The fourth round of Qatar Superstock 600 and third round Qatar Touring Car Championship will take place this weekend, 7th & 8th April at Losail International Circuit.
Mishal Al Naimi (115) is leading the championship only by 5 points ahead of Saeed Al Sulaiti (110) who won the last race of the championship and as in previous rounds a tough battle between them is expected to continue.
As it was expected from what we have seen in the previous rounds, another thrilling battle was performance by the two Qatari riders Mashel Al Nami and Saeed Al Sulaiti to get the victory.
In the first race of the round, Mishal who got the pole position, lead the race during the first two laps as Saeed overtook him. He tried to create a gap but Mishal was fast enough to be close to him and didn’t let him go. In the middle of the race, Mishal made a move and passed Saeed, but unfortunately for Mishal, he had a problem with his brake pads and couldn’t keep the rhythm, so Saeed took advantage of that and passed him, winning the race by 6.045.
The third position was for Nasser Al Malki who still needs to find out the good setting for this bike ‘In the first race I didn’t do a good start and after five laps it was difficult for me to ride the bike, it was very hard to manage it. I think the setup is not good enough to keep my riding style in this bike, I need to fix my riding style from 1000cc to 600cc and I to start dropping my lap timing little and hopefully I can have good results for next round’ said Al Malki after race 1.
Abdullah Al Qubaisi finished fourth and Fahad Al Sowaidi in fifth position.
The second race had a dramatic ending with the crash of Mishal and Saeed during the last lap of the race. As in the first race, Mishal took again the lead for the first laps but Saeed overtook him and managed to stay in front only until the last lap when both crashed. In the last lap, Mishal gained again the first position and took the lead but in the turn twelve of the track, Saeed entered a bit fast, breaking too late, losing the front and crashing. Unfortunately, in the crash, Saeed’s bike touched Mishal who was so close and also felt down. Saeed managed to rejoin the race finishing in sixth position but Mishal’s bike was so damage that couldn’t continue.
With this scenario, the win of the race was for Nasser Al Malki, who was at that moment in third position behind Saeed. Young rider Abdullah Al Qubaisi finished second in the podium and Ali Al Shammari third.
The 17-year’s old Al Quabaisi was very happy with his podium ‘I am very happy with my first podium of this season as I didn’t expect to have such a good result as I had gear problems in the last five laps. I managed to step into the podium due to the crash of Saeed and Mishal, but this is racing. Many thanks to QMMF, LCSC and Saeed for their continuous support’ expressed Al Qubasi after the second race.
Ali Al Shammari finished in third place and was happy to be back on the podium ‘I am very happy to be back on the podium. My start of the race was good but after some laps, I had engine problem and I never thought to get these good results. Bad luck for Mishal and Saeed and hope that in the next round I can improve my rhythm and be faster’
In the standings, Saeed is leading now the championship with 165 points and Mishal is second with 160 points. Nasser Al Malki is third with 137 and Ali Al Shammari is fourth with 98 points.
Trophies were presented by Mr. Sultan Zaher Al Morraikhi, QMMF Executive Director. The next round will take place on 5th & 6th May