The Oman Racing Team, led by Omani motorsport superstar Ahmed Al Harthy, announced that the team will join the famous European Le Mans Championship, which will start its first round next Sunday at the well-known French circuit Paul Ricard, where the team will drive an Aston Martin GTA instead of an Aston Martin Vantage GT. 3 previous years, which the team has been leading in recent years, the most recent of which was in the Asian Le Mans Championship that took place in Dubai and Abu Dhabi last February. The team led by Ahmed Al Harthy includes Briton Sam DeHaan, who participated in several championships, the last of which was in the Le Mans Asian Championship in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and the new factory driver at Aston Martin Marco Sorenson, led by the TF technical team that works with the Oman Racing Team. In the processing and maintenance of the car during the past years.
This switch from GT3 racing to European GTA racing came after extensive study by the team in order to compete in a faster car and in a championship that has its weight and technical value as strong as the European Le Mans, which consists of six rounds throughout the year, and its opening round starts from the Paul Circuit. The French Ricade will take place on Saturday and Sunday, April 16 and 17, followed by the second round at Imola Circuit on May 14 and 15, and the third round will also be held in Italy and at Monza Circuit in Milan on July 2 and 3, after which the teams participating in the championship races will go into the summer vacation. Regular in the month of June.
The championship will resume again in August with a race to be held in Barcelona on the 27th and 28th of the month at Circuit de Catalunya, before moving to Belgium and the fifth round competitions in Francochamps on the 24th and 25th of September.
The Oman Racing Team, supported by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth, Okio, Omantel and Mohsen Haider Darwish Darwish Company for Infrastructure, Technological, Industrial and Consumer Solutions, had won the Pro M category title in the GT World Challenge Championship for two times, and this time it is possible to achieve similar and even better achievements than before. Especially since the current car has proven to be a little faster than the previous car and has better driving dynamics in various settings on the circuit and has new additions such as a larger rear spoiler, a change in the front splitters and other positive modifications.
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The contestant Ahmed Al-Harthy commented on the team’s presence in this prestigious European championship, saying: This participation in this championship is a strong qualitative leap for the team, especially with the changes in the car and competition in the championship. He stood with us in sponsoring the team for this season. All thanks and appreciation to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth, Okio, Omantel and Mohsen Haider Darwish Darwish Company for the work of infrastructure, technological, industrial and consumer solutions for their continued care of us, and from our side we strive, as usual, to provide all our capabilities to reach the podiums and honor our country Habiba and raising the flag of the Sultanate of Oman in various sports arenas.
Al Harthy added, “We have a strong team and I am delighted to have Sam DeHaan again with me in the team. He is a good driver and previously won the Pro M title in the British GT Championship in 2019, while the Danish driver Marco is considered one of the best drivers in the factory, Aston Martin, especially in endurance races, as All races in this championship are for 4 hours straight, so we are ready for the championship, especially after the tests we conducted at Paul Ricard, whose timing was perfect and promising strong results in the upcoming races.”
Al-Harthy also announced the continuation of the partnership with Okio, which is one of the largest energy companies in the region, which participated in the successes achieved by the team in the past season at the beginning of the partnership between the two parties, and works in 17 countries around the world in areas related to exploration, production, marketing and distribution of energy products in 60 countries around the world, making the company owned by the government of the Sultanate of Oman play an important and pivotal role in the energy sector.