After missing out on the Total S.A. 24 Hours of Spa in Belgium, Oman’s motor racing star Ahmad al Harthy talks to Y about his forthcoming plans.
Not many people who work in finance become racing drivers.
But with hard work and dedication, Ahmad al Harthy, 35, has become a force to be reckoned with in motor racing.
The former auditor’s confidence and patience is what makes him the best racer in the country today.
After winning the Blancpain Endurance Cup Pro/AM Championship last year, Al Harthy was preparing for the Total S.A. 24 Hours of Spa race in Belgium but damage to his Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 early this week forced him out of the event.
The Muscat star, along with his team-mates Euan McKay, Charlie Eastwood and Ross Gunn, looked well-placed to win the maiden Silver Cup, which started on Saturday, July 28, but an accident for McKay early in his stint ended those hopes.
“I am speechless and disappointed as everything was going according to the plan,” said Al Harthy.
“I have been preparing for this race for the past two months but sometimes this is what 24-hour races are like and things can change in an instant.”
Al Harthy is a fighter. Last year, he faced similar hurdles while taking part in a race at Silverstone in Great Britain.
“In a situation like this, we need to be stronger. This is not the end of it. We have more races in the next few months and I will come back fighting.”
Al Harthy is no stranger to difficult terrain, both on and off the track.
“I took up racing at the age of seven and learnt the sport all by myself. During my early years, I used to practise go-karting at the Oman Automobile Association, where I used to practise daily for several hours.
“We never had any racing facilities then and it was never easy to reach this stage,” he explained. Al Harthy quit his job as an auditor to become a racer.
“For me racing is a passion more than a profession,” he said.
Today, hundreds of youngsters in Oman look up to him for inspiration.
“It’s good to see them taking this sport more seriously. I have high hopes on Al Faisal al Zubair. He is a terrific racer,” he said.
With nearly two months left for the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup to kick-off in Spain, Al Harthy is confident of winning the title once again.
“The Blancpain Championship is always special to me. I will be preparing hard over the next few weeks. It’s going to be a tough race because some of the best drivers from around the world are taking part but I am going to give my best and make my country proud.”