2018 UIM F1H2o World Champion, Shaun Torrente was back to his absolute best in the Grand Prix of China qualifying this morning, when he took Pole Position with a stunning 50.87 lap time.
Lap times were far quicker than yesterday due to less wind, Torrente’s time was mighty compared with the 52.26 that Alex Carella posted for yesterday’s pole.
Torrente finished fourth in yesterday’s race after qualifying in ninth and told F1H2o’s Nigel Quilter after today’s session:
Getting knocked down is normal, it’s how you get back up.
This team is just incredible.
We looked at ourselves in the mirror last night because we got kicked yesterday and talked about how we would fix it.
We looked at the data, the engine the propeller selection and at how I was driving parts of the race course.
We looked at everything, what we had and put together a programme for today that was incredible.
The boat was completely different, just amazing.
Carella posted a 51.51 today, good enough for third, just behind Peter Morin’s 51.23.
World Championship leader, Jonas Andersson experienced engine issues during Q2 and his engineers worked feverishly to get him back on the track.
They succeeded and he went on to progress into Q3 and set a 51.79, that puts him fourth on the grid.
Marit Stromoy’s is currently third in the World Championship and her time of 51.81 slotted her into fifth, she said after:
I am not at all happy with that.
It was a knife to my heart because I really felt that I could get pole.
Stromoy put the problem down to the fact that she was running low on fuel and losing power in the turns.
Grand Prix of China
Sunday 20 October
07:45 – 08:00 F1H2O Parade Lap
08:00 – 09:00 F1H2O Grand Prix of China
09:10 – 09:30 Prize Giving Ceremony
*All times GMT
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Add 2 hours for Central European Time
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2019 UIM F1H2o Grand Prix of China- Rebellion Qualifications
|Driver||#||Team||Hull / Engine||Time|
|Shaun Torrente||1||Team Abu Dhabi||DAC / Mercury||50.87|
|Peter Morin||8||CTIC F1 Shenzhen China||Moore / Mercury||51.23|
|Alex Carella||70||Maverick Racing||DAC / Mercury||51.51|
|Jonas Andersson||14||Team Sweden||DAC / Mercury||51.79|
|Marit Strømøy||50||Emirates Racing||BaBa / Mercury||51.81|
|Philippe Chiappe||7||CTIC F1 Shenzhen China||Moore / Mercury||52.55|
|Thani Al Qemzi||2||Team Abu Dhabi||DAC / Mercury||52.81|
|Erik Edin||15||Team Sweden||DAC / Mercury||52.82|
|Alberto Comparato||9||F1 Atlantic Team||DAC / Mercury||53.27|
|Sami Seliö||11||Sharjah Team||BaBa / Mercury||53.31|
|Filip Roms||12||Sharjah Team||BaBa / Mercury||53.99|
|Erik Stark||74||Victory Team||DAC / Mercury||DNS Q2|
|Greg Foster||36||Blaze Performance||Blaze / Mercury||55.23|
|Bartek Marszalek||77||Emirates Racing||DAC / Mercury||56.24|
|Cédric Deguisne||73||Maverick Racing||Moore / Mercury||56.25|
|Francesco Cantando||37||Blaze Performance||Blaze / Mercury||57.14|
|David Del Pin||3||Victory Team||Victory / Mercury||57.85|
|Duarte Benavente||10||F1 Atlantic Team||Moore / Mercury||DNS Q3|
John raced Offshore UIM Class 3 in the 1980’s & 1990’s.
He served as the Cowes Torquay Cowes Event Director for 4 years, including running the 50 th Anniversary Event in 2010.
He has recently organised 4 British Offshore races under UKOPRA sanction.
He is the Editor of Powerboat Racing World.