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Torrente’s Portuguese Pole

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Shaun Torrente took a stunning pole in Portimao this afternoon after carding a 42:58 lap in Q3.

His team-mate, Thani Al Qemzi placed second with a 42:66 and Marit Stromoy celebrated Norway National Day a day late with a third.

Torrente told F1H2o’s Nigel Quilter after:

It was a pretty hectic qualifying for sure, but this is where it counts and where you need to deliver

Q2 was always going to be a fight, it really was just so tight with just 0.45s splitting the top six and then in the shootout I pulled out the lap I needed on the first run, but it was still slower than last year because of the conditions.

Tomorrow we have to seal the deal.

Al Qemzi was bullish:

If I have a good start tomorrow I can beat him.

And Shaun knows it!

Stromoy (above) showed her speed again:

I didn’t expect to be up there today after the morning session and quite a poor Q1, but when you are that close you are not happy with third, but third is good.

I did a small mistake and I know exactly where I lost it but really I am pretty happy.

2019 UIM F1H2o Grand Prix of Portugal - Rebellion Qualifications

Driver#TeamHull / EngineTime
Shaun Torrente 1Team Abu Dhabi DAC / Mercury42:58
Thani Al Qemzi 2Team Abu Dhabi DAC / Mercury42:66
Marit Strømøy 50Emirates Racing BaBa / Mercury42:86
Jonas Andersson 14Team Amaravati DAC / Mercury43:13
Philippe Chiappe 7CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Moore / Mercury43:89
Peter Morin 8CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Moore / Mercury43:92
Erik Stark74Maverick Racing DAC / Mercury45:19
Francesco Cantando 37Blaze Performance Blaze / Mercury45:55
Bartek Marszalek 77Emirates Racing DAC / Mercury45:77
Erik Edin 15Team Amaravati DAC / Mercury46:04
Sami Seliö 11Sharjah TeamBaBa / Mercury46:34
Greg Foster 36Blaze Performance Blaze / Mercury46:57
Duarte Benavente 10F1 Atlantic Team Moore / Mercury47:05
Alex Carella 44Victory Team Victory / Mercury47:08
Cédric Deguisne 73Maverick Racing Moore / Mercury47:14
Filip Roms 12Sharjah TeamBaBa / Mercury47:21
Ahmed Al Hameli 3Victory Team Victory / Mercury48:08
Beranger Robart 70Maverick Racing Moore / Mercury51:08
Alberto Comparato 9F1 Atlantic Team DAC / Mercury1:17:71
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John Moore

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.

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