ABU DHABI INTERNATIONAL MARINE SPORTS CLUB

TEAM ABU DHABI’S TORRENTE WINS GRAND PRIX OF INDIA FROM POLE TO LEAD WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Team Abu Dhabi’s Stark finishes third behind Strømøy; engine woes for Al-Qemzi

Team Abu Dhabi’s Mohammed Al-Mehairbi finishes sixth in F4; win for Victory Team’s Al-Fahim

 

AMARAVATI (INDIA): Sunday, November 18:  Team Abu Dhabi continues to lead the UIM F1 H2O World Championship, but Shaun Torrente has replaced Thani Al-Qemzi at the top of the points’ standings after his start-to-finish victory in Sunday’s gripping Grand Prix of India on the Krishna River in Amaravati.

 

Thani Al-Qemzi led the championship by just one point before the race weekend, but the Emirati’s title challenge suffered a major setback when he was forced to withdraw with engine issues after five laps. Team Abu Dhabi’s third driver Erik Stark maintains second place in the championship standings, but third place for the Swede behind female race runner-up Marit Strømøy of the Emirates Racing Team means that Stark now trails Torrente by seven points with two races still to run.

 

Torrente, Strømøy and Stark were the class of the field that suffered a high rate of attrition on the punishing Indian river course. Three-time World Champion Philippe Chiappe of the CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team all but lost his chance of regaining the title after a start lap collision and defending champion Alex Carella of the Victory Team retired at the start with his own engine issues. 

 

The first race to be held in the country since 2004 did not disappoint in the excitement stakes and Chiappe’s team-mate Peter Morin finished fourth overall with Italian veteran Francesco Cantando rounding off the top five. The result also enabled Team Abu Dhabi to extend its lead over the CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team to a massive 53 points.

 

Race winner Torrente is really enjoying his Indian summer of formula racing and claimed his third win of the season after successes in Portugal and China. He said: “A great result for me and the team again with a 1-3 this time out. Now I am the top of the championship and that is a position I want to stay in until the end of the last race in Sharjah….”

 

Team Abu Dhabi’s Mohammed Al-Mehairbi finished the second of the weekend’s F4 Trophy races in sixth position and collected five valuable championship points. The second race was won by the Victory Team’s Ahmed Al-Fahim, as Al-Mehairbi’s main rival Max Stilz reached the chequered flag in fourth to move one point ahead of the Emirati in what is developing into a gripping tussle for F4 supremacy heading to the four remaining races in the UAE in December.

 

Etihad Airways is the official carrier for Team Abu Dhabi that is also supported by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and runs under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan, advisor to the Head of State and chairman of the board of directors of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club and under the guidance of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan, Vice-President and CEO of the ADIMSC. The racing team runs under the umbrella of the ADIMSC, board member and general manager Salem Al-Remeithi and team manager Guido Cappellini.

 

Grand Prix of India

 

Team Abu Dhabi’s Torrente, Stark and Al-Qemzi lined up in pole, third and fourth positions for the fifth round of what is developing into a pulsating UIM F1 H2O World Championship. But there was more pre-race frustration for double World Champion Sami Selio: the Finn damaged his engine in the morning’s practice session and was not able to start the race.

 

A clean run out to the opening turn buoy was a long one and was crucial at the start of the 44-lap race on the 2.125km river course. Hot, humid conditions and large numbers of spectators were the order of the day and Torrente made a superb start and held his line through the opening corner until a yellow flag was raised when four-time World Champion Alex Carella suffered an engine issue and Philippe Chiappe was sidelined after a collision with Duarte Benavente that also spelt the end for the veteran Portuguese driver. Strømøy had struggled away from the start and lost her second place to Stark, but the yellow flag situation played into her hands somewhat when action resumed on lap four and she was reinstated in second.

 

Torrente maintained his advantage after the restart and Strømøy managed to hold off a fierce challenge from an airborne Stark to defend her second place in dramatic fashion. Championship leader Thani Al-Qemzi plummeted down the leader board from fourth to 14th before withdrawing with engine issues, as Jonas Andersson and Morin rounded off the top five heading into lap eight.

 

Torrente’s lead over Strømøy climbed to 3.19 seconds through lap 11, but the Norwegian was still coming under pressure from Stark, as fourth-placed Andersson began to pull clear of Morin, Francesco Cantando and Ahmed Al-Hameli. Grant Trask was the next to fall by the wayside with engine issues after 13 laps.

 

Torrente maintained a 3.42-second lead through lap 16 as the leading seven boats held station and Bartek Marszalek, Erik Edin and Filip Roms rounded off the top 10. The high-speed procession continued into lap 25 and Torrente headed into the 26th tour with a lead of 4.03 seconds. Stark continued to pressure Strømøy for second place, but Marszalek had fallen by the wayside with a mechanical problem after 23 laps and Frenchman Cédric Deguisne lost 10th place soon afterwards.

 

The gap at the top began to narrow as the race headed into the remaining 10 laps. The Team Abu Dhabi driver led by 1.78 seconds and Stark was a further 1.14 seconds behind. Andersson ground to a halt with his own mechanical issues on lap 34 and lost out on a possible fourth position. The Team Amaravati driver’s place was taken by Morin, as Cantando, Al-Hameli, Edin and Roms rounded off the top eight until Al-Hameli slipped down to eighth place.

 

The top three held station into lap 40 and Morin was a distant fourth, but there were no changes to the leader board over the remaining four laps and Torrente held on to claim victory over Strømøy by 2.17 seconds and snatched the lead in the World Championship. Stark kept up the pressure on his team-mate with the final podium place.

 

Official practice

 

After the dramatic BRM qualifying session on Saturday afternoon, there was no point in taking any risks in the one-hour official practice session on Sunday morning. The Victory Team and Team Abu Dhabi swapped times at the head of the leader board and it was Stark who won the session with a best lap of 46.19sec set during his 22-lap stint.

