Jassim Al Thani continues unstoppable at QSTK Trophy
Young Qatar’s rider Abdullah Al Qubaisi took his ever first double win in the Qatar Superstock 600 Championship with strong battles with Saeed Al Sulaiti in both races.
In the first race, young Qatar’s rider Abdullah Al Qubaisi got his first victory of the season with a total time of 27:30.373 and crossed the finish line in front of the leader of the championship, Saeed Al Sulaiti, by 0.836 seconds.
Although Saeed Al Sulaiti, who clinched his third Superpole of the season, managed to lead almost all the race, he made a mistake in the last lap and finished in second place. Mishal Al Naimi ended in third place on the podium.
In the second race, the podium results were the same, with another victory for Al Qubaisi in front of Al Sulaiti but this time with a gap of only 0.080 seconds.
‘I am very happy for my first double win in this championship. At the beginning, I tried to stay behind Saeed to save the tyres and the energy. In both races, I managed to overtake Saeed in the last lap (turn 4 in race 1 and turn 16 in race 2) and took the victories. I have been working very hard and looking forward the next round to continue with this great results’ said Al Qubaisi.
For Al Sulaiti, overall it was an amazing weekend ‘In the first race, I tried to maintain the tyers but the guys were very competitive today. Unfortunately, in the last lap of first race, I made a mistake and I went off the track so that allowed Abdulla to pass me but I am really happy for him, he deserved the win as he has been working very hard’
‘The second race was a fight between me and my student, Abdullah. In the last two laps, Abdullah was a bit aggressive and I didn’t want to take the risk and lose the championship points, so I decided to finish second, maintain the championship lead’ ended Al Sulaiti.
Al Sulaiti is still leading the championship, with 140 points but now, Al Qubaisi is in the second place overall with 119 points. Al Naimi is third with 104 points.
Al Naimi was not happy at all this weekend as he had some problems with the tyers during the race ‘The bike was very good with the used tyres during the practice sessions but when I changed to new tyres for the race, I had a problem with the front fork and the bike was not good. I tried to push from the beginning but it was not possible so I changed all my strategy to just finish the race with the best result and be at the podium. For the next track day, I will try to do different settings and hope it will work better’ said Al Naimi
In the QSTK Trophy, Jassim Al Thani took again another double win in his category with Mohamad Al Zaidan behind him in both races. For first time in this season, Kuwaiti rider Mohammad Al Eidi finished in the podium in third place.
‘The first race was very competitive so for me to achieve the third place is amazing. The Kuwaiti riders are competing fiercely together, of course the Qatari riders are in another level and it is really nice and great to be on the podium with them. In the second race, although I was leading some laps of my category, I went out a couple of corners, missing gears and couldn’t get on the podium again, but hopefully next round will be better’ said Al Eidi.
Jassim Al Thani is leading the QSTK Trophy championship with 150 points and Mohamad Al Zaidan is second with 120 points. The third place is for Hassan Al Mansoori with 75 points.
Trophies were presented by Mr. Salem Al Mohannadi (QMMF Board Member), Mr.Mohamad Al Kubaisi, (QMMF Board Member), Mr. Abdulrazak Al Kuwari (QMMF General Secretary) and Mr. Khalid Al Remaihi (LCSC General Manager and Vice President)
The fourth round will be on the 8th and 9th February 2019.
Another victory for Jassim Al Thani in the second race at the QSTK Trophy category with Mohammed Al Zaidan in second place as in race 1. This time, Qatar’s Hassan Al Mansoori completed the QSTK Trophy podium.
At the end of the round, Al Sulaiti was extremely happy with his results today ‘I am really happy to start the season with a victory a double win. In first race, I managed to made a good gap with the group behind so I decided not to push too much and stay in the bike and finish the race.’
‘In the second race, in the sighting lap I noticed I didn’t have too much grip and I lost the rear and did a high side. It was a big crash, I hurt my toe and came back to the pit to fix my bike. Many thanks to the LCSC mechanics who did a great job in short time and I started the race from the back of the grid. Many thanks to my team, mechanics, Losail Circuit Sports Club, QMMF and Ooredoo for their support’ said Al Sulaiti.
Mishal Al Naimi, now second in the overall standings, didn’t manage to fix his problem with the front tyre ‘’Finish second in the first race was very good for me. I did some changes in the clutch during the race and I did some mistake so went out of the track two times, losing time and then Kovacks and Al Thani passed me, but, I got again the pace and finished in second place.’
‘In the second race I tried to improve my bike and solve the problems I had since the official practice with the front tyre. Even I did the best lap time of the week I tried to push but I didn’t feel good after four laps and I couldn’t stay in the front. Mechanics worked very good in the set up but let’s see if in the next round we can solve the problem with the front tyre’ said Al Naimi.
Young rider Abdulla Al Qubaisi is improving in each round and had a great start in race 2 ‘In the first race, I went to the gravel when I was pushing too hard with the front group but luckily I rejoined and finish sixth. In the second race, I did a good start and I lead the race for four laps but when Saeed passed me I could only stayed behind and finish second’.
Good results for Jassim Al Thani who took also the double win in the QSTK Trophy ‘Overall the weekend was very good and the preparation in the off season is working very well. I did my best lap time today, 2.07.9 and that is very good. In the first race I was battling in the front with the QSTK riders and finished fourth overall and in the second race, I was a bit tired but managed to create a gap and also finish first in my category’ said Al Thani.
Kuwaiti rider Mohammed Al Zaidan is very happy with his performance in the weekend ‘The results of today are very good for me. I tried to push to get the first place in the last race but I don’t feel very good as I am sick, but overall I am very happy and improving in every round’ said Al Zaidan.
Trophies were presented by HE Ambassador of the State of Kuwait Hafeez Mohammed Al Ajmi, Adviser to the Minister of Sports Mr. Abdulrahman Musallam al-Dosari and Mr. Khalid Al Remaihi , LCSC Vice President and General Manager
The second round of Qatar Superstock Championship will be held on 2nd and 3rd February 2018.