Lusail, Qatar: Defending Qatar Touring Car champion Abdulla Al Khelaifi, took his third double win at Losail International Circuit on Saturday.
Saadon Al Kuwari finished second and Ibrahim Al Abdulghani was third.
Al Khelaifi (HondaS2000), who started on pole in the first race, was involved in a strong battle with Al Kuwari (ToyotaGT86) before clinching the victory with a gap of 21 sec. Al Abdulghani (ToyotaGT) was third.
Hamad Al Sulaiti (ToyotaGT86) and Hamad Al Asam (Toyota Integra) finished fourth and fifth respectively.
In the second race, with the reverse grid, even though Al Khelaifi started from the back of the grid and Al Kuwari, started from the pit lane after a technical problem, they finished first and second respectively, but this time the gap between them was only 10.38 sec.
Al Khelaifi was very happy with his performance.
“I had a lot of fun in the first race. Some drivers are very close to me in their performance and you can’t relax so I pushed the car very hard and happy that the car survived until the end. I had a tough battle with Saadon, and at the end we switched positions more than three times but finally I managed to finish in front,” said Al Khelaifi, who leads the championship with 96 points. Hamad Al Sulaiti is second with 52 points and Ghanim Al Maadheed is in third on 47.
QMMF General Secretary Abdulrazak Al Kuwari and board members Salem Al Mohannadi and Mohamad Al Kubaisi presented the trophies.
The fourth round of Qatar Touring Car Championship will be on February 8th and 9th.