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Carella’s French Success

Team Abu Dhabi’s Alex Carella claimed a stunning start-to-finish victory after dominating the 21st Grand Prix of France on Lac Leman on Sunday afternoon. A second successive victory in France for the driver out of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) pushed him into title contention after the premature retirement of defending World Champion and series leader Philippe Chiappe threw the title race wide open. Carella also moved into the lead in the UIM F1 H20 Pole Position Trophy after his second successive pole position in Evian. Two-time World Champion Sami Selio finished second and holds a one-point lead in the Drivers’ Championship over Carella. Victory Team’s Shaun Torrente recovered well from a crash in qualifying to finish third, while Thani and Rashed Al-Qemzi put their Portugal disappointments behind them to claim sixth and 12th places. “This is…

UIM F1 H2o – Evian Pole for Carella

Team Abu Dhabi’s Alex Carella will start the UIM F1H2O Grand Prix of France from pole position for the second time in two years. The Italian set the mark for his rivals to chase with a 48.98s lap very early in the session, which proved to be too good and gives the tree-time world champion his 13th pole position. Shaun Torrente’s hopes of taking his first Grand Prix win in France took a severe knock after the Victory driver crashed out of qualifying on just his fourth lap, his time of 52.35s putting him in 15th, but the American must wait to see how bad the damage to engine and boat is. Any change would drop him further down the field. Defending world champion Philippe Chiappe was unable to repeat his pole success of 2015 and will start from P2,…

F1 H2o suffers with the wind again

F1 H2o race officials were left with no option other than to postpone Saturday’s qualifying for Sunday’s Grand Prix of France on Lac Leman. Strong winds and unsafe water conditions made the course too hazardous to risk any high-speed action for the 19 drivers from 11 nations on the six-pin, 2.21km course at Evian-les-Bains. The same situation prevailed in Portugal back in April. UIM Commissioner Luis Ribeiro said; It has been a very difficult day for everyone. All we can do is watch, wait and adapt our schedule accordingly. Today, it has not been possible to put any boats on the water because the conditions are so changeable and, at times, very severe. The drivers’ safety is our priority and there was no option other than to cancel. Saturday morning’s practice session was also cancelled because of high winds on…

Alex UIM F1H2o – Carella, Thani and Rashed Al-Qemzi prepare for Evian

Team Abu Dhabi will be hoping to bounce back from Portuguese disappointment when Alex Carella and Thani and Rashed Al-Qemzi tackle the 21st Grand Prix of France, round two of the UIM F1 H2O World Championship, at Evian-les-Bains in France on Sunday. A series of engine issues wrecked the team out of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club’s (ADIMSC) chances of winning the opening storm-affected round on the Arada River in southern Portugal and a hard-earned fourth place for Carella was scant reward for pre-season preparations and a dedicated all-round team effort. Team Abu Dhabi will be hoping that those engine issues are firmly ensconced in history when the trio bid to chase down defending World Champion and Portugal race winner Philippe Chiappe on Lac Leman. Chiappe began his defence with a maximum 20-point haul; Carella trails by 11…

Trask Records Outstanding Finish Against All Odds

Aussie F1 driver Grant Trask has recorded a stunning sixth place in the opening round of the F1H20 2017 UIM World Championship, in Portugal. Grant Trask is the only Australian and the only disabled pilot contesting the 2017 World Championship. With virtually zero seat time in practice and two blown engines on race day, Trask was relegated to pole position 18 on the start dock. With Saturday all practice and qualifying sessions abandoned due to 70 km/h winds, officials restructured the Sunday GP program. A 90-minute combined qualifying session was staged at 9:00 am with the GP set to start at 1:00 pm. Driving an unfamiliar DAC hull in his first drive with the F1 Atlantic Team, Grant Trask desperately needed every minute of practice. Fate intervened and it wasn’t to be. Early in the Sunday practice session, Trask’s 2.5…

Chiappe conquers Portimão

Philippe Chiappe won the first round of the UIM F1 H2o World Championship in Portimão today. Pole Sitter and early leader Shaun Torrente blew piston #3 on lap 10 leaving the 2016 World Champion 40 laps to hold the lead. Torrente told me after; I’m not too disappointed, we now know that the boat is quick in qualifying and race set-up. We have a great package for 2017. Drive of the day has to go Finland’s Sami Selio, he carved his way from 9th on the grid to the runners up spot. He said; I’m really pleased, I had big problems with the back markers and by the time I got into second, Chiappe had pulled out too much of a lead for me to challenge him. If Selio took drive of the day, the most popular was local hero Duarte Benavente’s third place.…

Torrente quickest in Portimão

Shaun Torrente was positively on fire during the F1H2o BRM Qualifying in Portimão this morning. The Victory Team driver put in a quickest lap time of 0:42.80 bettering nearest rival and team mate Ahmed Al Hameli by 0.33 of a second. Al Hameli’s superb time was overshadowed by a massive accident wrecking his sponson, onlookers watched the driver walk away unharmed. When asked after about the problems his nearest rivals had experienced Torrente replied; I’m only interested in the problems within my cockpit and am relieved that Ahmed is okay. We’re fairly sure there is more to come for the race later. Main Photo: Chris Davies  

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