Tim Birkin clinched the 2016/2017 title of the BIC 2,000cc Challenge last Friday night
Birkin did so in style, taking both a podium and a victory in the season’s seventh and final round, held at a brilliantly floodlit Bahrain International Circuit.
Only one other driver still had a mathematical chance of stealing away the championship, but chief rival Mohamed Faqihi had an unlucky finale. That helped seal the title for Birkin, who managed to finish his campaign strong with a third-place classification in race one and then a well-deserved victory in race two.
“I now know why Nico Rosberg resigned after winning his title; I’ve just been a nervous wreck, worrying about everything and anything possibly breaking down”
said a visibly relieved Birkin after the round’s podium ceremony.
Birkin has captured the maiden 2,000cc title of his career. The Abu Dhabi resident first made his debut in the BIC-based series in the 2008/2009 season, and has since consistently been one of championship frontrunners.
This is a fantastic family in the Circuit Racing Club (CRC), where all the drivers are so friendly – there’s no wonder why it’s the longest-running championship in the region, It’s such a good one
Raed Himmo driving a Honda CIVIC topped qualifying to take the leading grid position in race one alongside Faqihi, who was also driving a CIVIC. Lee Stones in a BMW 3 Series/F20C started from third and Birkin, in a Honda Integra, was in fourth place.
In race two, Birkin started from fourth and Martyna was on pole. It didn’t take long before Birkin was in front. He finished the 12-lap event in 16:27.988. Birkin managed to beat Stones by just 0.271s at the end, while Himmo claimed third place 29.169s back.
Birkin ended the 2,000cc season with 223 points while Faqihi followed by Himmo with 173 points. Martyna was ranked third on 164, while Faqihi went to fourth place with 164 poins.