There was bitter disappointment in today's Grand Prix of Sharjah today when half way round the final lap Philippe Chiappe slowed with a trim issue, Shaun Torrente moved up into second and followed Andersson across the finishing line to retain his title, the two title rivals finishing the season tied on 79 points apiece with Torrente winning on countback.
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Despite Marit Strømøy's retirement on lap 23 of the Grand Prix of Sharjah today, the Norwegian driver held on to 37 points to earn her highest overall championship finish, ending the season with a UIM Bronze medal.
Team Abu Dhabi’s Shaun Torrente retained his UIM F1H2O World Championship title in the most dramatic fashion today, edging out Sweden’s Jonas Andersson on a countback after the Swede won the Grand Prix of Sharjah.
Andersson looked set to claim the F1H2O crown for the first time until a damaged trim on the last lap for three-times world champion Philippe Chiappe saw Torrente squeeze past the Frenchman to snatch second place in the dying moments of the race.
It meant Torrente and Andersson finished tied on 79 points after securing two victories each, with the American emerging as champion as he recorded one more second place finish.
As Sir Alex Ferguson said after Manchester United's dramatic win over Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions' League Final win, 'Football - Bloody Hell!'
Team Abu Dhabi's Shaun Torrente must have had exactly the same thought as he won the 2019 F1H2o World Championship on the 45th and final lap in Sharjah today.
Sweden's Jonas Andersson took a crucial pole position in Sharjah this afternoon, while his championship rival, Shaun Torrente, will start from fifth in the final F1H2o race of the season on Saturday.
The Victory Team's Erik Stark headed the times in the second free practice session held in Sharjah today, his tour of 45.58 seconds eclipsed the 46.09 he set earlier in extra free practice.
Erik Stark was quickest in the F1H2o extra free practice session this morning when he went round the Sharjah course in 46.09 seconds and it compares favourably with his 2018 pole-setting time of 45.61.
Guido Cappellini believes Shaun Torrente and Thani Al Qemzi can cope with the intense pressure they face in this weekend’s Grand Prix of Sharjah and emerge with another double title triumph in the UIM F1H2O World Championship.