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Ahmad to compete in Road to Le Mans

15 Aug 2021

A little over a week since Oman Racing’s Ahmad al Harthy made a winning return on the tracks, the experienced racer is now set for another top-class challenge – Road to Le Mans – a support event for the main race, the annual 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Ahmad will be competing in one of the 11 GT3 cars along with 35 LMP3 entries at the Circuit de la Sarthe in Le Mans, France, ahead of the 89th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. 

The Road to Le Mans races will be held on August 19 and 21. 

Ahmad had recently made a winning return to the tracks after a gap of more than five months at the Snetterton 300 circuit when he along with Charlie Eastwood took part in the the 2021 British GT Championships and won the round five and finished P4 in the next race. 

Both Ahmad and Eastwood had entered fifth and sixth rounds of the British GT as guest entry as  this was their one-off participation in the series this season. 

At the Road to Le Mans, which was first run in 2016, Ahmad will be joined by American Micheal Dinan for the two 55-minute races.

Ahmad, a 2017 Road to Le Mans double race winner, will race in his Aston Martin Vantage GT3 against five Ferrari 488 GT3, two Porsche 911 GT3R, two Audi R8 LMS and one Mercedes AMG GT3.

Ahmad’s car will be prepared and engineered by the official Aston Martin Racing (AMR) team for the event, which also forms the fourth round of the Michelin Le Mans Cup. 

At the 2017 Road to Le Mans, Ahmad and his then teammate, Tom Jackson, scorched to a double victory in the Michelin Le Mans Cup in June. “I’m very excited to be heading to Le Mans,” said Ahmad. 

“The 24 Hours of Le Mans is, by far, the biggest racing event of the year worldwide. For us to be present at the Road to Le Mans, one of the biggest support events for the weekend, is something I’m very proud of.

“I’m delighted to be racing alongside Michael Dinan with Aston Martin Racing for this event. I’m incredibly proud, as ever, to be representing Oman at such a prestigious event.”

“We had amazing results at Le Mans in 2017 and it’s always a great opportunity to be able to race there. It’s going be a long race meeting – we have a few testing sessions on Wednesday and two qualifying sessions on Thursday. We will have the first race on Thursday, followed by the race on Saturday.”

All of the action will take place on the same 13.6km track on which the 24 Hours of Le Mans will also be held. 


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