 

Former team-mates and close friends Al-Hameli and Al-Qemzi were second and third and Carella settled into fourth spot. Pole sitter Torrente only ran for nine laps and was classified in seventh place with a best run of 46.95sec.

 

F4 Trophy – race 2

 

Team Abu Dhabi’s Mohammed Al-Mehairbi headed into the second race of the weekend as the new series leader with a three-point advantage over Germany’s Max Stilz, but fellow Emirati Ahmed Al-Fahim of the Victory Team claimed pole position with a lap of 53.61sec. England’s Sam Whittle qualified in second place and Al-Mehairbi, who had been third in the morning’s free practice, was down in fifth with a best run of 54.56sec. Race one winner Rudolf Mihaldinecz did not start the qualifying session.

 

Al-Fahim led the way towards the first turn buoy and he completed the first lap 1.88 seconds of Whittle with Ben Jelf in third and Al-Mehairbi in fifth place. But the yellow flag was raised almost immediately before action restarted on lap three without Mihaldinecz and Bingchen Wu on the race course.

 

Al-Fahim began to pull away from Whittle and Jelf and Al-Mehairbi slipped to sixth place with rival Stilz running in fourth. The seven surviving boats held station through lap eight of 20 with the leader extending his advantage to 5.45 seconds. There were no changes to the running order after lap 12 and Al-Fahim managed to hold on to his lead to claim the win over Whittle by the margin of 4.36 seconds. Al-Mehairbi reached the finish in sixth.

 

Action in the UIM F1 H2O World Championship reaches a conclusion with two races in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah in December.

 

2018 Grand Prix of India – result:

1. Shaun Torrente (USA) Team Abu Dhabi                                    44 laps

2. Marit Strømøy (NOR) Emirates Racing Team                                      @2.17sec

3. Erik Stark (SWE) Team Abu Dhabi                                                           @3.53sec

4. Peter Morin (FRA) CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team                        @21.12sec

5. Francesco Cantando (ITA) Blaze F1 Team                                   @49.47sec                 

6. Erik Edin (SWE) Team Amaravati                                                           L1

7. Filip Roms (FIN) Mad-Croc Baba Racing Team                                                L1

8. Ahmed Al-Hameli (UAE) Victory Team                                                     L3

9. Simone Schuft (DEU) Blaze F1 Team                                                     L7

10. Sutthipan Sookbuangbon (THI) Maverick F1 Team                     L9               

Jonas Andersson (SWE) Team Amaravati                                                           DNF

Cédric Deguisne (FRA) Maverick F1 Team                                     DNF               

Bartek Marszalak (POL) Emirates Racing Team                                      DNF                      

Grant Trask (AUS) F1 Atlantic Team                                                    DNF

Thani Al-Qemzi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                                                           DNF      

Duarte Benavente (PRT) F1 Atlantic Team                                    DNF

Alex Carella (ITA) Victory Team                                                                     DNF

Philippe Chiappe (FRA) CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Tea                            DNF

Sami Selio (FIN) Mad-Croc Baba Racing Team                                                DNS                                                               

 

2018 UIM F1 H2O World Championship – standings after round 5:

1. Shaun Torrente (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                                    72pts    

2. Erik Stark (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                                                           65pts    

3. Thani Al-Qemzi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                                    54pts

4. Peter Morin (FRA) CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team                        39pts                                    

5. Philippe Chiappe (FRA) CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team                        34pts

6. Marit Strømøy (NOR) Emirates Racing Team                                                26pts               

7. Ahmed Al-Hameli (UAE) Victory Team                                     18pts                    

7. Erik Edin (SWE) Team Sweden/Team Amaravati                                18pts                                               

9. Jonas Andersson (SWE) Team Sweden/Team Amaravati                 14pts                                    

10. Francesco Cantando (ITA) Blaze F1 Team                                   10pts    

11. Alex Carella (ITA) Victory Team                                                                9pts                                                               

12. Sami Selio (FIN) Mad-Croc Baba Racing Team                     7pts               

13. Grant Trask (AUS) F1 Atlantic Team                                                5pts 

13. Duarte Benavente (PRT) F1 Atlantic Team                                    5pts      

15. Bartek Marszalak (POL) Emirates Racing Team                      4pts                      

15. Filip Roms (FIN) Mad-Croc Baba Racing Team                     4pts

16. Cédric Deguisne (FRA) Maverick F1 Team                                     3pts               

17. Simone Schuft (DEU) Blaze F1 Team                                                     2pts               

18. Sutthipan Sookbuangbon (THI) Maverick F1 Team                     1pt               

 

2018 F4 Trophy – positions after race 8:                                                               

1. Max Stilz (DEU) Blaze Performance                                                                87pts                                               

2. Mohammed Al-Mehairbi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                      86pts                                                     

3. Sam Whittle (GBR) F1 Atlantic Team                                                    70pts                    

4. Tom Chiappe (FRA) Emirates Racing Team                                      65pts                                                      

5. Ahmed Al-Fahim (UAE) Victory Team                                                     63pts                                                                                                    

6. Wu Bingchen (CHN) CTIC F1 China Team                                     40pts                                                

7. Pedro Fortuna (PRT) Team Sweden                                                     35pts

8. Alexander Lindholm (FIN) Team Amaravati                                                29pts               

9. Ben Jelf (GBR) Team Amaravati                                                                27pts

10. Rudolf Mihaldinecz (HUN) Mad-Croc Baba Racing Team                22pts                               

11. Xavier Autard (FRA) Maverick Racing                                              21pts               

12. Quentin Dailly (FRA) Maverick Racing                              17pts                                          

13. Camille Broutechoux (FRA) Maverick Racing                                   8pts 

14. Joris Colleret (FRA) Maverick Racing                                                   7pts

15. Louise Vella (AUS) Mad-Croc Baba Racing Team                      5pts      

16. Ian Gonsalves (GUY) Maverick Racing                              3pts

 

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TORRENTE CLAIMS POLE POSITION FOR TEAM ABU DHABI IN THRILLING INDIAN QUALIFYING SESSION

Team Abu Dhabi’s Stark and Al-Qemzi in third and fourth behind Marit Strømøy

·  Team Abu Dhabi’s Mohammed Al-Mehairbi moves into UIM F4 Trophy lead with fifth in race one

 

AMARAVATI (INDIA): Saturday, November 17:  Team Abu Dhabi’s championship-topping trio of Shaun Torrente, Erik Stark and Thani Al-Qemzi will start Sunday’s Grand Prix of India on the Krishna River in Amaravati from pole position, third and fourth positions after another thrilling BRM Qualifying session on Saturday afternoon.

 

As the 2018 UIM F1 H2O World Championship heads for a thrilling showdown with this weekend’s race and two titanic contests to follow in the UAE in December, Torrente left it until his last lap in Q3 qualifying to deny Norwegian female racer Marit Strømøy of a second career pole position.

 

Team Abu Dhabi team-mates Erik Stark and Thani Al-Qemzi, Erik Stark qualified close behind in third and fourth to set up the prospect of a thrilling showdown on the 2.125km course. Team Amaravati’s Jonas Andersson qualified in fifth place and Ahmed Al-Hameli of the Victory Team was sixth.

 

Three-time World Champion Philippe Chiappe of the CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team and defending champion Alex Carella of the Victory Team failed to reach Q3.

 

Team Abu Dhabi’s Mohammed Al-Mehairbi continued his push for the UIM F4 Trophy title. The Emirati finished the 20-lap race in fifth position to move three points ahead of Germany’s Max Stilz with five races remaining. Hungarian pole sitter Rudolf Mihaldinecz overcame a fierce challenge from Ben Jelf to win his first race of the season.

 

Etihad Airways is the official carrier for Team Abu Dhabi that is also supported by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and runs under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan, advisor to the Head of State and chairman of the board of directors of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club and under the guidance of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan, Vice-President and CEO of the ADIMSC. The racing team runs under the umbrella of the ADIMSC, board member and general manager Salem Al-Remeithi and team manager Guido Cappellini.

 

BRM Qualifying

 

BRM qualifying was again split into three sessions with seven of the 19 entrants eliminated in the opening 20 minutes of Q1 and a further six leaving the fray in the 15 minutes of Q2. The top six would then be permitted two laps each to determine Pole Position Championship points and the starting order for the race.

 

The Victory Team’s Al-Hameli and Carella started strongly and respective lap times of 48.52sec and 48.78sec all but booked their places in Q2. Torrente stormed to the top of the standings soon afterwards with a 48.22sec tour and that was surpassed by Chiappe’s 47.95sec run heading into the last 10 minutes. The yellow flag was raised briefly soon afterwards after Chiappe ground to a halt on the course. But the Frenchman made his way back to the pits without further delays, as team-mate Peter Morin tested a new shorter boat for the team.

 

Stark entered the course late in the session but the Team Abu Dhabi driver was up to speed quickly and set an opening top 10 lap of 49.02sec. Al-Qemzi went quickest with a 47.02sec in the last four minutes and Carella also passed Chiappe to book his Q2 place.

 

Andersson, Al-Qemzi and Stark eventually topped the session times and Torrente moved through in sixth place, but Cédric Deguisne, Sutthipan Sookbuangbon, Simone Schuft, Erik Edin, double World Champion Sami Selio, Filip Roms and Grant Trask were eliminated.

 

Six more drivers would fall by the wayside in Q2. Torrente stormed to the top of the timings with a lap of 46.78sec and Al-Qemzi and Al-Hameli followed suit to hold second and third before Stark posted a 46.79sec tour. Carella then stormed to the front with a 46.27sec lap and demoted Torrente to fifth behind Al-Qemzi, Al-Hameli and Stark.

 

Fractions of a second separated nine drivers heading into the closing minutes and Torrente was down in seventh place until his last lap of 45.82sec pushed the American to the top of the standings ahead of Al-Qemzi and Stark. Strømøy, Al-Hameli and Andersson also qualified. Bartak Marszalek, Duarte Benavente, Francesco Cantando, Peter Morin, a stunned Alex Carella and Phlippe Chiappe were eliminated.

 

Guido Cappellini said: “This was not easy at all. My heart was working too much. In the last 10 seconds Torrente arrived in the first position. Now we see Team Abu Dhabi in 1-2-3 again. This is a difficult race course. It is important to have a little luck and Shaun had a little luck at the end of that session.”

 

Andersson was first out for Q3 and the Team Amaravati driver carded an opening target lap of 45.22sec. Al-Hameli opened his account with a 45.43sec lap and improved with a 45.23sec, but missed out on provisional pole by 1/100ths of a second. Strømøy stormed to the top with a 44.72sec flyer and that left the Team Abu Dhabi trio to try and beat the Norwegian.

 

Stark was the first of the drivers out of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) to challenge for pole. He opened his account with a 45.00sec lap and slotted into second place. Championship leader Al-Qemzi was next up and the Emirati began with a tour of 45.06sec as he tried to claim a first pole for 11 years. He moved into third place and was not able to improve on his second run.

 

All eyes were on Torrente to see if the Team Abu Dhabi could beat the Norwegian. The American opened with an aborted run of  49.85sec and then stormed to pole with a stunning lap of 44.54sec to deprive his female rival of the bragging rights.

 

Official practice

 

After a spectacular procession through the streets by the teams with a fanfare carnival put on by the local population, Torrente topped the times in extra free practice on Friday afternoon with a best run of 45.64sec and that was 0.61 seconds quicker than the run recorded by Jonas Andersson. Al-Qemzi settled into fourth position behind Victory Team’s Carella. But technical trouble curtailed Stark’s progress and he only managed two laps on the Krishna River course.

 

The leader board swapped and changed several times during the course of an action-packed one-hour official practice session on Saturday. Selio, Stark, Strømøy and Carella all topped the rankings for a time and the Victory Team’s defending champion headed into the last 10 minutes with the fastest lap of 47.03sec.

 

But Torrente snatched the lead soon afterwards with a run of 46.74sec and that was surpassed by a 46.42sec set by Carella’s team-mate Ahmed Al-Hameli. Stark hit the front with a lap of 45.97sec in the dying seconds, as Torrente finished third behind Al-Hameli and Al-Qemzi was eighth. 

 

F4 Trophy – race 1

 

Team Abu Dhabi’s Mohammed Al-Mehairbi trailed Germany’s Max Stilz by four points heading into the Indian race weekend and the Emirati qualified in fourth position (57.22sec) for the first of the 20-lap races after topping the times in the free practice session with a lap of 57.68sec. Rudolf Mihaldinecz claimed pole position with a lap of 56.03sec from England’s Ben Jelf (56.94sec).

 

The Hungarian held his line through the opening turns of the race and headed Jelf by 1.78 seconds at the end of lap one with Al-Mehairbi in fifth of the nine starters behind Stilz and Sam Whittle. The processional field held station through one-quarter distance, but Jelf hit the front on lap six and began to pull away and Al-Mehairbi slipped behind Ahmed Al-Fahim and into sixth on the next lap and then behind Tom Chiappe into seventh.

 

Jelf maintained a slender 1.42-second lead at half-distance and Al-Mehairbi regained a place when Stilz retired on lap 11 and the yellow flag was raised until five laps from the finish. Mihaldinecz snatched the lead at the restart and Al-Meharibi overtook Al-Fahim to regain fifth place with the Hungarian holding on to claim a 5.22-second win over Jelf at the chequered flag. Al-Mehairbi moved into the championship lead with fifth place.

 

Further F4 practice and time trials precede a third F1 H2O practice session on Sunday morning and the second of the F4 races, starting at 15.15hrs. The Grand Prix of India is scheduled for 16.00hrs (14.30hrs UAE time).

 

2018 Grand Prix of India – BRM Qualifying times:

1. Shaun Torrente (USA) Team Abu Dhabi                                    44.54sec

2. Marit Strømøy (NOR) Emirates Racing Team                                      44.72sec

3. Erik Stark (SWE) Team Abu Dhabi                                                           45.00sec

4. Thani Al-Qemzi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                                    45.06sec             

5. Jonas Andersson (SWE) Team Amaravati                                           45.22sec

6. Ahmed Al-Hameli (UAE) Victory Team                                                     45.23sec

Q2

7. Peter Morin (FRA) CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team                        47.04sec

8. Alex Carella (ITA) Victory Team                                                     47.25sec

9. Francesco Cantando (ITA) Blaze F1 Team                                   47.50sec                  

10. Philippe Chiappe (FRA) CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Tea                            47.52sec

11. Duarte Benavente (PRT) F1 Atlantic Team                                    47.91sec

12. Bartek Marszalak (POL) Emirates Racing Team                      DNS                      

Q1

13. Grant Trask (AUS) F1 Atlantic Team                                                    48.82sec

14. Filip Roms (FIN) Mad-Croc Baba Racing Team                     48.98sec

15. Sami Selio (FIN) Mad-Croc Baba Racing Team                     49.37sec                                                        

16. Cédric Deguisne (FRA) Maverick F1 Team                                     50.84sec        

17. Simone Schuft (DEU) Blaze F1 Team                                                     54.85sec

18. Sutthipan Sookbuangbon (THI) Maverick F1 Team                     55.00sec        

19. Erik Edin (SWE) Team Amaravati                                                           57.03sec

 

2018 UIM F1 H2O Pole Position Championship – standings after round 5:

1. Erik Stark (SWE) Team Abu Dhabi                                                                67pts

2. Shaun Torrente (USA) Team Abu Dhabi                                    60pts                                                    

3. Thani Al-Qemzi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                                    45pts

4. Philippe Chiappe (FRA) CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team                        42pts    

5. Alex Carella (ITA) Victory Team                                                                24pts                                                                               

6. Ahmed Al-Hameli (UAE) Victory Team                                     21pts

7. Marit Strømøy (NOR) Emirates Racing Team                                                20pts

8. Jonas Andersson (SWE) Team Amaravati                                           19pts    

9. Peter Morin (FRA) CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team                        14pts

10. Bartek Marszalak (POL) Emirates Racing Team                      12pts                    

11. Francesco Cantando (ITA) Blaze F1 Team                                   9pts

12. Erik Edin (SWE) Team Sweden/Team Amaravati                           7pts                                                      

 

2018 F4 Trophy – positions after race 7:                                                               

1. Mohammed Al-Mehairbi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                      81pts                                                     

2. Max Stilz (DEU) Blaze Performance                                                                78pts                                               

3. Tom Chiappe (FRA) Emirates Racing Team                                      58pts                                                      

4. Sam Whittle (GBR) F1 Atlantic Team                                                    55pts                    

5. Ahmed Al-Fahim (UAE) Victory Team                                                     43pts                                                                                                    

6. Wu Bingchen (CHN) CTIC F1 China Team                                     40pts                                                

7. Pedro Fortuna (PRT) Team Sweden                                                     35pts

8. Alexander Lindholm (FIN) Team Amaravati                                                29pts               

9. Rudolf Mihaldinecz (HUN) Mad-Croc Baba Racing Team                22pts                               

10. Xavier Autard (FRA) Maverick Racing                                              21pts               

11. Quentin Dailly (FRA) Maverick Racing                              17pts                                          

12. Ben Jelf (GBR) Team Amaravati                                                                15pts

13. Joris Colleret (FRA) Maverick Racing                                                   7pts

14. Louise Vella (AUS) Mad-Croc Baba Racing Team                      5pts      

15. Camille Broutechoux (FRA) Maverick Racing                                   4pts

16. Ian Gonsalves (GUY) Maverick Racing                              3pts

 

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TEAM ABU DHABI AIMS TO MAINTAIN POWERBOAT RACING DOMINANCE AS F1 H2O SERIES HEADS TO INDIA

  Emirati Thani Al-Qemzi leads team-mates Erik Stark and Shaun Torrente in thrilling series battle

 

AMARAVATI (INDIA): Monday, November 12:  Team Abu Dhabi’s dynamic trio of Thani Al-Qemzi, Erik Stark and Shaun Torrente continue their thrilling quest for glory in the UIM 2018 UIM F1 H2O World Championship at this weekend’s Grand Prix of India on a 2.125km course on the Krishna River in Amaravati.

 

The team running out of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) has taken the series by storm this season and Al-Qemzi arrives in India fresh from a test session in Abu Dhabi and set to defend a single point lead over Stark and a two-point lead over Torrente. The three drivers have secured two successive 1-2-3 race finishes and moved well clear of their closest title challenger – three-time World Champion Philippe Chiappe of the CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team.

 

Forty-year-old Al-Qemzi, Stark and Torrente have also given Team Abu Dhabi a commanding lead in the UIM Teams’ Championship and Stark leads the Pole Position series by 13 points from Chiappe.

 

Torrente said: “We tested for a few days in Abu Dhabi before making our way to India for the race. This race is about the team. We need to prepare well, all of us, so that we all have chance to win. Whoever wins, wins. That’s okay. The feeling in the team is great and we are just looking forward to the race in India and continuing this amazing season.”

 

Etihad Airways is the official carrier for Team Abu Dhabi that is also supported by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and runs under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan, advisor to the Head of State and chairman of the board of directors of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club and under the guidance of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan, Vice-President and CEO of the ADIMSC. The racing team runs under the umbrella of the ADIMSC, board member and general manager Salem Al-Remeithi and team manager Guido Cappellini.

 

Team Abu Dhabi’s Mohammed Al-Mehairbi currently trails Germany’s Max Stilz by just four points in the UIM F4 Trophy and the pair will duel in two 20-minute races over the weekend as the official support series to the F1 H2O event. The pair are well clear of third-placed Tom Chiappe of France heading to the Indian showdown.

 

F1 H2O boat racing is heading to India for the first time since Francesco Cantando won in Mumbai in 2004. The race will take place near Bhanavi island in the de facto capital city of the Indian State of Andhra Pradesh.

 

The race is being promoted in the metropolitan areas of Vijayawada and Guntur by the Malaxmi Group in association with Andhra Pradesh Tourism and Idea Marketing. Amaravati (meaning ‘place of immortals’) is the name of the futuristic city that has been established under a name derived from the historical Amaravathi temple town, the ancient capital of the Telugu rulers of the Satavahana dynasty.

 

The Krishna River will host the new course. It takes its name from Lord Krishna and is one of the longest in India, running through the states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

 

After technical scrutineering and administration checks on Friday (November 16), teams will be permitted to carry out free practice from 15.30hrs.

 

Saturday’s timetable starts with F4 free practice and time trials from 10.00hrs, F1 free practice at 11.10hrs and the first of the two 20-minute F4 races from 14.30hrs. BRM Qualifying starts at 15.30hrs (14.00hrs UAE time).

 

Further F4 practice and time trials precede a third F1 H2O practice session on Sunday morning and the second of the F4 races, starting at 15.15hrs. The Grand Prix of India is scheduled for 16.00hrs (14.30hrs UAE time).

 

2018 UIM F1 H2O World Championship – standings after round 4:

1. Thani Al-Qemzi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                                    54pts

2. Erik Stark (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                                                           53pts

3. Shaun Torrente (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                                    52pts

4. Philippe Chiappe (FRA) CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team                        34pts

5. Peter Morin (FRA) CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team                        30pts                    

6. Ahmed Al-Hameli (UAE) Victory Team                                     15pts    

7. Jonas Andersson (SWE) Team Sweden/Team Amaravati                 14pts                    

8. Erik Edin (SWE) Team Sweden/Team Amaravati                                13pts                                               

9. Marit Strømøy (NOR) Emirates Racing Team                                                11pts               

10. Alex Carella (ITA) Victory Team                                                                9pts                                                               

11. Sami Selio (FIN) Mad-Croc Baba Racing Team                     7pts               

12. Grant Trask (AUS) F1 Atlantic Team                                                5pts 

12. Duarte Benavente (PRT) F1 Atlantic Team                                    5pts      

14. Bartek Marszalak (POL) Emirates Racing Team                      4pts                      

15. Francesco Cantando (ITA) Blaze F1 Team                                   3pts

15. Cédric Deguisne (FRA) Maverick F1 Team                                     3pts

 

2018 UIM F1 H2O Pole Position Championship – standings after round 4:

1. Erik Stark (SWE) Team Abu Dhabi                                                                55pts

2. Philippe Chiappe (FRA) CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team                        42pts    

3. Shaun Torrente (USA) Team Abu Dhabi                                    40pts                                                    

4. Thani Al-Qemzi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                                    36pts

5. Alex Carella (ITA) Victory Team                                                                24pts                                                                               

6. Ahmed Al-Hameli (UAE) Victory Team                                     16pts

7. Peter Morin (FRA) CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team                        14pts

8. Jonas Andersson (SWE) Team Amaravati                                           12pts    

8. Bartek Marszalak (POL) Emirates Racing Team                                      12pts                    

10. Francesco Cantando (ITA) Blaze F1 Team                                   9pts

11. Erik Edin (SWE) Team Sweden/Team Amaravati                           7pts                                                      

12. Marit Strømøy (NOR) Emirates Racing Team                                                5pts

 

2018 F4 Trophy – positions after race 6:                                                               

1. Max Stilz (DEU) Blaze Performance                                                                78pts                               

2. Mohammed Al-Mehairbi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                      74pts                                          

3. Tom Chiappe (FRA) Emirates Racing Team                                      49pts      

4. Sam Whittle (GBR) F1 Atlantic Team                                                    43pts    

5. Ahmed Al-Fahim (UAE) Victory Team                                                     38pts                                                                                                    

6. Wu Bingchen (CHN) CTIC F1 China Team                                     37pts                                

7. Pedro Fortuna (PRT) Team Sweden                                                     35pts

8. Alexander Lindholm (FIN) Team Amaravati                                                29pts               

9. Xavier Autard (FRA) Maverick Racing                                              21pts               

10. Quentin Dailly (FRA) Maverick Racing                              17pts                                          

11. Joris Colleret (FRA) Maverick F1 Racing                                   7pts

12. Louise Vella (AUS) Mad-Croc Baba Racing Team                      5pts      

13. Ian Gonsalves (GUY) Maverick Racing                              3pts

14. Rudolf Mihaldinecz (HUN) Mad-Croc Baba Racing Team                2pts

 

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TEAM ABU DHABI 4 STORMS INTO OUTRIGHT XCAT SERIES LEAD WITH SECOND RACE WIN IN HANGZHOU

Team Abu Dhabi 5’s Al-Tayer and Al-Mansoori wrap up second 1-2 finish in seven days

       Dubai Police finishes third to trail Emirati title rivals by nine points; 222 Offshore in fourth

         

HANGZHOU (CHINA): Sunday, October 21: Team Abu Dhabi 4’s Shaun Torrente and Faleh Al-Mansoori earned a second successive victory in race two of the Hangzhou Grand Prix on the Qiantang River on Sunday and now lead the UIM XCAT World Championship by nine points.

 

Completing another sensational weekend for the team running out of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC), Team Abu Dhabi 5’s Rashed Al-Tayer and Majed Al-Mansoori reached the chequered flag in second place to complete the second stunning 1-2 finish for the team in a week after a similar success in race two in Shanghai last Sunday.

 

Torrente and Al-Mansoori mastered their long lap strategy to perfection and led from start-to-finish to see off their rivals and continue a remarkable turn around in fortunes in what is developing into a thrilling XCAT season finale with four races yet to come in Xiamen and Dubai.

 

The Dubai Police crew of Nadir Bin Hendi and Arif Saif Al-Zafeen recovered from a slow start to close in on Team Abu Dhabi 5 and seal the final podium position, while the 222 Offshore crew of Italy’s Giovanni Carpitella and Australia’s Darren Nicholson were fourth. Team Australia’s Blue Roo crew of crew of Pål-Virik Nilsen and Jan Trygve Braaten suffered engine issues that dented their title ambitions and they struggled to the finish in eighth place.

 

A delighted Faleh Al-Mansoori said: “I am very happy with my friend Shaun. He did a good job today. The World Championship is not easy. We work hard every time and this is another fantastic result for us.”

 

Torrente added: “We are in the driving seat now. We are not playing catch up. This championship is in our hands and is ours to lose. We will enjoy this win, but we must retain our concentration and focus for the next races.”

 

Etihad Airways is the official carrier for Team Abu Dhabi that is also supported by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and runs under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan, advisor to the Head of State and chairman of the board of directors of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) and under the guidance of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan, Vice-President and CEO of the ADIMSC.

 

The racing team runs under the auspices of the ADIMSC and board member and general manager Salem Al-Remeithi, while the XCAT team is managed by Talib Al-Sayed.

 

Race 2

 

Team Abu Dhabi 4 and 5 made good starts to the second race where long lap strategies were crucial. Humid and overcast conditions greeted crews to the 16-lap race on the Qiantang River.

 

Team Abu Dhabi 4 held the lead from their team-mates from the start, as Dubai Police trailed in their wake with 222 Offshore in close attendance and Kuwait in fifth place after completing their long laps. Team Abu Dhabi 5 briefly gained the lead on lap 10 when Team Abu Dhabi 4 completed their second long lap, but Torrente and Faleh Al-Mansoori hit the front again soon afterwards.

 

The Blue Roo was struggling with engine issues but managed to overtake Pastamato at the rear of the field to regain 10th position, as the two Team Abu Dhabi boats continued to lead from Dubai Police and 222 Offshore heading into lap 12. Dubai Police began to close in on Team Abu Dhabi 5 heading into the closing stages of the race, but the gap widened to six seconds with two laps remaining.

 

Team Abu Dhabi 4 duly stayed clear of trouble over the remaining laps to seal a second successive victory and a commanding lead in the title race after a remarkable turn around in fortunes since the XCAT series headed to China last week. Team Abu Dhabi 5 confirmed a 1-2 for the ADIMSC and Dubai Police rounded off the podium places.

 

Swecat Racing damaged their gear casing on a rock in pole position qualifying on Saturday morning and Erik Stark and Sebastien Groth were unable to start the first race. Further investigation showed the extent of the damage at the rear of the boat and the Swedes missed race two and will not be able to compete in Xiamen either.

 

Official practice

 

Dubai Police topped the times in Sunday morning’s second official practice session with a best lap of 2min 19.971sec from Team Abu Dhabi 4, 222 Offshore and Team Abu Dhabi 5.

 

Action resumes in the UIM XCAT World Championship in Xiamen next weekend.

 

2018 Hangzhou Grand Prix  – race 2 result (unofficial):

1. Team Abu Dhabi 4 – Shaun Torrente (USA)/Faleh Al-Mansoori (UAE)                                35pts                    

2. Team Abu Dhabi 5 – Rashed Al-Tayer (UAE)/Majed Al-Mansoori (UAE)                    30pts

3. Dubai Police 3 - Arif Saif Al-Zafeen (UAE)/Nadir bin Hendi (UAE)                    26pts

4. 222 Offshore 10 - Giovanni Carpitella (ITA)/Darren Nicholson (AUS)                    22pts

5. New Star 9 – Mikhail Kitashev (RUS)/Dmitry Vandyshev (RUS)                                     18pts    

6. Videx 22 – Alfredo Amato (ITA)/Daniele Martignoni (ITA)                                      15pts

7. Yacht Club Como 20 – Serafino Barlesi (ITA)/Domenico Caldarola (ITA)                      12pts

8. The Blue Roo 8 – Pål-Virik Nilsen (NOR)/Jan Trygve Braaten (NOR)                   10pts

9. Pastamato 46 – Andrea Comello (ITA)/Joakim Kumlin (SWE)                                    8pts

10. Kuwait 17 – Abdullatef Al-Omani (KUW)/Moustafa Al-Dashti (KUW)                   6pts

11. HPI 96 – François Pinelli (FRA)/Giuseppe Schiano di Cola (ITA)                            5pts      

Swecat Racing 2 - Erik Stark (SWE)/Sebastien Groth (SWE)                                   DNS

 

2018 UIM XCAT World Championship – positions after race 8 (unofficial):

1. Team Abu Dhabi 4                                                                 213pts

2. Dubai Police 3                                                              204pts

3. Team Abu Dhabi 5                                                                 184pts  

4. Team Australia 8                                                          162pts

5. 222 Offshore 10                                                           159pts

6. HPI 96                                                                               97pts

7. Kuwait 17                                                                       93pts

8. New Star 9                                                                     91pts

9. Venus Bali/Viniexsport/Pastamato 46                 81pts

10. Yacht Club Como 20                                              79pts

11. Videx/Ribot 22                                                           65pts

12. Swecat Racing 2                                                               46pts

13. Maritimo 12                                                                  0pts

 

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TEAM ABU DHABI 4’S TORRENTE AND AL-MANSOORI WIN HANGZHOU GRAND PRIX TO TIE SERIES LEAD

   Team Abu Dhabi 5’s Al-Tayer and Al-Mansoori finish fourth; sixth place for Dubai Police

         

HANGZHOU (CHINA): Saturday, October 20: Team Abu Dhabi 4’s Shaun Torrente and Faleh Al-Mansoori overtook the Dubai Police crew of Nadir Bin Hendi and Arif Saif Al-Zafeen to hit the front at the start of the Hangzhou Grand Prix on the Qiantang River in the Xiaoshan District of Hangzhou City on Saturday and they held on to seal a convincing victory and storm into contention for the UIM XCAT World Championship title.

 

With the bit between their teeth after the performance in Shanghai last weekend, the team running out of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) duly tied with their Emirati rivals in the title race heading into the second of the Hangzhou races on Sunday.

 

The 222 Offshore crew of Italy’s Giovanni Carpitella and Australia’s Darren Nicholson delivered a useful performance to finish in second position, while Team Australia’s Blue Roo crew of crew of Pål-Virik Nilsen and Jan Trygve Braaten were third.

 

Team Abu Dhabi 5’s Rashed Al-Tayer and Majed Al-Mansoori maintained their championship challenge with fourth place and Dubai Police limped home in sixth after seeing a massive series lead evaporate in the third of six Chinese XCAT races in three successive weekends.

 

Shaun Torrente said: “Abu Dhabi gives us the best boat and this is a fantastic result for us. Now we are tied for the lead in the championship after this race result. Now we have a big chance to win the championship.”

 

Etihad Airways is the official carrier for Team Abu Dhabi that is also supported by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and runs under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan, advisor to the Head of State and chairman of the board of directors of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) and under the guidance of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan, Vice-President and CEO of the ADIMSC.

 

The racing team runs under the auspices of the ADIMSC and board member and general manager Salem Al-Remeithi, while the XCAT team is managed by Talib Al-Sayed.

 

Talib Al-Sayed said: We are feeling very positive about the remaining races. It is important for us to maintain our momentum for the championship. I am very happy with the way the team is working but we must continue to push and increase the pressure on our rivals.”

 

Race 1

 

Team Abu Dhabi 4 and 5 lined up in second and fifth positions for the start of the opening 17-lap, 60.75Nm race in gloomy and calm conditions but it was disappointing news for Swecat Racing, who were sidelined before the start after gear case issues before the start. The format was similar to the previous week with boats tackling one start lap, 14 normal race laps and two compulsory long laps.

 

Team Abu Dhabi 4 made a good start and applied the pressure on Dubai Police from the outset. Torrente and Faleh Al-Mansoori managed to hit the front and were followed through the opening turns by 222 Offshore and the Blue Roo, as Dubai Police slipped to fourth ahead of Team Abu Dhabi 5.

 

Team Abu Dhabi 4 continued to edge away from their rivals as 222 Offshore and the Dubai Police vied for second and third places and long lap strategies began to come into play with Team Abu Dhabi 5 down in seventh place. Al-Tayer and Al-Mansoori climbed to sixth soon afterwards as Team Abu Dhabi 4 led from 222 Offshore, Dubai Poiice, the Blue Roo and HPI.

