(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Oman Air Racing Team driver Ahmad al Harthy, who currently leads the 2012 Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship's Pro-Am1 standings, is aiming for a winning start when the season resumes at Snetterton in Norfolk, UK, on August 11-12 after a seven-week long break.
The 30 year old race driver stands atop the leaderboard in the Pro-Am1 class with 94 points after ten rounds in the first half of the 2012 season, during which he claimed six class victories.
In his last outing in the championship - at North Yorkshire's Croft Circuit in June - Ahmad raced to a double win to go into the midseason break on a high note.
''It is a fantastic feeling to be back racing,'' the Omani racer said. ''The first half of the season was beyond anything we could have wished for - ten podium finishes from ten races and six wins. I couldn't have hoped for anything better.''
Ahmad said, ''We are in an amazing position at the moment with a good lead in the Pro-Am1 championship, but there is still a long way to go.
"The most important thing for us right now is to maintain focus and ensure we keep delivering strong finishes so that we can keep on increasing the gap at the top of the points table.''
During the summer break in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB calendar, Ahmad has been training and working on his fitness.
Last month, the Muscat-based race driver competed in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup during the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, making his second appearance at the event.
The race, however, didn't go well for Ahmad as he had a brush with a rival and had to retire from the race midway.
Looking back at the race in Silverstone, Ahmad said, ''Racing in the Porsche Supercup is always fantastic. The level you have to compete at is very high, it teaches you so much.
Obviously, not finishing was disappointing, but I learnt a lot and that can only be beneficial for me in my bid for the Porsche Carrera Cup GB Pro-Am1 title.
''I know my team will give me a great car at Snetterton. We need to make sure we qualify strongly and finish with two strong results.
"Two wins would be nice. It would protect and, hopefully, increase our championship lead.''
Pre-event testing for the competitors will take place on August 10. The qualifying for rounds 11 and 12 will take place on August 11, while the main race is slated for Augus