If the 2018 UIM International circuit and offshore racing seasons should be remembered for anything, it’s the man that made history.
Floridian, Shaun Torrente won World Championships in both disciplines at the very highest level.
Torrente who joined Team Abu Dhabi in December 2017, took the UIM F1H2o Gold Medal in Sharjah after securing races wins in Portugal, France and India.
The delighted American commented on the podium:
This has been my lifelong dream and ambition.
I thank my amazing team at Team Abu Dhabi.
We made it work and we are World Champions together.
His main competition for the title were his team-mates, Erik Stark and Thani Al Qemzi.
The UIM Silver Medalist, four time UIM F2 World Champion, Stark had an extraordinary 2018 season in F1H2o, winning three out of the seven Grands Prix and ending the season with 85 points overall.
Al Qemzi challenged for the title until the final race, engine issues midway through the Grand Prix of Sharjah ruined his chances and he had to be satisfied with Bronze.
2018 UIM F1H2o World Championship
Gold) Shaun Torrente (UAE) 89 points
Silver) Erik Stark (UAE) 85 points
Bronze) Thani Al-Qemzi (UAE) 74 points
Torrente teamed up with Faleh Al-Mansoori in the UIM’s offshore XCAT World Championship.
The pairing beat off stiff competition from Nadir Bin Hendi and Arif Saif Al-Zafeen in Dubai Police, their Abu Dhabi team mates Rashed al Tayer and Majed al Mansoori and The Blue Roo – Team Australia (Pål Virik Nilsen and Jan Trygve Braaten).
2018 UIM XCAT World Championship
Gold) Shaun Torrente and Faleh Al-Mansoori (UAE) 213 points
Silver) Nadir Bin Hendi and Arif Saif Al-Zafeen (UAE) 204 points
Bronze) Rashed al Tayer and Majed al Mansoori (UAE) 184 points
20-year-old Comparato wins UIM F2 Gold
20-year-old Italian, Alberto Comparato became the youngest person to win a UIM F2 World Championship.
Comparato took wins in Kaunus, Lithuania and Tonsberg, Norway and he told PRW:
It’s a dream to win the F2 title!
My father and I have worked hard for the last 3 years with many test laps and finally we have made it.
Only one Italian driver has won the F2 World title before me and that was my father in Corfu 2001 – 17 years ago!
Reigning Champion, Rashed Al-Qemzi took Silver and Lithuania’s Edgaras Riabko captured the Bronze.
Comparato will race for F1 Team Atlantic next season and will make his F1H2o racing debut in Portimao in May of 2019.
2018 UIM F2 World Championship
Gold) Alberto Comparato (ITA) 47 points
Silver) Rashed Al-Qemzi (UAE) 29 points
Bronze) Edgaras Riabko (LIT) 27 points
Edgaras Riabko won the UIM F2 European Championship, the Lithuanian won all 4 heats of the 2018 Championship in Zarasai, at an event that he had organised.
Duarte Benavente stayed consistent and took the Silver Medal home to Portugal, with Russia’s Konstantin Ustinov rounding off the podium places with Bronze.
2018 Hegelmann UIM F2 European Championship
Gold) Edgaras Riabko (LTU) 1200 points
Silver) Duarte Benavente (POR) 825 points
Bronze) Konstantin Ustinov (RUS) 750 points
Jernfast dominates UIM F4 with European and World wins
Morgan Jernfast won the 2018 UIM F4 European and World Championships.
Jernfast from Österskär in Sweden captured the UIM Gold Medal in Mâcon and the UIM F4 European Championship in Latvia back in July.
Nikita Lijcs took Silver and the Bronze went to Tuukka Lehtonen.
2018 UIM F4 World Championship
Gold) Morgan Jernfast (SWE) 101 points
Silver) Nikita Lijcs (LAT) 88 points
Bronze) Tuukka Lehtonen (FIN) 83 points
2018 UIM F4 European Championship
Gold) Morgan Jernfast (SWE) 1100 points
Silver) Tuukka Lehtonen (FIN) 900 points
Bronze) Ben Jelf (GBR) 895 points