ABU DHABI INTERNATIONAL MARINE SPORTS CLUB

AL QEMZI TIGHTENS GRIP ON F2 TITLE RACE

It’s still step by step for Team Abu Dhabi driver after extending his  championship lead in Norway

 Abu Dhabi, UAE, 5 August, 2019: Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al Qemzi has put himself in a powerful position to claim the UIM F2 World Championship for the second time in three years after acomposed performance as some of his rivals faltered in the Grand Prix of Norway.

While Germany’s Stefan Hagin took the honours with his first F2 victory, the major outcome from a dramatic Tønsberg race weekend is that Al Qemzi has increased his championship lead from five to 14 points and carries great momentum forward to Italy later this month.

 The third round of the series in Brindisi on August 24-25 is followed by the Grand Prix of Portugal in Ribadouro on September 14-15, and on current form Al Qemzi could have the F2 world title wrapped up before the final round on home waters in Abu Dhabi on December 6-7.

 There will be no diversion, however, from Team Abu Dhabi’s methodical approach to Grand Prix competition, which is not only to take races one at a time but also to focus step by step on all theelements making up each individual championship weekend.

 “The team works hard and prepares hard for every race,” said Al Qemzi. “When we arrived in Norway our aim was to be at the highest level in everything we did, and it’s the same with every Grand Prix. We work as a team to get the best results one step at a time.”

 Al Qemzi’s championship position was strengthened in Tønsberg by the disqualification of two of his main rivals, Sweden’s Daniel Segenmark and Norway’s Tobias Munthe-Kaas, for infringements after missing turn marks.

Team Abu Dhabi initially had both drivers on the podium in Tønsberg after Rashed Al Tayer, who had qualified in seventh place, rose to third at the finish.

 This followed his strong performance in winning the traditional Speed Run which launched race activities in Tønsberg, but disappointingly Al Tayer later dropped to fifth after being penalised for a lane infringement at the start.

 Al Qemzi, the first round winner in Lithuania, secured his second successive pole position in impressive style but then had his own problems at the start of the Grand Prix as his engine spluttered, briefly dropping him behind most of the other 17 boats. But by the end of the first lap he had climbed to second position and over the next 44 laps made sure Hagin had to fight all the way to secure his maiden victory.

 Grand Prix of Norway leading positions

1. Stefan Hagin (GER)​​00:36:27:43

2. Rashed Al Qemzi (UAE) ​​00:36:28:74

3. Duarte Benavente (POR) ​​00:37:00:33

4. Ferdinand Zandbergen (NL)00:37:09:71

5. Rashed Al Tayer (UAE) ​​00:36:57:99

6. Héctor Sanz (SPA)​​​00:36:37:61

 

UIM F2 World Championship standings

1. Rashed Al Qemzi (UAE)​​​35pts

2. Ferdinand Zandbergen (NL) ​ ​21pts

3. Stefan Hagin (GER) ​ ​ ​20pts

4. Duarte Benavente (POR)​​ ​16pts

5. Daniel Segenmark (SWE) ​ ​ ​15pts

6. Brent Dillard (USA)​​ ​9pts

7. Owen Jelf (GB)​ ​ ​ ​8pts

8. Rashed Al Tayer (UAE) ​ ​ ​7pts

9. Ola Pettersson (SWE) ​ ​ ​7pts

10. Héctor Sanz (SPA)​​​5pts​ ​ ​ ​

 

Captions:

 

1.  Rashed Al Qemzi receives his runners-up trophy at the Grand Prix of Norway

2.  Al Qemzi (35) and Rashed Al Tayer (36) in action in Tønsberg

 

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TEAM ABU DHABI’S AL QEMZI EXTENDS LEAD IN F2 WORLD TITLE RACE

Hagin wins Grand Prix of Norway but second place boosts Emirati’s

championship bid as team-mate Al Tayer joins him on podium

 

 Abu Dhabi, UAE, 4 August, 2019 : Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al Qemzi extended his lead in the 2019 UIM F2 World Championship with a second place finish in today’s Grand Prix of Norway which brought a first series victory for German Stefan Hagin.

 The result gives Al Qemzi a 13-point advantage in the race for the F2 title which he won in 2017, and he was joined on the podium by Abu Dhabi team-mate Rashed Al Tayer thanks to a battling performance to finish third in Tønsberg.

