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Al-Hameli edges out Chiappe and Carella for Liuzhou F1 H20 pole

Sunday afternoon’s BRM Qualifying on the 2.02km, six-pin course on the Liu River was split into three sessions with the slowest six of the 18 entrants eliminated in the first 20-minute session. Alex Carella put in a time of 46.61 seconds in the first three minutes to try and put himself into Q2 early on, but Thani Al-Qamzi was down in ninth at the mid point of the session with a lap of 48.43 seconds and needed to keep an eye on his rivals running behind to ensure it made it into the top 12. Nadir Bin Hendi, Filip Roms, Francesco Cantando, Christophe Larigot, Jesper Forss and Jonas Andersson were eventually eliminated, with engine issues preventing Andersson doing more than a handful of laps at the end of the session. Bartek Marszalak clipped a turn buoy and was duly penalised…

Carella is looking to bounce back

Team Abu Dhabi’s Alex Carella will be hoping to bounce back strongly from his spectacular accident in Harbin last month, when he tackles this weekend’s Grand Prix of Liuzhou, round five of the 2016 UIM F1 H2O World Championship, on the Liu River in China. The former leader of the Drivers’ Championship lost ground on his main rivals by failing to pick up any points on Harbin’s Hulan Estuary Wetland Park course and knows that a podium finish is an absolute must on the Liu River if he is to remain in title contention heading to the final two rounds of the series in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah in December. Following Carella’s retirement in Harbin and team-mate Thani Al-Qamzi’s disqualification from 10th position for a lane violation at the start of the first of the two back-to-back Chinese races, Team…

Selio takes victory in Harbin as Carella crashes out

Team Abu Dhabi’s Alex Carella was involved in a high-speed crash on lap 24 of Sunday’s Grand Prix of Harbin and was unable to extend his lead in the UIM F1 H2O World Championship at the Hulan Estuary Wetland Park course in north-eastern China. The Italian collided with Baba’s Racing’s Filip Roms, while both drivers were duelling for second position in the 60-lap race, and their demise opened the door for pole position winner Sami Selio of Finland to take his first win of the season. Carella was taken to a local hospital for checks and medical attention. Team Sweden’s Jonas Andersson maintained second place after the restart and held it to the finish, while defending World Champion Philippe Chiappe rounded off the podium and moved 10 points ahead of Carella in the UIM F1 H2O Drivers’ Championship standings. Shaun…

Team Abu Dhabi’s Carella and Al-Qamzi head to China

Team Abu Dhabi resumes its challenge for honours in the prestigious UIM F1 H2O World Championship, when Alex Carella and Thani Al-Qamzi represent the team out of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) at this weekend’s Grand Prix of Harbin (September 2-4) in north-eastern China. Just days after sending a team to a round of the UIM F2 Championship in Lithuania, Team Abu Dhabi heads straight to Asia, where Carella hopes to defend his slender two-point lead in the championship and stay on course to give the ADIMSC a long awaited UIM F1 H2O world title. Situated in the northernmost area of the People’s Republic of China, the new addition to H2O Racing’s F1 calendar will take place at the Hulan Estuary Wetland Park, with the race scheduled to start at 3pm local time (07.00 am GMT time) on Sunday…

Chiappe’s back on top in Portimão

F1H2o Grand Prix of Portugal, Portimão Team Abu Dhabi’s Alex Carella maintained his UIM F1 H2O World Championship lead by finishing fifth overall in Sunday’s Grand Prix of Portugal on the Arade River in Portimão. Carella was deprived of his 13th career win by a flying double World Champion, Philippe Chiappe, who hit the front at one-third distance and began to pull away from the Italian. Carella eventually finished fifth behind the Frenchman, double World Champion Sami Selio, Shaun Torrente and Team Sweden’s Jonas Andersson after a niggling technical issue cost him valuable time Team Abu Dhabi’s Thani Al-Qamzi reached the finish in seventh position after passing Erik Stark midway through the race, only to be passed again by the Swede in the closing minutes. The result means that the CTIC China Team moves one point ahead of Team Abu Dhabi…

Selio takes F1H2o Portugal Pole

UIM F1H2o BRM Qualifying on the Arade River was rescheduled for Sunday morning in place of free practice and was split into two sessions for the second time in three weeks. Race officials arranged to run Q1 over 20 minutes to eliminate seven of the 19 boats and, after a 10-minute break, Q2 ran for 30 minutes to determine the top six for pole position points. Weather conditions were more favourable on the 1.937km course on Sunday and Chiappe made his intentions clear from the outset with an opening lap of 43.67 seconds in clear water conditions. That was sufficient to put the Frenchman into Q2. Carella and Al-Qamzi slotted into seventh and ninth places and survived the cut to progress to Q2. Mike Szymura, Jesper Forss, Christophe Larigot, Cédric Deguisne, Nadir Bin Hendi and Filip Roms were eliminated, but…

Strong winds and adverse tides forces UIM F1 H2o BRM Qualifying to be postponed until Sunday

Strong southerly winds and an outgoing tide made conditions too dangerous for UIM F1 H2o BRM qualifying in Portimão today. H2O Race officials made the decision to postpone the session until tomorrow morning for the second time in the space of three weeks. UIM safely commissioner Luis Ribeiro said, The conditions were getting worse with the wind and the effect of the flow of the river. This form of racing is a dangerous sport and safety in always of paramount importance. This was the obvious decision to take, because the forecast was not good and we were already running later than scheduled. Teams were permitted free practice on Saturday morning. Erik Stark of the Emirates Racing Team had been quickest in the practice session with a best lap of 44.58sec.

F1H2o – Grand Prix of Portugal – Portimão

Team Abu Dhabi heads to the scenic Portuguese Algarve region this week, as Alex Carella attempts to continue the momentum he showed with a famous victory at the Grand Prix of France two weekends ago and Thani Al-Qamzi aims to bounce back from a second successive disappointment in the UIM F1 H2O World Championship. The Grand Prix of Portugal takes place on the Arade River in Portimão on Sunday (July 31) and the team out of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) has the bit between its teeth after Carella’s sensational victory in Evian catapulted the Italian to the top of the Drivers’ Championship and gave Team Abu Dhabi an eight-point advantage in the Teams’ title race. Carella also leads the UIM Pole Position series by three points from two-time World Champion Philippe Chiappe. The win in France…

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