Bahrain: Saudi driver Mohammed Jawa enjoys podium success in Porsche GT3 support race at Bahrain Formula 1
Bahrain, April 8th 2014-In his first Formula 1 Grand Prix support race, Mohammed was full of excitement, tempered by a little nerves in front of the massive crowd, the atmosphere was electric as the Porsche GT3 Cup exhibition race entertained the Bahrain Gulf Air Grand Prix fans on the circuit’s 10th year anniversary celebration.
With many familiar faces joining the healthy seventeen car grid for the double header weekend, Mohammed was relishing the opportunity to race the GT3 991 car again after making his debut in the Porsche GT3 Cup only 4 weeks prior. This time Mohammed achieved a dream result with his first podium finish during the weekend.
The first race of the weekend saw Mohammed start from P13 on the grid. He got a great rolling start and jumped up to 8th by the first turn, slotting in behind BinLaden.
By lap six however Mohammed lost out to the battles and dropped back to P13 by lap six. With solid determination on lap seven Mohammed gained a position and after a spin by Ender he was up to 11th.
A fierce battle then ensued mid race between drivers Frijns, Al Mutawaa and Ender, and on the last lap an opportunity arose where Mohammed capitalized on the melee by claiming P10 overall and 3rd in the silver class on his last lap, giving him his credible maiden class podium in the Porsche GT3, only four tenths off newly crowned Champion Ashkanani.
“I had great fun, and I understood how to get more out of the 991 and had some great battles. My start was great, as I am used to the rolling starts from my Maseratti and Radical races, I think I got the best out of it. I struggled a little on the opening laps by driving defensive and I lost places. It’s really great to get a podium and I am looking forward to tomorrow’s race in front of the F1 crowd,” commented Mohammed after race 1 on Saturday.
On Sunday at 4:30pm just prior to the Gulf Air Grand Prix, the second race of the weekend took place. Mohammed started the race in P12, and again deployed his skills for a fast start taking several positions into turn one.
Mohammed had used up his allocation of new tyres during the qualifying and so he struggled to find grip on his already worn tires, now he was under pressure from Gianacola over the next two laps, but could not defend and lost a place on lap 3. In a concentrated effort Mohammed continued to preserve his tyres and maintain his position to take 10th place overall and fourth in the silver class, only narrowly missing a second visit to the podium.
“It was another great race filled with excitement but Im a little disappointed as I was hoping to improve on yesterday’s result but I just had no grip left after I used the tyres in Qualifying in the hope for a better grid position. I have learnt a lot this weekend and feel much more relaxed and confident now aboard the 991 GT3.
“I’m now looking forward to next years Porsche GT3 Cup as I plan to do the full season with M-Team and I have a few other things planned this summer to keep me busy. Lastly I would like to thank my sponsors First Jewelry, Interspazio and Seven for the support during this great F1 weekend,” commented Mohammed after the race weekend.