 After his opening round victory in Lithuania and his second successive pole position, Al Qemzi had high hopes of another win, although he will be content to have grown his lead from Sweden’s Daniel Segenmark who finished fifth in Norway.

 Al Qemzi’s victory hopes might have been over even before a lap had been completed as an apparent mechanical issue left him struggling to leave the start, with the majority of the other 17 boats surging away from him.

 But the Emirati driver made a superb recovery, rapidly climbing to second behind Hagin on the first lap and he was piling the pressure on the German when American Brent Dillard crashed to bring a yellow flag on lap 14.

 Dillard’s exit saw Al Tayer, who had started in seventh place, move into third, and after the restart, despite Al Qemzi’s efforts to catch Hagin, the top three remain unchanged all the way to the finish.

 

 Captions:

 1. Rashed Al Qemzi – extended his championship lead

2. Rashed Al Tayer – joined his team-mate on the podium

 

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F2 LEADER AL QEMZI SETS HOT PACE FOR GRAND PRIX OF NORWAY


Team Abu Dhabi’s Al Tayer wins Speed Run in Tonsberg


Abu Dhabi, UAE, 3 August, 2019: Team Abu Dhabi continued to set the pace in the Grand Prix of Norway today as Rashed Al Qemzi reproduced the form which has given him the lead in this year’s UIM F2 World Championship.

Al Qemzi, the 2017 F2 world champion and winner of this season’s opening round in Lithuania, set the fastest time in the Group A official practice session with a lap of 39.53 secs in front of thousands of spectators in Tønsberg.

It was a clear reminder of how Team Abu Dhabi have taken the initiative in this year’s championship following Rashed Al Tayer’s victory in last night’s Speed Run.

Al Tayer won the traditional opening event when he set the fastest time of 186 KPH, with Lithuania’s Edgaras Riabko 1 KPH slower in second place and Norway’s Frode Sundsdal third quickest on 183 KPH.

The Emirati produced another strong performance in today’s Group B practice session with a lap of 39.09 to9 finish second behind Norway’s Tobias Munthe-Kaas on 38.69.    

Al Qemzi, aiming to recapture the UIM F2 World Championship crown which he won in 2017, was in a confident mood as he prepared for the three-stage evening qualifying session to follow to decide pole position for tomorrow afternoon’s Grand Prix of Norway.
Captions:      


1.  Rashed Al Qemzi – setting the pace for the Grand Prix of Norway.

2.  Rashed Al Tayer – celebrated a Speed Run victory in Tønsberg.


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NORWAY RETURN SHARPENS AL QEMZI FOCUS ON WORLD TITLE


                                                                                                   

Back at the scene of breakthrough F2 victory, Team abudhabi driver aims to build on championship lead


Abu Dhabi, UAE, 31 July , 2019: Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al Qemzi, back at the scene of his most significant victory yet in international powerboat racing, has a second UIM F2 World Championship crown firmly in his sights in Norway.

Al Qemzi, F2 champion in 2017, leads the 2019 series after his opening round win in Lithuania last month and has had only one target on his mind since arriving in Tønsberg for Sunday’s Grand Prix of Norway.

“I feel great to be back in Norway,” said the Emirati driver today, ahead of the evening Speed Run and Match Race series. “I have very good memories of winning here two years ago and how important that result was to help me take the championship.

“I’ve won the title once and want to win it again. I crashed out here last season but I’ve put that behind me. Winning in Lithuania has given me a lot of confidence and now I want to build on my lead in the championship.”

While Al Qemzi was making a flying start to the championship in Lithuania, Team Abu Dhabi’s other F2 challenger, Rashed Al Tayer, had a frustrating weekend, crashing in qualifying and then going out of the Grand Prix when his boat was rammed.

But being part of the Team Abu Dhabi crew who captured the World Endurance title earlier this month has given him a major boost. “I feel good, I feel positive,” said Al Tayer. “I’ve forgotten about what happened in Kaunas. This is another race and it’s a new start for me in the championship and I’ll do everything I can to win.
“I finished third in Tønsberg last year when another boat ahead of me was disqualified and there were a lot of accidents. Hopefully we won’t have that this time.”

Free practice in Tønsberg starts at 1.30pm this weekend (Saturday) followed at 5pm by the three-stage qualifying session for Sunday’s Grand Prix of Norway getting under way at 4.30pm.
              

Captions:      


1.  Rashed Al Qemzi – aiming to build on his F2 world championship lead in Norway

2.  Rashed Al Tayer – boosted by world endurance championships success




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TEAM ABU DHABI’S REIGNING XCAT WORLD CHAMPIONS BEGIN TITLE DEFENCE WITH DOUBLE RACE WINS IN ITALY

Torrente, Al Mansoori complete back-to-back race victories on Lake Maggiore

                                                                                     

Abu Dhabi, UAE, 21 July, 2019: Team Abu Dhabi’s Shaun Torrente and Faleh Al Mansoori completed back-to-back race victories to win the Grand Prix of Italy today for a perfect start to their title defence in the XCAT World Championship.

For the second day in succession, Torrente and Al Mansoori showed emphatically that they do not require the advantage of pole position to dominate races.

Having qualified in third position, they took the initiative from the start and emerged from the first turn with a clear advantage, going on to win race two by 11.76 secs from the Dubai Police combination of Arif Al Zaffain and Nadir Bin Hendi.

The Blue Roo pairing of Pal Virik Nilsen and Jan Trygve Braaten took third place ahead of Rashed Al Tayer Majed Al Mansoori in Abu Dhabi 5 in fourth position.

Celebrating at the finish with Al Mansoori and Team Abu Dhabi manager Talib Al-Sayed, Torrente said: “I feel awesome. The whole team was superb. Everybody did a wonderful job to prepare a perfect boat. Faleh did a great job on the wheel and I just did my job.

“We’ve had a perfect weekend. It was actually really comfortable. We are so used to this race course now. We were really in control today and I was able to relax and stay focused.”


Torrente and Al Mansoori has been in a confident mood at the start of the day after their superb victory in race one, the first of the 2019 series, 24 hours earlier.

As on the previous day, the reigning world champions were not at their best in the final qualifying session. They set only the fifth fastest lap time in a session topped by The Blue Roo pairing of Pal Virik Nilsen and Jan Trygve Braaten, with Rashed Al Tayer Majed Al Mansoori in Abu Dhabi 5 recording the fifth fastest lap.

But once again they underlined their quality and confidence when it mattered today and will approach the next round, scheduled for China in September, with ultimate confidence.


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1.  Team Abu Dhabi’s Faleh Al Mansoori and Shaun Torrente on their way to victory on Lake
     Maggiore.

2.  Al Mansoori and Torrente celebrated their race one win with Team Abu XCAT manager Talib Al-    
     Sayed and Nasser Al Dhaheri

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TEAM ABU DHABI’S REIGNING CHAMPIONS SET XCAT PACE IN ITALY AS TITLE RACE BEGINS

                                                                                     Al Mansoori, Torrente send out early warning to championship rivals

Abu Dhabi, UAE, 19 July, 2019: Team Abu Dhabi’s reigning XCAT World Champions Shaun Torrente and Faleh Al Mansoori showed that they remain the crew to beat after setting the early pace in the Grand Prix of Italy today.

Torrente and Al Mansoori in Abu Dhabi 4 were fastest in the first official practice session on Lake Maggiore in Stresa with a best lap of 2.26.175 ahead of Australians Tom Barry-Cotter and Ross Willaton in Maritimo who were second in 2.27.842.

Rashed Al Tayer and Majed Al Mansoori in Abu Dhabi 5 were fifth fastest on 2.31.398 in the first of three practice sessions leading to tomorrow’s pole position race starting at 11.20am local time.

While Torrente and Al Mansoori (2.25.947) were edged out by the 222 Offshore combination of Giovanni Carpitella and Darren Nicholson (2.25.519) in the second practice session, they are in a confident mood for the first of the weekend’s two Grand Prix races getting under way at 5.20pm tomorrow.

Torrente, switching between the F1H20 series which he leads, last weekend’s World Endurance Championships where he was part of Team Abu Dhabi’s winning team, and the XCATS, takes everything in his stride.

“It’s a very hectic time but the order of the events is good for my style, F1 being first and obviously the most difficult and the most demanding,” he said:“Last weekend my focus was on the endurance and this weekend all I’m thinking about is XCATS. I just switch my mind from one to the next.”

Setting the fifth fastest lap (2:30.417) in today’s second practice session, Rashed Al Tayer. said: “My big aim ultimately is to win the world championship. But what makes

Team Abu Dhabi so strong is how committed we all are to work together for the benefit of the team. We think as a team, not as individual drivers.

“Majed and I are very close, both in the boat and out of the water. We motivate each other. Our priority when we arrived in Italy was to be at a high level in all that we do, starting with testing the engine and propellers in practice to get everything right for the first race.”


Captions:      

1.  Team Abu Dhabi’s Faleh Al Mansoori and Shaun Torrente set the early pace in Italy in Abu Dhabi 4.

2. Rashed Al Tayer and Majed Al Mansoori in action in Abu Dhabi 5 on Lake Maggiore.

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TEAM ABU DHABI’S REIGNING CHAMPIONS SET XCAT PACE IN ITALY AS TITLE RACE BEGINS

                                                                                         Al Mansoori, Torrente send out early warning to championship rivals

Abu Dhabi, UAE, 19 July, 2019: Team Abu Dhabi’s reigning XCAT World Champions Shaun Torrente and Faleh Al Mansoori showed that they remain the crew to beat after setting the early pace in the Grand Prix of Italy today.

Torrente and Al Mansoori in Abu Dhabi 4 were fastest in the first official practice session on Lake Maggiore in Stresa with a best lap of 2.26.175 ahead of Australians Tom Barry-Cotter and Ross Willaton in Maritimo who were second in 2.27.842.

Rashed Al Tayer and Majed Al Mansoori in Abu Dhabi 5 were fifth fastest on 2.31.398 in the first of three practice sessions leading to tomorrow’s pole position race starting at 11.20am local time.

While Torrente and Al Mansoori (2.25.947) were edged out by the 222 Offshore combination of Giovanni Carpitella and Darren Nicholson (2.25.519) in the second practice session, they are in a confident mood for the first of the weekend’s two Grand Prix races getting under way at 5.20pm tomorrow.

Torrente, switching between the F1H20 series which he leads, last weekend’s World Endurance Championships where he was part of Team Abu Dhabi’s winning team, and the XCATS, takes everything in his stride.

“It’s a very hectic time but the order of the events is good for my style, F1 being first and obviously the most difficult and the most demanding,” he said.
“Last weekend my focus was on the endurance and this weekend all I’m thinking about is XCATS. I
just switch my mind from one to the next.”

Setting the fifth fastest lap (2:30.417) in today’s second practice session, Rashed Al Tayer. said: “My big aim ultimately is to win the world championship. But what makes Team Abu Dhabi so strong is how committed we all are to work together for the benefit of the team. We think as a team, not as individual drivers.

“Majed and I are very close, both in the boat and out of the water. We motivate each other. Our priority when we arrived in Italy was to be at a high level in all that we do, starting with testing the engine and propellers in practice to get everything right for the first race.”



Captions:      

1.  Team Abu Dhabi’s Faleh Al Mansoori and Shaun Torrente set the early pace in Italy in Abu Dhabi 4.

2. Rashed Al Tayer and Majed Al Mansoori in action in Abu Dhabi 5 on Lake Maggiore.

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TEAM ABU DHABI AIM FOR FLYING START IN XCAT WORLD TITLE DEFENCE

                                                                               

Faleh Al Mansoori says victory in Italy will give  defending champions major advantage
 


Abu Dhabi, UAE, 17 May, 2019: Team Abu Dhabi will go all out for a winning start to the 2019 UIM XCAT World Championship in Stresa, Italy this weekend after securing the first of four major powerboat racing titles in their sights this season.

With three of six rounds provisionally included in the XCAT series still to be confirmed in China, defending champions Faleh Al Mansoori and Shaun Torrente in Abu Dhabi 4 know a victory in the Grand Prix of Italy will give them a huge advantage.

“It’s even more important than normal to make a winning start because we’re not sure how many rounds there will be,” said Al Mansoori. “If some are lost, it will make every point more valuable.

“Obviously it’s going to be difficult for us to take the title again because everyone wants to beat the world champions, but we’re ready for the challenge. As professional drivers we’re going to give everything we possibly can to win the championship again.

