Doha, Qatar: Abdulla Al Khelaifi was crowned Qatar Touring Car champion for the fourth time in a row, with one more round to go.
Al Khelaifi had to secure only 20 points to get the title but the Honda S2000 driver won it in style, claiming both the races.
In the first race, Saadon Al Kuwari took the lead and battled with Al Khelafii during the first four laps, but Al Kuwari then endured a problem with his Honda Civic and abandoned the race. From that moment, Al Khelaifi just took it easy until the checkered flag.
Mohamad Al Khaiat (Toyota GT86) finished second while Ahmed Al Asiri (Honda Civic) was third.
In the second race, Ibrahim Al Abdulghani (Honda S2000) lead the race until the seventh lap, when Al Khelaifi , who started from the back due to the reverse grid, overtook him and never looked back Al Abddulghani was second while Mohamad Al Khaiat finished third.
Al Khelaifi was extremely happy to get another title before the last round of the championship.
“For this round, I came with the plan to collect just 20 points. In the first race, I changed something in the car to be as fast as Saadon, and I managed to follow him until he had a mechanical problem and retired. So, first race was easy, since I had only Saadon until he was out,” said Al Khelaifi.
“Second race was better and it was more fun. I went to the race with no pressure and I enjoyed with all the competitors. I stayed calm with the guys battling in front of me and took them one by one as soon as I had a safe gap. By lap seven, I overtook Ibrahim Al Abdulghani, who was a really good competitor and took another victory.
“I would like to thank Qatar Scientific Club for providing me their facilities to work on my car and to Qatar Islamic Insurance for sponsoring me this round and the next one ‘ended Al Khelaifi.
LCSC Vice President and General Manager Khalid Al Remaihi and CEO Juan Baquero presented the trophies.
The fifth and final round of Qatar Touring Car Championship will be on the 29th and 30th March 2019