By Sports Reporter/Doha
The fourth round of Qatar Superstock 600 and third round Qatar Touring Car Championship will take place this weekend at the Losail International Circuit.
Mishal al-Naimi (115) leads the championship by five points, ahead of Saeed al-Sulaiti, who won the last race of the championship. As in the previous rounds, a tough battle between them is expected to continue.
The second race of the third round was cancelled due to weather conditions during the MotoGP weekend and that is the race that will take place tomorrow.
Al-Sulaiti, who took part as wild card in Moto2 two weeks ago, said he still faced a hand surgery due to his crash.
“The hand is not really good, as I have an old surgery and I had a big impact during the crash. According to my doctor, I have to do a surgery but I can wait until the end of the championship,” he said.
“It is going to be a bit hard to have three races in the same weekend, but it is the same for everybody and this round is going to be an important one because we are in the middle of the championship and it will be crucial to get some valuable points. The gap is only 5 points and I will try and do my best to keep winning and close this gap.”
Al-Naimi had some problems with his bike during the last race and hopes that he can find a good setup for this weekend.
“In the last round, my lap times were slow. I hope that for this weekend, the bike will be better and I can be faster and try to increase the gap on Saeed,” al-Naimi said.
Nasser al-Malki is third in the standings with 80 points and Ali al-Shammari fourth with 61 points.
Tomorrow, the track activity will start at 10:00 with the Free Practice 1 and the Free Practice 2 will be at 13:15. Superpole 1 is scheduled for 15:45 and Superpole 2 for 16:10.
The second race of Round 3 will be at 17:45.
On Saturday, the Race 1 of Round 4 will start at 11:30 and Race 2 at 14:30.
The third round of the Qatar Touring Car Championship will also take place this weekend, with only one point separating Abdulla al-Khelaifi (57) and Mansour al-Hajri.
“After the break, I am really looking forward for another exciting race with the other participants. I have to work very hard and try not to make any mistake as Mansour and Omran (Karama) are very hard competitors and they are improving in every race,” said al-Khelaifi.
The QTCC Practice will be tomorrow at 14:30 and the races are scheduled for Saturday at 13:00 and 16:00.
Entrance is free for all the fans at the grandstand and at the Paddock.
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