Bahrain: Shaikh Salman and Shaikh Hamad share the spoils in BIC 2,000cc Challenge

Bahrain: Shaikh Salman and Shaikh Hamad share the spoils in BIC 2,000cc Challenge

BIC, Sakhir – Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) hosted a thrilling fifth round of National Race Day over the weekend, with four different race winners in the three championships that featured out on track.

It was a family affair in the BIC 2,000cc Challenge, as brothers Shaikh Salman bin Isa bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa and Shaikh Hamad bin Isa bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa shared the honours with a win apiece.

Meanwhile, Ahmed Al Muyini and Abdul Samee both dominated their respective series, with Al Muyini claiming a fantastic double in the Bahrain Motorcycle Racing (BMR) 600 and Samee winning both races in the Bahrain Supersport Championship (BSSP) 125.

All the action took place around BIC’s 2.55-kilometre Inner Circuit.

In the 2,000cc Challenge, Shaikh Salman was the early aggressor. Driving his multi-coloured Honda Civic, he topped the timesheet in practice and then captured pole position for Race One with a best lap of 1min 16.947secs, just 0.551secs ahead of Shaikh Hamad, who was driving a white Civic.

With the pair featuring on the front row of the grid, a tight battle ensued but Shaikh Salman did enough to take the chequered flag in a total race time of 19mins 47.328secs over 12 laps.

Shaikh Hamad had to settle for the runner-up spot but was just 0.616secs behind, while Ahmed bin Khanen in a white Honda Civic EG4 came third 5.365secs back. All three were competing in the Pro category of the Challenge.

Majed Himmo won the Novice category in his yellow Civic, followed by Giovanni Salerno in a blue Ford Focus and Abdulla Al Gaoud in a red Civic.

Shaikh Hamad registered the race’s fastest lap of 1min 17.177secs.

In the second sprint, Shaikh Hamad started from sixth with Shaikh Salman right behind and Salerno up front.

Shaikh Hamad was able to power to the front this time and win a shortened race with an 8.046secs gap ahead of bin Khanen. Tareq Al Tajer in a red Focus came third overall 10.608s from the winner while also completing the Pro class podium. Shaikh Salman was forced to retire from the race five laps in.

Himmo, Salerno and Martyna Al Qassab in a blue Honda Integra DC5 were the top three in the Novice category.

Shaikh Hamad once again clocked the fastest lap with a time of 1min 17.223secs.

Meanwhile, Al Muyini and Samee each enjoyed a perfect round, securing first place in each of their sessions from practice to race two while also posting their races’ fastest laps.

In the BMR 600, Al Muyini won the first 11-lap sprint from pole in 13mins 01.570secs. Fahad Al Gharabally came second 13.627secs behind, while Ibrahem Alsharida finished third 17.345secs from Al Muyini. In race two, Al Muyini once again led Al Gharabally to the finish, this time by just 2.127secs. Adel Najjar came third 5.474secs back.

Al Muyini set a fastest lap of 1min 09.835secs in race one and 1min 09.824secs in race two.

In the BSSP 125, Samee claimed his own pole-to-flag victory in race one over eight laps in 13mins 21.397secs. Yusuf Qaed followed 11.394secs back while Shaun Gillespie came third 11.557secs adrift. Race two featured the same podium with Qaed as the runner-up 8.083secs off the pace. Gillespie finished third 13.214secs back.

Samee had the best lap of 1min 38.256secs in the opening sprint and then followed that up with a 1min 39.154secs time in race two.

After all the action, the winners were presented their trophies in a podium ceremony attended by officials from BIC, the Circuit Racing Club, the Bahrain Motorcycle Club and the Bahrain Motor Federation.

Following this meeting, the season heads into its final two events. Round six is scheduled for March 8 and then the championship finale will be held on April 26.

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Love it! 😁❤️

this scene makes me happy🤣

I'm so happy watching marq marquez crash

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I'll forever LOVE this one. Because my Twitter post made it at the 1:51 minute mark lol🤓🤓🤓

after watch this i learn lesson from marc. marc be like "you can make fun of me, but ill break the point record"

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HTP Mercedes takes 2019 Gulf 12 Hours pole position

The #48 HTP Motorsport Mercedes AMG GT3 took provisional pole position in an exciting end to the qualifying session for the 2019 Gulf 12 Hours at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.

