For fifth time in a row this season, Saeed Al Sulaiti takes the Superpole at the Superstock 600 Championship this weekend at Losail International Circuit.
Al Sulaiti, who is leading the championship only by four points ahead of Abdulla Al Qubaisi, knows the importance of a good position on the grid for the final two races of the concluding round of the season.
He clocked 2:04.052 on his last lap of the Superpole and was faster by only 0.133 ahead of Al Qubaisi who came in second place with a time of 2:04.185.
‘Today I went good, last round I had a crash because of the front, I didn’t have a really good feeling in the front and this round we tried to improve it in the free practice one and I had a crash but then we made some changes and I was more confident with the front’ said Al Sulaiti
‘I am very happy to make again the best lap timing in the Superpole and took all the Superpoles of the season. For tomorrow, I have a small plan in the warm up and then fight for the race , of course it will be extremely difficult , as Abdulla is really looking forward to win and for sure he is going to do a really great race so let’s see tomorrow and I wish all the best and I am looking forward to a ‘safe’ race’ ended Saeed
Young rider Al Qubaisi, is really looking forward to racing and will do his best to get his first QSTK600 championship.
‘Today, in the qualifying and free practice I did a good laptime and we can see that tomorrow there will be a lot of action in the races, lap timings are so close between the top three riders. Tomorrow, I will push from the beginning, first lap to create the gap and try to win my first championship’ said Al Qubaisi.
Mashel Al Naimi will start from the third place on the grid as he did a lap time of 2:04.589. ‘Today I feel better in the Superpole, I went with new tyres and my laptime was good but still Saeed and Abdulla are faster half of a second. We have to work for tomorrow, in the warm up we will change something and try to stay with them and push for the race to get a victory in this season’ stated Al Naimi.
In the QSTK Trophy, Jassim Al Thani, who already got the title in his category, was again the faster rider, followed by Mohammad Al Zaidan and Mohammad Al Eidi.
In the Qatar Touring Car Championship, as the championship title is already decided for Abdullah Al Khelaifi, all the pressure is for Mohamad Al Khaiat, Hamad Al Sulaiti and Ghanim Al Maadheed, as they are only four points difference between them to get the second place in the championship.
Al Khelaifi took again the pole position with a lap time of 2:25.096 on his HondaS2000.
‘I came with no pressure, the weather is a bit hot so we couldn’t match our times of the previous round, hopefully tomorrow will be cooler. Probably I will go with the previous set up for the next season as the set up of today was not successful at all. I had one problem during the free practice, with some oil leaking but we fixed it and in all was perfect in the qualifying’ said Al Khelaifi.
Second best lap time was for Mohamad Al Khaiat with his Toyota GT86, 2:26.412 and second in the general standings ‘Today we had a good qualification, we came on the second place although we face a small issue in the differential and we will try to fix it for the race. Tomorrow, we hope that we can keep our second position in the championship. All the drivers are very professional, specially Abdullah, he has a GPS in his mind, so he knows the circuit very well and I hope that for next season I can be more familiar with the track and the set up of car for better results’ said Al Khaiat.
Tomorrow, QSTK600 races will be at 11:10 and at 14:10. For the cars, the races will be at 12:45 and at 15:45.
There is free entrance for all the fans at the grandstand and also at the Paddock.
Qatar Superstock 600 and Qatar Touring Car Championship are organized by Losail Circuit Sports Club and Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation with Pirelli Qatar and Inside as sponsors of both championships.