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Bahraini drivers impress in Qatar


BAHRAIN Motorcycle Club (BMC) members achieved impressive results yesterday on the first day of the Qatar National Road Racing Championship, being held at Losail International Circuit in Doha.

Hussain Al Kooheji was the fastest Bahraini in the first of two qualifying sessions, clocking two minutes and 10.693 seconds on the ninth lap.

Other Bahraini riders were Ali Khalaf, who was 14th fastest in 2:23.812, Ahmed Khalaf (2:25.590) was 15th and Abdulghaffar Al Bastaki (2:28.409) 16th.

In the second qualifying, which was held over 20 minutes, Al Kooheji was again in peak form and improved on his previous timing. He clocked 2:11.225 which was the sixth fastest in qualifying.

Ali Khalaf was 12th in the same session in 2:12.500, followed by Al Bastaki and Ahmed Khalaf in 14th and 16th.

The Bahraini team arrived at Losail International Circuit one day before the qualifying sessions to test their bikes.

Today’s programme begins at 9.10am with the ‘test and tune’ session for participants in the super bike category, to be followed by the first race of 15 laps at 10.50am.

After the first race, a press conference will be addressed by vice-president of the International Automobile Federation (FIA) and chief of the Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation (QMMF) Nasser bin Khalifa Al Attiya.

Al Attiya, a former rally driver, will announce the launch of a new series that will involve riders from Bahrain and Qatar after the success of the Six-Hour Bike Festival held recently at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhirl

In that event, Qatar’s QERT emerged winners in the STK Category while Bahrain’s BMC team finished sixth.

This championship is organised by the QMMF in co-operation with the FIA. The series features seven events and the points obtained in each race will count toward the championship.

Every event will take place in accordance with the sporting code and regulations established by QMMF and FIA’s international sporting code.

The second race of the series is scheduled for January 8 next year while race three will take place on January 21 and 22.

The fourth race is set for February 18 and 19, the fifth is on April 8 and 9, the sixth is scheduled for May 6 and 7 while the seventh and final event of the season will be held on May 27 and 28.
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