TDT | Manama
The Daily Tribune – www.newsofbahrain.com
Ebrahim Al Mubarak was crowned champion for the third successive season in the Bahrain Esport Gran Turismo Championship. Al Mubarak secured his title treble after finishing in third place in the fifth and final round of the campaign, which was held along a virtual version of popular German track the Nurburgring.
The series was run on the Gran Turismo Sport video game on the Sony PlayStation 4 or 5 platforms, which is officially licenced by the International Automobile Federation (FIA). Al Mubarak’s podium finish gave him 108 points to finish the season, well ahead of his closest challenge Hussain Ali Hasan, who had 73 points.
Hassan Khalil Ebrahim finished third in the season with 61 points. As the season’s champion, Al Mubarak came away with the grand prize of BD500 to go along with his winnings from each round.
Hasan pocketed BD300 in second place overall while Ebrahim took home BD200. In the season-finale, Al Mubarak claimed pole position for the 10-lap race after setting the fastest time of one minute 52.816 seconds during Qualifying, driving his Corvette C7 Gr.3 car.
He was a mere 0.524 seconds quicker than Lewis Smith in a WRX Gr.3. Smith went on to win the race in 19:24.151, with Asif Vorajee as the runner-up 3.982s behind in a Beetle Gr.3. Al Mubarak claimed third place 7.327s back. Along with his win, Smith also clocked the race’s fastest lap of 1:54.479.