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||#||Team||Hull / Engine||Time|
|Shaun Torrente||1||Team Abu Dhabi||DAC / Mercury||42:58|
|Thani Al Qemzi||2||Team Abu Dhabi||DAC / Mercury||42:66|
|Marit Strømøy||50||Emirates Racing||BaBa / Mercury||42:86|
|Jonas Andersson||14||Team Amaravati||DAC / Mercury||43:13|
|Philippe Chiappe||7||CTIC F1 Shenzhen China||Moore / Mercury||43:89|
|Peter Morin||8||CTIC F1 Shenzhen China||Moore / Mercury||43:92|
|Erik Stark||74||Maverick Racing||DAC / Mercury||45:19|
|Francesco Cantando||37||Blaze Performance||Blaze / Mercury||45:55|
|Bartek Marszalek||77||Emirates Racing||DAC / Mercury||45:77|
|Erik Edin||15||Team Amaravati||DAC / Mercury||46:04|
|Sami Seliö||11||Sharjah Team||BaBa / Mercury||46:34|
|Greg Foster||36||Blaze Performance||Blaze / Mercury||46:57|
|Duarte Benavente||10||F1 Atlantic Team||Moore / Mercury||47:05|
|Alex Carella||44||Victory Team||Victory / Mercury||47:08|
|Cédric Deguisne||73||Maverick Racing||Moore / Mercury||47:14|
|Filip Roms||12||Sharjah Team||BaBa / Mercury||47:21|
|Ahmed Al Hameli||3||Victory Team||Victory / Mercury||48:08|
|Beranger Robart||70||Maverick Racing||Moore / Mercury||51:08|
|Alberto Comparato||9||F1 Atlantic Team||DAC / Mercury||1:17:71|
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.