24H: QMMF backs Amro Al Hamad to contest his 24hr of Zolder debut

24H: QMMF backs Amro Al Hamad to contest his 24hr of Zolder debut


QMMF driver Amro Al Hamad profile

Doha, Tuesday 16th August 2016 –Qatar endurance specialist Amro Al Hamd returns to Zolder circuit this coming weekend to contest one of the most historic long distance races, the 24hrs of Zolder.

Proudly carrying the banner of the Qatar Motor & Motor Cycle Federation, Amro is fully sponsored to contest this round. Mr. Abdul-Rahman Al-Mannai, QMMF President expressed his praise at his achievements in the previous SuperLights race at Zolder.

For this important double points round of the Belcar Championship Amro joins one of the leading teams Bas Koeten Racing, currently lying 3rd overall in the championship points table, and looking to strengthen their grip on the title in their WOLF GB08 car.

Amro, only last month, contested a national SuperLights round in the Belcar Championship in the same car but as a solo driver, where he achieved a highly credible 3rd overall in race 1 and  2nd place in race two  in tricky wet conditions, a testament to his experience in this specialized prototype car and ability to adapt to new circuits quickly.

In this grueling 24hr long distance race, Amro will be joined by experienced co-drivers Stienes Longin, who will be under pressure as his father Bert Longin will be competing in an exact same WOLF GB08 for  a different team. Thomas Piessens, is the youngest team member but with multiple endurance races under his belt in Zolder and Sven van Laere, a Zolder circuit expert for the past 10 years. At least 54 other teams join in the fight alongside them to the flag.

Bas Koeten team lying 3rd in the championship so far

Bas Koeten team lying 3rd in the championship so far

“I met the team during the SuperLights round when I participated with Bas Koeten in the #704 sister car, finishing with two podium trophies even though it was my first time racing at Zolder my lap times were quiet competitive. For this 24hrs race they required a 4th driver who is accustomed to the car so they invited me to join the team and as I had endurance racing experience and also finished the 12 hours of Abu Dhabi on the same car, it seemed a good challenge to compete in the 24hrs with them,” commented Amro.

Amro started making a big impression in the motorsport world after winning the Middle East Radical Championship in the 2013/2014 season, and now in International racing he has six endurance races under his belt, resulting in four podiums including, a 2nd in class at Dubai 24 hours, 1st in Class at 12hrs of Zandvoort, 1st in Class at the Abu Dhabi 12 hours as well as the 2 podiums recently in the SuperLights championship in Zolder in July.

Much praise has to be given to the teams behind such victories and the Bas Koeten team are no exception. The family run team from Holland is managed by brothers duo Jelle and Bas Koeten, who have a vast experience in endurance racing as well as touring cars and rally and notably some of the fastest pit-stops around.

Bas Koeten, Team Manager stated, “We have a big opportunity at winning this endurance race, and we have been working on building the car from the bottom up since the last race event in July. Stienes, Thomas, Sven has proved themselves throughout the season and Amro had great podium results in the SuperLights round in which he participated on our sister car, so we are confident to push for the win.

“It will be a grueling race, no doubt about that. As a team we understand it well and victory will only come to us with a good strategy and team work, I have good faith in the team, we complement each other and we are at a level of professionalism to enable us to snatch the victory,” said Amro.

“I also want to offer enormous thanks to Mr. Abdul-Rahman Al Mannai the President of Qatar Motor & Motor Cycle Federation for his trust in me. I will do my very best to be a good ambassador for our Federation and Qatar, and hope to inspire the younger generations to forge a good future in circuit racing in Qatar and the region,” continued Amro.

The first practice sessions starts on the 18th 19th with qualification on the 20th. The race starts at 16:30pm local time on Saturday 20th and finishing 24hrs later on Sunday at the same time.

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Get well soon Dovi !! ... See Less

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Less than ecstatic after the race 👊

P2 for Marc Márquez on the day but P1 in the championship 💪

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Amazing race by amazing pilots.

I love the whole sportsman ships these racers have for each other, 1 of the reasons to love Motogp ❤

The only time he talks about how good points are for the championship is when he loses in a race for 1st place

What a fantastic young man. So sad that some supposed MotoGP fans can't see beyond their hateful bias against him. Ultimately blamed himself for making a mistake on the last corner, acknowledged Rins race craft for remaining in second, and disappointed that Dovi crashed out - what more do you want?

