Bahrain1Racing team, owned by His Majesty King Hamad’s personal representative Shaikh Abdulla bin Hamad Al Khalifa, has won a second successive world championship title in the NHRA Pro Mod Series, the world’s most prestigious drag racing championship.

Driver Steve Jackson, who is popularly known as ‘Stevie Fast’, clinched his second consecutive Pro Mod championship for Bahrain1Racing in the Dodge NHRA Finals on Sunday, held at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the US.

In an incredible finish to the year, the Bahrain1 team dominated, to fill the first three places at the final event of the series.

Besides clinching the 2020 Pro Mod title, Jackson also took first place overall in the round for Bahrain1.

In the eliminations, Jackson narrowly beat Brandon Snider in a winner-take-all second round race that decided the season title. Snider headed into the weekend as the championship’s points leader, but by defeating his principal rival, Jackson and his supercharged Bahrain1 Camaro earned a semifinal bye due to the 11-car field that ensured enough points to prevent his remaining challenger, teammate Khalid Al Balooshi, from surpassing him on the standings.

Against Snider, Jackson registered a winning time of 5.776 seconds, just over a hundredth of a second quicker than Snider, who registered a time of 5.787s. Jackson also had a top speed of 248.66mph, which helped him overcome his slower reaction time of 0.022s coming off the starting line.

Jackson then went on to face Al Balooshi in an all-Bahrain final, which he won 5.789s to 5.890s. Jackson had a top speed of 247.47mph with a 0.050s reaction time in his pass.

Jackson’s title-deciding triumph was a fitting culmination to a hugely competitive season in the Pro Mod class, which saw six different winners in the campaign’s six races and five different points leaders.

Meanwhile, Shaikh Abdulla congratulated His Majesty on the success of the Bahrain1 team, hailing the Royal support to sports in the kingdom, particularly motorsports which has produced remarkable results for Bahrain in regional, continental and global championships.

He also extended congratulations to His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa and His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister.

Shaikh Abdulla praised the determination of Bahrain 1 team which succeeded in retaining its title despite the current circumstances resulting from the outbreak of the pandemic.

His Majesty’s representative for humanitarian work and youth affairs and Supreme Council for Youth and Sport chairman Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa congratulated Shaikh Abdulla on the victory.

“Winning the title for the second year in a row cements Bahrain1’s position in international car racing events. It is a result of the unlimited support the team is receiving from Shaikh Abdulla as well as his efforts to improve it,” Shaikh Nasser said.

Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) chief executive Shaikh Salman bin Isa Al Khalifa also congratulated Shaikh Abdulla and driver Jackson for winning a second successive world championship title.

“I offer my sincerest congratulations to Shaikh Abdulla and his Bahrain1Racing team on their second successive world championship. We are delighted to be a partner of the team, which has yet again demonstrated its position at the top of its class in world motorsport,” said Shaikh Salman.




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