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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|
Nationality: UNITED STATES
Place & Date of Birth: 13/08/1978, HOMESTEAD, USA
SHAUN TORRENTE is one of the most dynamic drivers on the tour. He finished runner-up in the title race in 2016 and 2013 and has taken third overall twice,
He made a somewhat inauspicious first appearance in the championship in 2007, From 34 starts he has won four times with nine podium finishes, qualifying in pole position four times,
His racing career began in the USA when he was 15, going on to be a SST-120 (F2) world champion twice in 2002 and 2003, then moving up and winning the North American F1 Championship three times.
WIN: 4 / 2ND: 3 / 3RD: 7 / POLE POSITION: 4 / BEST OVERALL CHAMPIONSHIP FINISH: 2
GRAND PRIX ENTERED: 41 / RACE STARTS: 40
|2016 - 2nd F1H2O World Championship
2015 - 3rd F1H2O World Championship
2014 - 3rd F1H2O World Championship
2013 - 2nd F1H2O World Championship
2012 - 11th F1H2O World Championship
2011 - 11th F1H2O World Championship
2007 - 29th F1H2O World Championship
2006 - Rookie of the Year US Champ Boat Series
2005 - SST-120 Champ Boat Series Champion
2005 - SST-120 Cincinnati Champion
2003 - SST-120 World Champion
2002 - SST-120 World Champion
2001 - SST-120 National Champion
1996 - SST-45 National Champion
1994 - Started SST-45
1992 - Started racing Mini GT at14 years old