12/16/2018 1:59:38 AM

Al Sulaiti, Al Thani emerge victorious

Al Sulaiti, Al Thani emerge victorious

Doha, Qatar: Saeed Al Sulaiti and Jassim Al Thani continued their fine show in the second round of Qatar Superstock 600 at the Losail International Circuit.

In the first race, Al Sulaiti led from the start to finish and completed the race in 23:13.147. Abdulla Al Qubaisi finished second and Mishal Al Naimi third.

Al Qubaisi, who started in second place at the grid, stayed in this position during the first two laps but Al Naimi overtook him and was in second place for five laps. In the last part of the race, Al Qubaisi gained again the second position and kept it until the end.

Nasser Al Malki and Balint Kovacs finished fourth and fifth respectively.

In the QSTK Trophy category, Al Thani took the victory to finish sixth overall. Kuwaiti Mohammad Al Zaidan and Hassan Al Mansoori completed the QSTK Trophy podium.

In the second race of the day, Al Sulaiti continued his dominance but this time, Al Naimi came second and Al Qubaisi third.

In QSTK the podium wore an exact look of the first with Al Thani finishing ahead of Al Zaidan and Al Mansoori.

Al Sulaiti was very happy with his double win ‘In race one, Mishal was very close to me and I tried to create a gap as I am not ready to fight with the last injuries I have, so I tried to push at the beginning and at the middle of the race I had a comfortable gap. In race 2, also I did the same strategy and I overtook Mishal at the beginning of the second lap in the main straight and then I did my best lap time and create a gap. Unfortunately, in the last four laps, I burnt the clutch and it was really difficult to go back in gears but the gap was safe so I tried to be smooth with the gear and not do anything wrong’ said Al Sulaiti.

The winner in the Trophy category, Al Thani, is improving in each race and managed to do his personal lap time in this round ‘This victory came after a long and hard training for the offseason and today I did my personal best lap time 2:07.6 which is really good and really looking forward next round to push even harder’ Al Thani commented.

Al Sulaiti leads the championship with 100 points and Al Naimi is second with 72. Al Qubaisi is third with 69 and Hungarian rider Kovacs is fourth with 55 points.

Al Thani leads the QSTK Trophy standings, also with 100 points and Al Zaidan, with 80, is second. Al Mansoori is third with 59 points.

QMMF President Abdulrahmam Al Mannai and LCSC Vice President and General Manager Khalid Al Remaihi awarded the winners.

The third round of Qatar Superstock Championship will be held on January 25 and 26.

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