By Sports Reporter Doha
Defending Qatar Superstock 600 champion, Qatar’s Saeed al-Sulaiti, grabbed the pole position of the round 2 at Losail International Circuit, and so did the double winner of the last Qatar Touring Car Championship round, Abdulla al-Khelaifi.
Al-Sulaiti was on top in the two free practice sessions, and managed to do the fastest lap in the Superpole in 2:04.024 to lock the first spot in the grid ahead of Abdulla al-Qubaisi.
“In the Superpole, my lap time was very good but in the last three minutes, I went for the last lap and in the first sector I was even faster but unfortunately, I lost the front in corner 6, but the crash was small. I feel good with the bike for the race and ready for tomorrow as the pain in the toe due to last weekend crash decreased and I feel much better,” said al-Sulaiti.
Mishal al-Naimi and Nasser al-Malki will start in third and fourth place respectively.
In the QSTK Trophy, the fastest rider was Qatar’s Sheikh Jassim al-Thani with a lap time of 2:08.122. Kuwaiti riders Mohamed al-Zaidan and Ali Abdulhussain finished second and third respectively.
“I am again the fastest rider in the QSTK Trophy category and hopefully tomorrow I can have a good start because the front riders have better starts than me. I always follow them behind and this time I will try to keep the best acceleration I can until the end,” Sheikh Jassim said.
In the Qatar Touring Car Championship, al-Khelaifi was on pole again with a lap time of 2:23.037.
Al-Khelaifi was very satisfied with the results of the day. “I am very happy with today’s timings. It’s the best qualifying I ever had, best qualifying of the category. Still there is some time in the car and I think that tomorrow I can go even faster. The competition is getting stronger in each round and I have to build a bigger gap if I want to stay away from (Ahmed) al-Asiri.”
Newcomer driver, al-Asiri will start second on the grid as he managed to clock the time during the Qualifying time at 2:25.373.
“The car is a little bit better today. Abdulla was amazing today and he got away from all of us. I don’t think I can manage to get 1.5 seconds to beat him tomorrow but I will try my best,” al-Asiri said.
Ibrahim al-Abdulghani had some problems with his car in the opening round and didn’t manage to get a good result but this weekend, he finished in third in the qualifying session with a time of 2:25.830.
Today, QSTK Race 1 starts at 11:30 and Race 2 at 14:30. For QTCC, the first race is scheduled at 13:00 and the second race at 16:00.
Qatar Superstock 600 and Qatar Touring Car Championship are organised by Losail Circuit Sports Club and Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation with Pirelli Qatar as sponsor.
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