With pole position secured by recording the average time of the three 15-minute qualifying sessions, Mercedes AMG factory driver Maximilian Götz climbed into the car for the third and final session, taking over from team-mates Dominik Baumann and Al Faisal Al Zubair. Sitting in third place overall, Götz was behind the Pro-Am #20 GPX Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R and #66 Attempto Racing Audi R8 GT3 Pro car.

With all 31 cars searching for a space on track in the final moments, many drivers were suffering with traffic, but with only five minutes remaining, the timesheets began to change and Götz managed to put the #48 Mercedes to the top of the average times.

The Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo, which finished top of the previous day’s night testing, was now again in the hands of Patrick Kujala, and the Finland driver produced an outstanding lap of 2m08.450s, the quickest of the third session, to lift the car up to pole position.

His car’s average time was bettered, however, shortly after as Götz managed to find a clear lap through the traffic to regain top spot. Despite his best efforts, Kujala was unable to respond and had to settle for second place but on the front row of the grid ahead of the #66 Attempto Racing Audi R8 GT3 and #83 Iron Lynx Ferrari 488 GT3. It was an impressive recovery from the #48 HTP Mercedes after it suffered an oil pump failure in Wednesday’s test session which led to a new engine flown in overnight from Germany.

The #46 Pro-Am Ferrari 488 GT3 of Monster VR46 Kessel was in need of a helping hand after the second qualifying session, lying just inside the top ten. But with Valentino Rossi at the wheel, setting a personal best session time of 2m09.589s, it vaulted the car up to seventh place and the fourth row of the grid for Saturday’s race.

The #12 Art Line Team Georgia Lamborghini Super Trofeo took pole position in the GT Cup 1 class, in eighth place overall, two-tenths of a second ahead of the 10th place #88 Dragon Racing Lamborghini Super Trofeo.

The GT3 AM class will be headed by Mercedes machinery, as the #10 SPS Automotive Performance Mercedes AMG took pole on row six, two places ahead of the #84 AKKA ASP Mercedes AMG, with the #65 Kessel Racing Ferrari 488 in third.

The #2 United Autosports Ligier JSP3 won the pole battle in the Prototype class ahead of the #4 ARC Bratislava Ginetta P3.

The #14 MRS GT Racing Porsche Cup car secured pole position in the GT Cup 2 class ahead of the #87 GDL Racing Porsche.

The GT4 class was headed by the #90 SVC Sport Management Mercedes AMG, ahead of the British duo #22 Balfe Motorsport McLaren 570S, and David Appleby Engineering Aston Martin Vantage.

The 2019 Gulf 12 Hours will begin at 09:30 local time (GMT +4), and can be viewed on the Gulf 12 Hours YouTube channel, and Facebook page.



Maximilian Götz (#48 HTP Motorsport Mercedes AMG GT3):

“We possibly went out too late as I was stuck behind traffic on the out lap so I wasn’t able manage the tyres how I wanted. The first lap was okay, but it’s always the second and third laps that are the best. I had to drop back again so I just wasn’t finding the rhythm. But finally on the penultimate lap, I was able to find the best gap and I’m happy that it took us back to the top of the times. It’s a cool feeling. But there was definitely more in the car for us to be more ahead than we were.



“My team-mates did an amazing job. It’s special being on pole, but especially at a race and circuit like this.



“It’s my first time driving at Yas Marina Circuit. I went out and immediately felt at home. I’ve been doing thousands of laps on the computer at home and I really knew every turning-in point and gears.



“The balance of the car definitely changes throughout the race in the hotter and cooler temperatures in the second half of the race. So it’s all about the tyre pressures and being in the right window, as you don’t get chance to change anything else on the car. We did some testing of pressures in the night testing yesterday [Thursday], so we think we know where we should be.



“I think I’ll be starting the race, and keeping the lead will of course be important. But it’s a long-distance race, we shouldn’t touch in the first corners so we will try to keep ahead and to create a gap to hand over to Dominik.”



Patrick Kujala (#77 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo):

“The main thing was to get out in clear space because the track and air temperature went down, so the peak of the tyres will last longer, one or two laps. So we knew that track position was key. That played an important part and we were able to pull out a good lap. It was a decent lap.

