Losail, Qatar: Qatar’s Abdulla Al Khelaifi started his title defence of Qatar Touring Car Championship in impressive style, winning both races of the opening round at Losail International Circuit.
In the first race, Al Khelafi led from start to finish and crossed the checkered flag in 24:32.701 in his new car, Honda S2000.
Newcomers Ahmed Al Asiri with a Honda Civic and Hamad Al Sulaiti driving a Toyota GT86 came second and third respectively.
“At the beginning of the three laps, Al Asiri was pushing very hard and I tried to get rid of him because as long as he caught me in the straight I am done, so I had to build a big gap. I managed to do that by the fifth lap and by that time Al Asiri pace came down so I was in the safe zone and managed to secure the win’ said Al Khelaifi.
The second race had to be re-started due to a red flag in the first lap as drivers Ibrahim Al Mannai and Nasser Al Ahbabi crashed in turn 7 and their cars got stuck in the gravel.
After the green flag and the reverse grid in race two, it took only three laps to Al Khelaifi to take again the lead and another victory, this time in front of Mohammad Al Khaiat who came second in the podium driving a Toyota GT86. Ahmed Al Asiri completed the final podium.
LCSC Vice President and General Manager Khalid Al Remaihi and CEO Juan Baquero presented the trophies.
The next round of Qatar Touring Car Championship will be held on December 14 and 15.