Congrats MM u did very well fighting off Rins but at the end Rins was the winner. Well deserved win. Lets bounce back with the next race. Sad about Dovi hope he is doing ok.

congratulations Alex Rins you made my day

Well done 42 rins ya dancer 😃😃😃💪👍

He seemed ok to me in that interview. Was a great race from start to finish.

One of the best race ever

MM i Love you 💙



Spoilt child. He was at max for too long and wiped out his tyres, whereas Rins never looked anything other than at ease and riding within himself which kept his tyres fresh so he could get drive out of the final corner. Marc shot his tyres hence why he nearly lost it coming through Woodcote and why he had to throttle back and had no traction.

New era god of MotoGP!



Glad to see mm eat some humble pie

Chris Hill

+ 78 campione ✌💪🏁

Bastien Lukasik Maxence Tout Court Bastien Toucour 1.39min " I TRY TO PUSH !!

There are some very bitter Rossi fans on here lol. Shame for Dovi as that's the championship more or less finished for this year.

Il perd le sourire ? 😂

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What a dramatic start we saw at Silverstone! 😱

Thankfully, Fabio Quartararo and Andrea Dovizioso were able to walk away from this scary crash! 💥

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Hope Dovi will be fine 🤕

That was vicious. No life threatening injuries? Good day. Thank god for quality equipment.

Hope both riders are ok wish them both a speedy recovery

Wishing Dovi a speedy recovery.

Dovi is out of luck this season. So sad to see a competitive rider ruling out of the race.

Absolutely horrific. Was anxious to see if Dovi got up. Thankfully he did. Wishing both riders swift recovery.

I hope Fabio and Dovi are both okay

I was right next to this incident, both Dovi and Fabio were limping as they walked away, hope both are ok, what a fantastic race, Rins and Marc in a dogfight to the end, top day !!

Did anybody know if they have injuries?

Quel dommage pour ces deux superbes pilotes! #20

A very dangerous game yet we love it soooo much. Thanks to all rider who deliver a very competitive race every year. Dovi n Fabio, speed recovery please. I believe anyone who sit on that situation cant avoid hitting the loose bike.

Was scary was right in front of us 😱🏍❤️

Athleticism of MotoGP riders are amazing.. be safe.

Get well soon.. A big thanks to Quart and Dovi, Rossi got the 4th or else he will be 6th 😂

Dovi was lucky to walk away from that .

Hope Dovi is ok and back racing real soon

Dovi lost his memory after the crash.. 😢

I just hope that Dovi is okay that was a terrible thing to watch.

In situations where dovi needs the most points 😱

Never nice to see anyone hit the tarmac that hard. I think it could’ve been a proper scrap at the front if they had both been in the mix

Unlucky that's only an expression thoug ☺ but they're desire a luck to fulfilling their achievement

Why did his bike catch fire, very unusual. Just one of those things.

Any update news from medic about dovi's situation?

The problem started with Rins who had to brake and almost lost The front.

Both walking away? Dovi was on the brancard and in the hospital.

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"I've beaten two legends: Rossi in Texas and Marquez today" - Alex Rins

Hear his reaction after his impressive last corner win yesterday! 🏆

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Well done for a well deserved win! But to be a real champion, you Need to be the best more consistently.

Rins, you were great, you got everything out of the bike. in the curves you were flying with Suzuki. You are always in our hearts, great champion.

Spectacular effort, congratulations on an awesome win.

A fantastic demonstration of race craft by Rins. A brilliant race. Congratulations.

You are so beautiful, Amy

Well done mate a great ride.

Congratulations to Rins and Suzuki can’t wait to see the Suzuki boys at Phillip island 🌴

A superb race Alex. Once more, Congratulations. You certainly deserve them. A remarkable finish and fight till the finish line. This is what Moto GP should be all about. Great job 😉

A fantastic rider with an amazing machine!!! Congratulations Álex Rins!!!


Congrats Alex!!

Be great to see suzuki up near the top👍. He's a talented rider.

So, MM can be beaten at his own game. Every dog has its day.

Félicitations. Superbe dépassement dans le finish. Moi j'adore le regarder car il a un style de pilotage assez particulier. Il est très droit sur la moto. On a l'impression qu'il force pas. 😁

Good to see marquez not on the top step this time. Congratulations Rins! Shame for Dovi.

One fact he gracefully accepts there are only two legends on the current grid: "I've beaten two legends: Rossi in Texas and Marquez today"

Credit where it's due, great ride. The Suzuki is where Yamaha should be.