“I will probably be starting the race. It isn’t a sprint race, so I won’t be doing anything stupid. But of course, if there’s a chance to take the lead, I’m going to go for it.”
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HTP Mercedes takes 2019 Gulf 12 Hours pole position

The #48 HTP Motorsport Mercedes AMG GT3 took provisional pole position in an exciting end to the qualifying session for the 2019 Gulf 12 Hours at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.

With pole position secured by recording the average time of the three 15-minute qualifying sessions, Mercedes AMG factory driver Maximilian Götz climbed into the car for the third and final session, taking over from team-mates Dominik Baumann and Al Faisal Al Zubair. Sitting in third place overall, Götz was behind the Pro-Am #20 GPX Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R and #66 Attempto Racing Audi R8 GT3 Pro car.

With all 31 cars searching for a space on track in the final moments, many drivers were suffering with traffic, but with only five minutes remaining, the timesheets began to change and Götz managed to put the #48 Mercedes to the top of the average times.

The Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo, which finished top of the previous day’s night testing, was now again in the hands of Patrick Kujala, and the Finland driver produced an outstanding lap of 2m08.450s, the quickest of the third session, to lift the car up to pole position.

His car’s average time was bettered, however, shortly after as Götz managed to find a clear lap through the traffic to regain top spot. Despite his best efforts, Kujala was unable to respond and had to settle for second place but on the front row of the grid ahead of the #66 Attempto Racing Audi R8 GT3 and #83 Iron Lynx Ferrari 488 GT3. It was an impressive recovery from the #48 HTP Mercedes after it suffered an oil pump failure in Wednesday’s test session which led to a new engine flown in overnight from Germany.

The #46 Pro-Am Ferrari 488 GT3 of Monster VR46 Kessel was in need of a helping hand after the second qualifying session, lying just inside the top ten. But with Valentino Rossi at the wheel, setting a personal best session time of 2m09.589s, it vaulted the car up to seventh place and the fourth row of the grid for Saturday’s race.

The #12 Art Line Team Georgia Lamborghini Super Trofeo took pole position in the GT Cup 1 class, in eighth place overall, two-tenths of a second ahead of the 10th place #88 Dragon Racing Lamborghini Super Trofeo.

The GT3 AM class will be headed by Mercedes machinery, as the #10 SPS Automotive Performance Mercedes AMG took pole on row six, two places ahead of the #84 AKKA ASP Mercedes AMG, with the #65 Kessel Racing Ferrari 488 in third.

The #2 United Autosports Ligier JSP3 won the pole battle in the Prototype class ahead of the #4 ARC Bratislava Ginetta P3.

The #14 MRS GT Racing Porsche Cup car secured pole position in the GT Cup 2 class ahead of the #87 GDL Racing Porsche.

The GT4 class was headed by the #90 SVC Sport Management Mercedes AMG, ahead of the British duo #22 Balfe Motorsport McLaren 570S, and David Appleby Engineering Aston Martin Vantage.

The 2019 Gulf 12 Hours will begin at 09:30 local time (GMT +4), and can be viewed on the Gulf 12 Hours YouTube channel, and Facebook page.

 

Maximilian Götz (#48 HTP Motorsport Mercedes AMG GT3):

“We possibly went out too late as I was stuck behind traffic on the out lap so I wasn’t able manage the tyres how I wanted. The first lap was okay, but it’s always the second and third laps that are the best. I had to drop back again so I just wasn’t finding the rhythm. But finally on the penultimate lap, I was able to find the best gap and I’m happy that it took us back to the top of the times. It’s a cool feeling. But there was definitely more in the car for us to be more ahead than we were.

 

“My team-mates did an amazing job. It’s special being on pole, but especially at a race and circuit like this.

 

“It’s my first time driving at Yas Marina Circuit. I went out and immediately felt at home. I’ve been doing thousands of laps on the computer at home and I really knew every turning-in point and gears.

 

“The balance of the car definitely changes throughout the race in the hotter and cooler temperatures in the second half of the race. So it’s all about the tyre pressures and being in the right window, as you don’t get chance to change anything else on the car. We did some testing of pressures in the night testing yesterday [Thursday], so we think we know where we should be.

 

“I think I’ll be starting the race, and keeping the lead will of course be important. But it’s a long-distance race, we shouldn’t touch in the first corners so we will try to keep ahead and to create a gap to hand over to Dominik.”

