On Saturday, the final round of the 2018 UIM F1H2o World Championship will be contested in Sharjah, UAE.
One thing is for sure, the new World Champion will be a driver from Guido Cappellini’s Team Abu Dhabi outfit.
Shaun Torrente has taken race wins in Portugal, China and India this year and with other points gained in France and Abu Dhabi yesterday, his total of 77 puts him on top of the standings.
He told me this morning:
It’s what we have worked for all year, my goal was to arrive in Sharjah with my fate in my hands, now time to meet my second goal, winning the World Championship!
Thani Al Qemzi’s season has been about consistency with a sole DNF in India blighting his finishing record.
His win yesterday gave him a valuable 20 points hoisting him into second with a total just 3 points short of Torrente’s tally.
Erik Stark competed in the first two races of the season for the French Maverick Team.
His win in London as a virtual ‘privateer’ convinced Cappellini to sign-up the Swedish driver.
Stark immediately repaid that faith by winning for Team Abu Dhabi in France and in equal measure put on one of the finest Pole setting laps for many a season.
Third places in China and India kept him in the hunt, although yesterday’s retirement hasn’t aided his chances to add a F1H2o World Title to the four he won in UIM F2.
He trails Al Qemzi by 9 points and is 12 points behind Florida’s Torrente.
There was a fear after the Abu Dhabi historic 1-2-3 podium in France that the F1H2o championship would be consigned to UAE domination.
However a strong performance from Marit Strømøy in India and podium drives from Peter Morin and Sami Selio yesterday have somewhat allayed those concerns and split the points.
One thing is for sure, midday (GMT) next Saturday in Sharjah, ‘will be one incredible game for our three drivers’ as Guido Cappellini so colourfully put it.