BATELCO made Bahrain proud earlier this week when they secured a podium spot at the Fourth 24-Hour of America Endurance Go-Kart Championship.
The event, organised by Endurance Karting at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, saw drivers from all over the world competing on a 16-turn, 0.6-mile course.
It was the first time a 24-hour event was being held at the speedway, home track for Huntersville-based Endurance Karting.
The event featured 26 teams with an average of five racers from as far away as Mexico, England and Saudi Arabia.
Three teams from the Charlotte area, including one from Wells Fargo and one from Victory Lane Karting, were also in the fray.
And after a fiercely-contested race, Victory Lane Karting team completed the event first with a total of 1,515 laps and a best lap time of 55.343 seconds.
They were followed by ProCupKarting.com (1,512; 54.574) in second place while Batelco Racing were third with 1,511 laps and a best lap time of 54.542 seconds.
Team Whop (1,503; 55.197) were fourth, followed by fifth Racing 1 (,496; 55.197), sixth Random Racers (1,491; 55.528), seventh Ecuador Star Express (1,490; 55.102), eighth Team Banzai UK (1,487; 55.301), ninth Rolling Blunder (1,486; 55.455) and 10th ProCup (1,486; 55.514).
The Batelco racing team consisted of drivers Mohammed Mattar, Alban Varutti, Fabian Lanz, Paul Chatenay and Mathew Ponti. The team is managed by former Bahraini racer Ali Abbas.
Abbas said he was satisfied with the overall performance of his team, taking into consideration the level of other teams who took part in the event.
"The racers ranged in skill level from professionals to drivers with less than a year's experience. Their average age was 39 years," said Abbas.
"Everyone raced in identical Dino karts with 11-horsepower engines that have a top speed of 50 mph. The karts had a steel safety bar around them."
Abbas said Batelco's outstanding result is a continuation to the previous achievements of the team, having recently won the 24-Hour France International Challenge as well as the WGA Supercars held on home soil during last month's Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix.