
Ahmad had impressed during the British GT series last year. Along with 2012 British GT champion Michael Caine, the duo claimed two race victories en route to ending the season fifth in the overall standings.
The move to Aston Martin marks the start of a new challenge for Ahmad and Motorbase Performance, according to team principal David Bartrum. ''It is fantastic that Ahmad has chosen to continue racing with us at Motorbase this year. We built a great working relationship in British GT last season,'' said Bartrum.
''I was impressed with his level of performance in his first season in GT. He will be stronger this year. Ahmad's move to Aston Martin marks the start of a new challenge for Motorbase. The Vantage is a competitive car and we are confident we can hit the ground running.
''It is obviously a big change for Ahmad, too, after several years of racing in Porsches. But testing so far has been positive.''
Prior to his graduation into endurance racing last year, Ahmad won the Pro-Am1 title in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship in 2012 - marking a three-year tenure in the category, during which he had 14 race wins and 34 podium fin