Congratulations Rins👏👏💪

You are amazing and i mean not only as a rider but as a person TODA GAS

Love this guy so honest not like MM93

And the coverage kept showing the yamaha pit why

During the race Rin's was definitely by far the better rider💪🏼+ the bike Suzuki performed well under pressure 🔥..

Yamaha m1, factory team need to replace Rossi, to progress, That's from a top Rossi fan.

Il lui as mis sa dose au Marquez. 2 gp de suite qu'il se fait cramer 😂😂😂 #marqueznecongelepluslecarburant

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I would say Williams for the most reliability and focused pit crew. They're only left to improve on pace.

I'm a Mercedes fan but have to say McLaren have done an amazing job this year considering their performance over the last few years.

McLaren has impressed the most because last season they where horrible and now they are best of the rest. Also Red Bull and Honda seem to be a nice match, would love to see Max finish what Jos started with Honda. Most disappointing this season are Haas and Renault. Renault because they wanted to close the gap to the top 3, but right now they are 6th. And they are the only unreliable engine in the field right now. Haas is having a horrible season, they seem to be getting worse during the season instead of improving.

Good to see that McLaren is performing well. I'm sure the team's ability to improve will be remarkable with every race from now on.

Must say McLaren, with the team spirit that they have, and results they managed to achieve... Definitely my favourites this season.

Williams have had the worst start to an F1 team in history. And I think with their tiny budget and willpower, the amount they’ve improved is impressive. They’re still far behind but I hope to see them fighting for podiums in 2021

If Bruce was still here he would be proud of his team. Mclaren improved the most.

McLaren. Consistent development and improvement over the season so far. Alfa Romeo has been somewhat of a surprise also.

Being on top is one thing but staying at the top is the art of the game. Kudos to Mercedes for getting it right so far.... #WeMakeItLookEasy

Ferrari have been the most impressive, from being the slowest manufacturer in 2014 to being a reasonable threat and smashing McLaren and Williams comprehensibly. McLaren and Williams should just pack their bags and go home, Ferrari have nailed their coffin shut and it can be considered karma for their various indiscretions in 1990 (senna wiping out prost), 1994, 1997 (Villeneuve incident), 1998, 1999, 2007 (spygate), 2008... The British public couldn't care less about McLaren or Williams they only support whatever "British" team is winning, in this case Mercedes

I’m super impressed with Toro Rosso, hard to believe this is the old Minardi team where both their drivers exceeded all expectations!!

Ferrari fan for life, but McLaren have done an incredible job so far, considering how far back they were

Redbull and Honda engineering. The aerodynamic has been sorted and the engine now also reliable. Watch that space, they could challenge for the title next year!

None the sport is finished and I've followed the sport since the early 80s

Mclaren, they have made a huge turn around this season. With andreas seidl at the helm, the only place they re going is up

Hi F1 and fans .... with all the media attention to the envirement and green thinking etc etc etc. Is there a research or developement posted in any magizine about the developemt of how clean the F1 is today. We all know that all top research of F1 is implemented in the modern cars but i like to read how clean F1 is now in 2019 .. 👍

McLaren (and I'm faraway from being a fan! If there was a person I didn't like in Formula 1, that person was Ron Dennis). Anyway I'm glad to see them finally getting together again and mainly without supposed big shot drivers who can't do nothing but complain! Now they need to find a good engine because with Renault it will be near impossible to go any further...

McLaren is the most impressive.. Mercedes just has luck week after week.. Hoping Ferrari will get their things together for the second half..

Red Bull / HONDA‼️ Young Max may be awesome, but so is the way Red Bull has adapted to Honda’s engine. The last 2 years of griping about the Renault power plant is (almost) justified...

Haas, they have surprised me on how bad they are this year. Compared to last year this year has been terrible. They were fighting Renault for top of the mid pack, this year they are fighting for points at all.

And yet no Ferrari or anyone else 1st with the exception of RB. Hybrid era is killing with the beyond dominance of Merc being so far ahead of everyone else’s pace. Some competition would be nice! Don’t give me that bullshit of everyone should bring it to the table, there’s some crazy advantage behind the scene that you Merc fanboys don’t know about. Yawn.

It would be nice to see Mclaren back up there permanently fighting for the title. Always was a fan

the gap between top three teams and the rest is too much

Quite a gap between 3rd and 4th also between 10th and racing cars.

Williams been sandbagging the first half of the season just to give the others a glimp of hope, beast mode on in second half of the season

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