News: Oman’s Ahmed Al Harthy appointed as Aston Martin brand ambassador for Middle East and North Africa

News: Oman’s Ahmed Al Harthy appointed as Aston Martin brand ambassador for Middle East and North Africa
left to right are: Sheikh Al Muhannad Al Hashar, Neil Slade, Ahmad Al Harthy and Sultan Al Kharusi

left to right are: Sheikh Al Muhannad Al Hashar, Neil Slade, Ahmad Al Harthy and Sultan Al Kharusi

Oman’s most successful motor racing export, Blancpain Endurance Series and Avon Tyres British GT Championship competitor Ahmad Al Harthy, has today been appointed as brand ambassador for Aston Martin Middle East and North Africa.

Not only underlining the Muscat 33-year-old’s status and his strong links with the hugely successful global automotive brand, the high-profile partnership also highlights Aston Martin’s support of the Omani’s endurance racing career.

Additionally, the new appointment acknowledges the role Ahmad and the Oman Racing Team – with whom he competes across mainland Europe and in the UK – play in helping to promote Aston Martin at home and abroad.

“We are absolutely delighted to confirm Ahmad’s appointment as brand ambassador”, said Neil Slade, General Manager of Aston Martin Middle East and North Africa, “He is a major sporting role model in Oman and the Middle East [just last week awarded Oman Sportsman of the Year 2014] and his association with Aston Martin over the past couple of years through his motor racing makes this partnership the perfect fit.

“We have many plans for a variety of activations in the region, in which Ahmad will be centrally involved, and we will, of course, be closely following Ahmad’s season in the Blancpain Endurance Series and British GT Championship. We’re looking forward to a mutually rewarding partnership.”

Alongside regular promotional work with Aston Martin in the Middle East and North Africa, Ahmad will also help to fly the flag for the brand on a day-to-day basis on the roads of Oman behind the wheel of brand new Aston Martin Vanquish.

One of the Omani’s sponsors for a second year now is Al Hashar Group. The pioneering Al Hashar Group represents Aston Martin in Oman and has over 40 years’ experience in the automotive business. The group’s Chairman, Sheikh Al Muhannad Al Hashar, says Ahmad’s new role as brand ambassador with the manufacturer is a major source of pride for Oman and the region.

“We are extremely proud of our association with, and support of, Ahmad this year and his increased involvement with Aston Martin is very important”, he said, “The additional promotion for Aston Martin which his brand ambassador role will bring to the Middle East will be very welcome. We wish Ahmad every success in his new role.”

For Ahmad himself, the new status is something he is extremely proud of and the international racer says the acknowledgement afforded him by Aston Martin is one of the proudest moments of his sporting career to date.

“We’ve been involved with Aston Martin for a couple of years now in the Blancpain Endurance Series and British GT, but to have been invited to be brand ambassador for such a prestigious and globally renowned manufacturer is something unbelievably special”, he commented.

“I am incredibly proud to have reached a stage in my racing career where I have been given such wonderful recognition. I intend to fulfil the role of brand ambassador for the Middle East and North Africa to the best of my ability, at all times helping to promote Aston Martin and Oman locally, regionally and internationally.”

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1 hr ago

F1

How cool is this?! 😮😍
Drone footage of the new MCL35 - McLaren 👏👏👏
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Just highlights how gash that new final complex is at Barcelona They should go back to the original last 2 corners for better opportunities to overtake after the final turn

A Drone faster than a MCL 🤔 2020 won't be a good year for McLaren..

Really amazing footage, specially at low speed corners at the chicane.. wow !!

Been thinking about why not f1 and others have integrated this yet? Helicopter shots are great but this is another necessary dimension.

SUCH a cool shot! I want more of this!!! That poor McLaren was really waiting on the drone though! 😂

I would love to build a copter that can easily keep up with F1 and shoot proper vid. If someone covers the costs that is 😉

Williams will be green with envy looking at the drone 😁

Drone shots would be good, but what happens when the signal fails and the drone drops on the track. Or theres a mechanical fault and the drone drops on track. Or the battery runs out and the drone drops on track.

That should be a sport! Drones racing around an F1 circuit. Did you see that cornering?

We need this type of footages live on race days. "Wheel to wheel" battles might look cool from this angles...

Drone didn't respect the track limits , 5 sec penalty

Drones are very fast. Especially the ones are custom made can easily catch an F1. Maybe not a full 300kmh but up to 200kmh. All in bling of an eye.

More impressed at the skills of the drone pilot 😂

Fantastic, it would be nice if it were broadcast like that. how exciting that sound. Beautiful MacLaren, and that sound, it's really good to hear

That needs to be how they cover the races on television. That is spectacular and definitely entertaining.

How can a drone keep up with an F1 engine? It's the most advanced technology in the history of the planet...comon...

Carlos driving the McLaren...maybe Lando is driving the drone🤔. McLaren's children are still playing, for sure😃

I vote for drone cameras for the starting grid for lights out!

Think the drone was beyond track limits there...

Ive been flying drones over Open Wheelers for 3 years now. Just finished TRS 2020. We've done both live stream and record for post shows.

Is this a preview of "Formula Drone"

This make it looks slow... keep copter view when skyview is needed

Wow! Would be great if they add this view while broadcasting.

How is this drone keeping up with the speed of a F1 car?! 😮🧐

Paint that Halo BLUE!

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2 hrs ago

24H Series

VORTEX V8 will be joning us again this season! The French team that build their own cars will be joining multiple races this season. The team will join with their Vortex Light V8's at:

🇮🇹: 1x 12H Monza,
🇵🇹: 1x 24H Portimao,
🇫🇷: 2x 9H Paul Ricard,
🇪🇸: 2x 24H Barcelona and
🇮🇹: 2x 12H Imola

Great news coming from France!

#thisisendurance #24HSERIES #12hmonza #24HPORTIMAO #9hpaulricard #24hbarcelona #12himola #24hseries2020
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VORTEX V8 will be joning us again this season! The French team that build their own cars will be joining multiple races this season. The team will join with their Vortex Light V8s at:

🇮🇹: 1x 12H Monza,
🇵🇹: 1x 24H Portimao,
🇫🇷: 2x 9H Paul Ricard,
🇪🇸: 2x 24H Barcelona and
🇮🇹: 2x 12H Imola

Great news coming from France! 

#thisisendurance #24hseries #12HMONZA #24HPORTIMAO #9HPAULRICARD #24HBARCELONA #12HIMOLA #24HSeries2020

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Great news! This little pretty car is a nice presence in series 👍

3 hrs ago

MotoGP

🇯🇵 Suzuki starts from maiden pole!
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🔝 Arbolino edges ahead!

Watch the eventful early exchanges as #Moto3 arrived at Misano in 2019!

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Tutondele papa a foto diaku diambote

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