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Since 1993, Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club has hosted a round of the UIM F1 H2O World Championship, the world’s most spectacular water sport series. The Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi is staged over a course run between the Breakwater and the Corniche, creating dramatic action for spectators against an impressive city skyline backdrop.
Likened to driving an F1 race car at full speed over a ploughed field, F1 powerboat racing has been around since 1981. In fact, today’s F1 powerboats accelerate faster than F1 cars, going from standstill to 160kph in only 4 seconds, often reaching 230kph during races.
Drivers compete at these speeds without the use of brakes or gears, making the UIM F1 H2O series highly competitive, fascinating, challenging, daring and entertaining – the ultimate extreme sport.
Races last approximately 45 minutes over a marked-out circuit, with the starting grid decided by qualifying sessions in which competitors go all out to earn pole position by setting the fastest time. Staged in cities around the globe, the UIM F1H2O World Championship is run on lakes, lagoons, rivers and creeks, bringing race excitement as close as possible to fans and creating a fantastic spectacle.
Nationality: United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.)
Place & Date of Birth: 01-09-1978, Abu Dhabi , U.A.E.
THANI AL QAMZI is a veteran of the tour with 114 race starts since his first event in Sharjah in 2000. He has won seven Grand prix with a total of 29 career-podiums his first coming in 2003 finishing second in Germany. He enjoyed his best season in 2009 when he finished runner-up in the World Championship to his now team boss Guido Cappellini when he scored 143 points, with a victory in Portimao, Portugal, and six podiums during the campaign.CAREER INFOS:
WIN:7/ 2ND:13 / 3RD:10/ POLE POSITION: 2 / BEST OVERALL CHAMPIONSHIP FINISH: 2
|2015 - 9th F1H2O World Championship||2007 - 3rd F1H2O World Championship|
|2014 - 9th F1H2O World Championship||2006 - 3rd F1H2O World Championship|
|2013 - 6th F1H2O World Championship||2005 - 12th F1H2O World Championship|
|2012 - 3rd F1H2O World Championship||2004 - 7th F1H2O World Championship|
|2011 - 3rd F1H2O World Championship||2004 - UAE F2 President Cup Champion|
|2010 - 4th F1H2O World Championship||2003 - 8th F1H2O World Championship|
|2009 - 2nd F1H2O World Championship||2003 - UAE F2 President Cup Champion|
|2008 - 8th F1H2O World Championship||2002 - 18th F1H2O World Championship|
Place & Date of Birth: 05/06/1985, Codogno, ITA
ALEX CARELLA is a naturally gifted talent and a three-time World Champion in only six years of racing on the tour. Coming from F2 where he had some success but never a world title, he joined the championship in 2010 with Mad Croc and won his first Grand Prix in only his third start in Linyi, China.
In 2011 he joined the Qatar Team and out-duelled his teammate to the first of his three-straight World Championship titles in 2011. In his six seasons in F1H2O he has never finished lower than third (2010) and in the last two campaigns has finished runner-up in the title race, guiding Abu Dhabi to the Team Championship last year. He has won 11 Grand Prix from 38 starts, picking up a further 12 podiums and 11 pole positions.
He started his career in 2000 in the Italian T-400 class where he finished fourth. He moved on to F1000 in 2002 winning the Italian title in 2003 and the European crown in 2004. He took his first world title in 2009 when he won the F1000 championship.
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: 3/ WIN:11/ 2ND:6/ 3RD:7/ POLE POSITION: 11
|2015 - 2nd F1H2O World Championship
2014 - 2nd F1H2O World Championship
2013 - F1H2O World Champion
2012 - F1H2O World Champion
2011 - F1H2O World Champion
2010 - 3rd F1H2O World Championship
2010 - F1H2O Rookie of the Year
2009 - F1000 World Champion
2008 - 2nd F2 World Cup
2008 - 1st F2 World Cup Match Race
2008 - 3rd F2 World Cup Speed Record
2008 - 5th F2 Continental Cup
2007 - 5th F2 World Cup
2007 - Awarded Gold Medal - CONI
2007 - 2nd F2 Italian Championship
2006 - Awarded Bronze Medal - CONI
2006 - 2nd F2 Italian Championship
2006 -14th F2 World Cup
2005 - 3rd F2 Italian Championship
2005 - 2nd F1000 European Championship
2004 - F1000 European Champion
2003 - F1000 Italian Champion
2003 - 2nd F1000 European Championship
2002 - 4th F1000 Italian Championship
2002 - 5th F1000 European Championship
2002 - 7th F1000 World Championship
2001 - 5th T/400 Italian Championship
2001 - 13th T/400 European Championship
2000 - 2nd T/400S Italian Championship
2000 - 4th T/400 Italian Championship
Nationality: United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.)
Place & Date of Birth: 07-03-1992, Abu Dhabi , U.A.E.
2012: Rashed made his racing debut in the F-4s Eurofin Trophy in 2012 finishing the year in 10th with three top-five finishes.
2013: World Champion in The Nations Cup
2015: 6th position in the Nations Cup
2015: 6th position in the F-4S Eurofin Trophy
2015: Rashed made his first XCAT World Series race – in Abu Dhabi final round finishing the 13th Position, with 2 top five finishes in Pole position and Speed cat run.