Arriving on UK shores for round two of the campaign holding the Pro-Am championship lead, after a win during the season-opener in Monza, Italy last month, Ahmad and teammate Jonny Adam got the Silverstone weekend off to a good start over Friday-Saturday.
During the opening 'bronze test' on Friday, Ahmad steered the No 97 Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 to the third quickest time, and in Saturday’s free practice, the Muscat-based racer rocketed to the top of the timesheets with a best lap of two minute, 00.51 seconds - four tenths of a second quicker than anyone.
Focusing thereafter on set-up work for the three-hour race, Ahmad and Adam didn’t push for a representative time in pre-qualifying in order to fine tune the Oman Racing car for the all-important final qualifying session.
“Everything has gone really well so far,” said Ahmad. “We had a good run on Friday, then we had a very good first test session on Saturday. We decided to push and see what we could get out of the car. We then worked on the set-up for the rest of that session.
“In pre-qualifying, we focused on the race pace, making small changes, and I think we’re in a strong position for both qualifying and the race.
“Obviously, we’re carrying a strong momentum from Monza to Silverstone. So hopefully, we can do it when it matters this weekend.”