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 winning both Pole Position and the race at the Abu Dhabi breakwater.
With that result, the pack of four chasing two-time defending champion Chiappe for the world crown wilted down to just one driver, Victory Team’s Torrente.
Following Andersson’s win, the defending two-time world champion Chiappe happily settled into a safe second place, while Team Abu Dhabi’s Carella powered past Torrente denying the Florida driver of a near certain podium, and along with it a vital three points.
Chiappe now proceeds to Sharjah enjoying a 19-point cushion at the top of the overall drivers’ standings with the CTIC China Team’s French driver with 82 points, while the American driver holds a mathematical chance of winning the crown as he stands in second with 63 points.
Andersson’s 20 points on Friday pulled the Swedish driver into third place with 57 points, while Sami Selio and Carella are tied for fourth with an identical 54 points and all three out of the running for the world crown.
Considering the times I have lapped during practice and later during qualifying I can see a lot of hope in Sharjah. From now on, we need to keep on improving. With a little bit of luck we should be able to get the result we want.