Ahmed Al Muyni stole the show in the second round of National Race Day at Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) in Sakhir.
Al Muyni clinched a rare ‘double-double’, winning all four races from two different motorbike categories, namely the Bahrain Superbike Championship (BSBK) and the Bahrain Motorcycle Racing (BMR) 600.
Meanwhile, Raed Himmo, a former champion and perennial contender in the BIC 2,000cc Challenge, emerged victorious in the meeting’s first race.
All the action took place along the 2.55-kilometre Inner Track of BIC, beginning in the day time and then ending under floodlights at night.
Al Muyni was in a class of his own with a clean sweep of both races in the BSBK and BMR 600.
In the BSBK, after topping the timesheets in qualifying to earn pole position for race one, Al Muyni won the 11-lap opening sprint in a total time of 12 minutes 54.977 seconds – 6.924 seconds ahead of runner-up Wesley Pearce. Salman Khalaf came third 14.638s back.
Race two featured the same podium, with Al Muyni taking the chequered flag 3.307s ahead of Pearce and Khalaf finishing 13.456s behind.
In the BMR 600, Al Muyni topped the field in qualifying and once again secured the leading position at the start grid. He made no mistake in defending his place despite plenty of pressure from his closest rival Mohammad Al Zaidan.
Only 0.327s split the pair at the end of race one, who were well ahead of the rest of the riders. Nasser Al Khadra came third a massive 32.976s back. They made up the top three in the race’s Super Stock category.
In the Hornet class, Mohammed Al Ateeqi was victorious. He was followed by Pawel Rosciszewski and Ahmad Abdulsalam.
In race two, the same trio finished in the same order as the first race, although Al Muyni enjoyed a more comfortable victory having a 14.585s gap in front of Al Zaidan by the finish. Al Khadra was classified third 33.309s behind.
The Hornet class also had the same podium-placers, with Al Ateeqi, Rosciszewski and Abdulsalam taking the top three.
Finally, Himmo was engaged in a tough battle for the number one spot and eventually claimed a win in race one of the BIC 2,000cc Challenge.
Himmo, driving a Honda Civic, took control after former champion and pole-sitter Shaikh Salman bin Isa bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, also in a Civic, retired from the race in the seventh lap.
Himmo charged to the lead and completed the 12-lap sprint in 16:03.641, just 5.407s ahead of Ahmed Bin Khanen in a Honda Civic EG4. Defending champion Tim Birkin in a Honda Integra came third 9.307s behind.
The day’s winners were honoured in a podium ceremony attended by officials from BIC, the Bahrain Motor Federation and Circuit Racing Club.