Team Abu Dhabi’s Shaun Torrente survived a race long onslaught from teammate Thani Al Qemzi in an absolute thriller on the Arade River in Portimao to win the UIM F1H2O Grand Prix of Portugal for the second time.
For the last 20 laps I only had trim sometimes and I was just fighting with everything I had.
I Knew Thani was coming and I just fought him off, held him off.
I hope he’s not upset but I was driving as best as I could without trim.
With just five of the 48 laps remaining Al Qemzi was within touching distance with the gap down to 0.4s but Torrente held out to take the chequered flag and eventually win by 1.38s.
Al Qemzi told F1H2o’s Nigel Quilter after:
It was a great race, tough conditions and we were fighting all the way from the start to the end,
I push very hard to catch Shaun but he play with me a little bit.
We are a team no problem.
Next race I will be ready for that!
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.