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Andersson takes Sharjah pole – Then dramatically flips on second run of Q3

Team Abu Dhabi’s Alex Carella, Thani Al-Qamzi and rookie Rashed Al-Qamzi qualified in seventh, 11th and 16th positions, as the outcome of the UIM F1 H2O World Championship goes down to the wire between Frenchman Philippe Chiappe and American Shaun Torrente in Friday afternoon’s Grand Prix of Sharjah on Khaled Lagoon. Thursday afternoon’s BRM Qualifying session was a crucial affair, not only for the Team Abu Dhabi trio, but also for the two title protagonists. Chiappe managed to stay ahead of Torrente to claim second position in the third session of BRM Qualifying, but recent Abu Dhabi race winner Jonas Andersson carded a lap of 44.33sec before barrel-rolling his boat nose down into Khaled Lagoon. Assuming Team Sweden can repair the damage without replacing the engine, Andersson will start the race from pole position – the Swede’s second such feat…

Torrente hasn’t given up hope

Gulf News is reporting that Victory Team’s Shaun Torrente has refused to throw in the towel while vouching to chase down CTIC China Team’s and two-time world defending champion Philippe Chiappe ahead of the 2016 UIM F1H2O season finale in Sharjah this week. Torrente lost a vital three points to former Qatar teammate Alex Carella as the Italian finished a mere 0.35 seconds clear in third place and deny the Dubai team driver a certain podium finish. Torrente told Gulf News; I am so frustrated at what happened in the final five laps of the race. Fortunately we have a long weekend ahead of us and we can sort out issues with the boat and get ready for Sharjah. Last Friday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix threw up a few surprises as Jonas Andersson of Team Sweden continued his strong showing…

Team Abu Dhabi aim to round off a successful season in Sharjah

Frenchman Chiappe needs a top 10 finish to deprive Victory’s Torrente of possible title Team Abu Dhabi’s Alex Carella returns from Italy bidding to win Pole Position Championship Team Abu Dhabi will be aiming to round off another successful season in world power boating by winning the F1 H2O grand prix and the two F4-S races at this weekend’s final round of the UIM F1 H2O World Championship on Khaled Lagoon in Sharjah. Fresh from finishing third in the Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi and claiming a first ever UIM F4-S Championship title, the team out of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) travels the short distance through Dubai to the third largest of the emirates determined to wrap up the season in winning style. While Alex Carella and Thani Al-Thani will be aiming for the top step…

Andersson wins F1 H2o Abu Dhabi GP from pole

Team Sweden’s Jonas Andersson survived three yellow flag stoppages to claim a thrilling victory in Friday afternoon’s Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi, as Team Abu Dhabi’s Alex Carella recovered from yesterday’s accident to snatch third place from the clutches of the Victory Team’s Shaun Torrente within metres of the finish of the race at the Abu Dhabi Breakwater. In a race that has strengthened runner-up Philippe Chiappe’s case for claiming a third successive world title heading into next weekend’s Sharjah showdown, yellow flag incidents ignited the drama and Carella overcame a crash on Friday and news of the death of his father in Italy on Thursday evening to round off the podium in a nail-biting climax. Andersson’s win was his first since the 2009 Grand Prix in Liuzhou and a fifth in his career. An emotional Carella said; It was…

F1 H2o pole for Andersson in Abu Dhabi

Team Abu Dhabi faces a daunting race against time to ensure that Alex Carella will start Friday’s Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi in a competitive boat after the three-time World Champion somersaulted spectacularly out of the second stint of a pulsating BRM Qualifying session at the Abu Dhabi Breakwater on Thursday afternoon. Fractions of a second separated the leading group and Carella’s accident meant that he missed out on the Q3 shoot-out and was awarded sixth place, with pole position falling to Team Sweden’s Jonas Andersson from Erik Stark of the Emirates Racing Team in an all-Swedish 1-2. Defending World Champion Philippe Chiappe, Victory’s Team’s Shaun Torrente and Ahmed Al-Hameli qualified in third, fourth and fifth places. Carella, who still leads the UIM F1 H2O Pole Position Championshp, is sure to fall further down the starting order on Friday when…

19 F1 H2o drivers from 12 nations set for testing course off Abu Dhabi Breakwater

This year’s Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi, the traditional penultimate round of the UIM F1 H2O World Championship, roars into life on Thursday with the first of two F4-S support races and BRM Pole Position qualifying for the world’s finest tunnel boat racers. Staged on a tricky course off the Abu Dhabi Breakwater and hosted by the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC), the main race has attracted 19 drivers from 12 nations, including Team Abu Dhabi’s Thani Al-Qamzi and Alex Carella. Frenchman Philippe Chiappe of the CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team leads the F1 H2O Drivers’ Championship by 13 points from the Victory Team’s Shaun Torrente. Carella is fourth in the points’ standings behind Finland’s Sami Selio. Etihad Airways is the official carrier for Team Abu Dhabi that is also supported by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and…

5 way battle for 2016 F1 H2o Championship

The Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) is putting the final touches together in readiness to host the Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi, the penultimate round of the UIM F1 H2O World Championship, on December 7-9. This will be the 23rd time that the club has hosted a round of the prestigious championship, where five of the world’s finest drivers are in with a chance of claiming this year’s title on a challenging course off the Abu Dhabi Breakwater. Team Abu Dhabi is chasing a fifth championship triumph and a first since 2006. All eyes will focus on three-time World Champion, Alex Carella, who is flying the flag for the UAE capital alongside experienced teammate Thani Al-Qamzi. Carella lies fourth in the points’ standings after races in Dubai, Evian, Porto, Harbin and Liuzhou and knows that nothing short of…

Trask’s F1h2o Return

Grant Trask will be driving for the EMIC Racing Team in a DAC hull at the F1h20 races of Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. The Aussie circuit racer will be bringing his sponsors, Monster Homes AUS and the Trask Development Corporation to the team. Trask comes from a family of racers. His father and uncle, Bob and Dave have also both raced in international Formula 1. Trask has raced in UIM F1h20 before, however, increasing work commitments took precedence until now.

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