“Sean Shaun and I have a good relationship which allows us to work well together, to know the boat, to assess the different conditions we face and to get the best out of each other.”

Faleh Al Mansoori and Torrente are joined in Italy by Rashed Al Tayer and Majed Al Mansoori in Abu Dhabi 5, and all four are almost literally on the crest of a wave after their part in Team Abu Dhabi’s double triumph in the World Endurance Championships in Poland last weekend.

Back-to-back race wins shared by the two Abu Dhabi boats and first and second places overall in the championships was the first step towards a quadruple world title triumph this season.

This weekend the team will have only the XCAT series in focus before their attention switches back to the UIM F2 championship for rounds in Norway, Italy and Portugal between 2nd August and 15th September.

Rashed Al Qemzi leads the title race after winning the opening round in Lithuania while reigning F1H20 champion and current leader Torrente awaits confirmation of the next round due at the end of September before the series moves on to China a week later.

The XCATs take to the water in Stresa for official practice starting at 11.20am local time on Friday, with the pole position race following 24 hours later prior to race one of the Grand Prix of Italy beginning at 5.20pm. Sunday brings official practice at 12.10pm with the second first Grand Prix race roaring to life at 5.20pm.


Captions:      

1.  Faleh Al Mansoori and Shaun Torrente in Abu Dhabi 4 know a victory in the Grand Prix of Italy
     will give them a huge advantage in their XCAT title defence.

2.  Rashed Al Tayer and Majed Al Mansoori in Abu Dhabi 5 – boosted by Team Abu Dhabi’s double
    success in the World Endurance Championships.

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TEAM ABU DHABI CLINCH WORLD ENDURANCE CROWN IN POLAND

All-Emirati crew claim commanding race win while Torrente, Al Qemzi,

Al Tayer, Abbate secure title on Necko Lake

 

  Abu Dhabi, UAE, 14 July, 2019:  Team Abu Dhabi wrapped up their first major powerboat racing title of the season today as Shaun Torrente, Rashed Al Qemzi, Rashed Al Tayer and Italian Tullio Abbate clinched the World Endurance Championships in Augustów, Poland.

This time the honours on the day went to the all-Emirati crew of Majed Al Mansoori, Mohamed Al Mehairbi, Rashed Al Remeithi and Faleh Al Mansoori in Abu Dhabi 36 who recorded a commanding victory in the second of two back-to-back six-hour races to finish runners up in the series.

But sixth place was enough to ensure American Torrente, Emiratis Al Qemzi and Al Tayer and Italian Tullio in Abu Dhabi 35 secured the world endurance crown following their win 24 hours earlier and success two months ago in the 24 Hours of Rouen in France.

They had looked set to complete the series with a 100% winning record after leading comfortably for more than four hours today before being briefly forced out of the race to make technical modifications.

 Having shadowed their team-mates in second place virtually from the start, Abu Dhabi 36 suddenly found themselves with a commanding lead and ultimately cruised to victory by 19 laps from the Navikart Soliodaires French crew of Sebastien Lemoine, Olivier Betin and Stephane Lemoine Russians Konstantin Ustinov and Dimitry Vandyshev and Lithuania’s Edgaras Riabko in Nollet 2 were third another five laps behind.

While these are still early days in the season, the result in Poland underlines the prospect of four world powerboat racing titles ending up at Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club.

Ten-times former F1H20 world champion Guido Cappellini, who recently signed a new long-term contract to guide the fortunes of Team Abu Dhabi until 2025, certainly believes the quadruple is possible.

He has already seen reigning world champion Torrente set the pace in this year’s F1H20 series while Rashed Al Qemzi has taken an immediate lead in the UIM F2 championship.

From Poland Cappellini quickly switches focus to the UIM XCAT World Championship in which Torrente and Faleh Al Mansoori begin their title defence in Stresa, Italy next weekend.

  Captions:        

 

1. Team Abu Dhabi’s new world endurance champions Shaun Torrente, Rashed Al Qemzi, Rashed Al Tayer and Tullio Abbate

 

2. The all-Emirati crew of Majed Al Mansoori, Mohamed Al Mehairbi, Rashed Al Remeithi and Faleh Al Mansoori cruised to victory in Abu Dhabi 36.

 

 

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