 

Patrick Kujala (#77 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo):

“The main thing was to get out in clear space because the track and air temperature went down, so the peak of the tyres will last longer, one or two laps. So we knew that track position was key. That played an important part and we were able to pull out a good lap. It was a decent lap.

“I will probably be starting the race. It isn’t a sprint race, so I won’t be doing anything stupid. But of course, if there’s a chance to take the lead, I’m going to go for it.”

8 hrs ago

MotoGP

2019 Best clips 📽️

Still challenging with the best riders in the world! 🥈 Valentino Rossi VR46 Official's podium in Austin was nothing short of remarkable 👏

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The best part of the race was cocky Marc with his special wanted helmet for the race was when he wrecked then they picked the bike up and it slowly fell back over on him LOL Im a Vale fan but that was a great showdown and seeing Alex cry for his first victory was great!

Hope Rossi can fight for wins next year. Its getting really boring without him up there.

The best marques

Come on marquez, another world title!!!

Nice one

marc is the best..💪

Where the hell is real champ MM93

Maybe a lot of changes next season...

Rossi!!!!!🔥🔥🔥🔥

He still first place for me😍

Go vale

Booooooooooooooooring 😴😴😴😴😴

Bravo Vale....👍👍👍👍

93nius rider

Legend....

Yeah ok

🔥

nice

Awesome

Salute The Doctor. Kiddos know nothing about The Lagend

👍👍👍

Marc Márquez

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Omg! I love this duo so much! Never fail to make me laugh 😂

Actually I don't Like Alex' sense of humor :/ he is imo too arrogant

Why in the hell did Merc haven't done Grill the Grid?

If he think that one is bad i wonder what he think of the rookie of the year one ! 👀

Alex very honest! I like that

Congratulations

If he thought that trophy was crap, think how he must of felt about the rookie of the year trophy 😂

Is it just me or does anybody else wanna punch max in the fuckin face as hard as u could??

Congrats 😎

Did he say Sonny Moore at 0:28?

😂😂😂😂😂The speech

Lmao Hilarious

Sarah Jones

Celine Maddie

Nikko Par

Mary Valdez

Aalay Savla Mercedes DNS

Hgfgg

Ricardo Ruiz

While you patiently waiting for your monthly salary, others are busy earning nothing less than $500- $10000 every 48hours, Ask me how????

Alex Albon 💙

Rahul Kale Nuaman Wt

Max verstappen redbull

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Man weekends are so boring at the moment. Drive to survive needs to come out sooner than March to help this out

I can wait until 2020,i wish every body a Happy Newyear and a good start in 2020,xxx

It was fun back in the days when we had the V8 .. It was a joy to watch the replays but now I can't stand watching any reply of this era even if it was a perfect move or something really special Please give us some noise .. I want my ears to hurt again 😅

And if Sebastian and Max have been good Saint Nic may bring them a fast car for 2020.

Super pocit, že čas ďalších pretekov sa blíži 👍😁.

While ever it is shown on pay tv, I will not be watching. I usually fall asleep on lap six and wake up for the champagne anyway. 🤣

My F1 reviews from 1970-2018 (2019 is released in January) will bridge the gap until Australia in March.

Odotetaan jannityksella odotus aika tuntuu pitkalta vai mita . ?? 🌲🌨🎅🎅Hyvaa joulua seka vuoden loppua . 🥂❤️❤️🍀🍀.

Super cross holds me over quite well until F1 starts back up.

It's gonna be a long winter.

It’s worse when you put it that way! 100 days...omg....nooooooooooooo!

Now that F1 has been over.

my friend at work was saying he was at a loose end with no F1 so this is good news!

90 days, 4 hours, 9 minutes and 30 sec to be precise...

With me in the competition.. Your gonna.. WIN.. 🏆❤💋

Omfg iam so bored now, i cant wait 3 more months, its like being sick at home and doeing nothing, so booooring

Why wouldn't they let us watch the winter season? All the preparations. That would be great till the next season show up

Oh god I thought we were done with this music lol

if V12 days yes we aka fans are eager for new seasons race but not now sadly..

Hang in there Tom, it’ll be back soon!!

Racing denotes some sort of competition is involved.

Can't wait!

Waiting on the season to start

Non vediamo l'ora che comincia grand premio, speriamo che sia spettacolare come finale 2019...

Waiting for this.. 👍🏻 👍🏻 👏🏻 🏁🏁🏎️🏎️👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

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