 

Over the subsequent couple of laps there were minor changes to the running order and Team Abu Dhabi 4 continued to lead from 222 Offshore, although the Blue Roo passed Dubai Police to snatch third and Dubai Police then slipped behind HPI and Team Abu Dhabi 5 and into sixth. New Star incurred a penalty lap and slipped to ninth.

 

Team Abu Dhabi 4 held on to claim the win from 222 Offshore and the Blue Roo, but sixth for Dubai Police dented their title challenge.

 

Pole Position

 

Pole Position qualifying was rescheduled to Saturday morning at 11.00hrs local time and developed into a virtual carbon copy of the previous day’s practice session. A resurgent Dubai Police claimed the bragging rights and pole position with a best lap of 2min 19.279sec to pip Team Abu Dhabi 4 to the premier starting position for the opening race.

The leading pair were almost two seconds up on the next trio of boats with the Blue Roo claiming third spot from 222 Offshore and Team Abu Dhabi 5. Videx and High Performance Italia (HPI) were next up, although all 12 boats managed at least one lap in the qualifying session.

 

The result enabled Dubai Police to extend their advantage over the Blue Roo and Team Abu Dhabi 4 in the UIM XCAT Pole Position Championship.

 

Official practice

 

Australian racer Darren Nicholson replaced Sweden’s Joakim Kumlin alongside Giovanni Carpitella in 222 Offshore with Kumlin switching to partner Andrea Comello in Pastamato 46. Otherwise the boats and crews were the same for the Hangzhou Grand Prix as those that competed in Shanghai last weekend.

 

The Dubai Police crew of Arif Saf Al-Zafeen and Nadir bin Hendi bounced back to form with the quickest lap of 2min 22.659sec in Friday’s opening practice session on the Qiantang River. They pipped the Blue Roo’s Pål-Virik Nilsen and Jan Trygve Braaten by a mere 7/100ths of a second to the session win.

 

Team Abu Dhabi 4’s Shaun Torrente and Faleh Al-Mansoori were a close third and their Emirati team-mates, Rashed Al-Tayer and Majed Al-Mansoori, were fifth in Team Abu Dhabi 5 behind 222 Offshore.

 

Race two gets underway on Sunday afternoon at 15.00hrs (11.00hrs UAE time).

 

2018 Hangzhou Grand Prix  – race 1 result (unofficial):

1. Team Abu Dhabi 4 – Shaun Torrente (USA)/Faleh Al-Mansoori (UAE)                                35pts                    

2. 222 Offshore 10 - Giovanni Carpitella (ITA)/Darren Nicholson (AUS)                    30pts

3. The Blue Roo 8 – Pål-Virik Nilsen (NOR)/Jan Trygve Braaten (NOR)                   26pts

4. Team Abu Dhabi 5 – Rashed Al-Tayer (UAE)/Majed Al-Mansoori (UAE)                    22pts

5. HPI 96 – François Pinelli (FRA)/Giuseppe Schiano di Cola (ITA)                                            18pts    

6. Dubai Police 3 - Arif Saif Al-Zafeen (UAE)/Nadir bin Hendi (UAE)                    15pts

7. Kuwait 17 – Abdullatef Al-Omani (KUW)/Moustafa Al-Dashti (KUW)                   12pts

8. Videx 22 – Alfredo Amato (ITA)/Daniele Martignoni (ITA)                                      10pts

9. New Star 9 – Mikhail Kitashev (RUS)/Dmitry Vandyshev (RUS)                                     8pts      

10. Yacht Club Como 20 – Serafino Barlesi (ITA)/Domenico Caldarola (ITA)      6pts

11. Pastamato 46 – Andrea Comello (ITA)/Joakim Kumlin (SWE)                                    5pts

Swecat Racing 2 - Erik Stark (SWE)/Sebastien Groth (SWE)                                   DNS

 

2018 UIM XCAT World Championship – positions after race 7 (unofficial):

1. Team Abu Dhabi 4                                                                 178pts

1. Dubai Police 3                                                              178pts

3. Team Abu Dhabi 5                                                                 155pts  

4. Team Australia 8                                                          152pts

5. 222 Offshore 10                                                           137pts

6. HPI 96                                                                               92pts

7. Kuwait 17                                                                       87pts

8. Venus Bali/Viniexsport/Pastamato 46                 78pts

9. New Star 9                                                                     73pts

10. Yacht Club Como 20                                              67pts

11. Videx/Ribot 22                                                           50pts

12. Swecat Racing 2                                                               46pts

13. Maritimo 12                                                                  0pts

 

2018 UIM XCAT Pole Position Championship – positions after four rounds:

1. Dubai Police 3                                                              131pts  

2. Team Australia 8                                                          121pts  

3. Team Abu Dhabi 4                                                                 97pts    

4. 222 Offshore 10                                                           74pts    

5. Team Abu Dhabi 5                                                                 66pts    

6. Swecat Racing 2                                                               45pts    

7. HPI 96                                                                               42pts

8. New Star 9                                                                     37pts    

9. Videx/Ribot 22                                                           35pts    

9. Yacht Club Como 20                                                              35pts    

11. Venus Bali/Viniexsport/Pastamato 46                 31pts    

12. Maritimo 12                                                                  26pts

13. Kuwait 17                                                                     20pts    

 

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HANGZHOU SHOWDOWN AWAITS AS RAMPANT TEAM ABU DHABI ARRIVES FOR XCAT RACES

Team Abu Dhabi 4 and 5 look to hunt down Dubai Police and snatch XCAT series lead

         

HANGZHOU (CHINA): Tuesday, October 16: Team Abu Dhabi have arrived in Hangzhou, around 200 kilometres from Shanghai, and will be hoping to carry on where they left off last weekend when action in the UIM XCAT World Championship resumes at this weekend’s Hangzhou Grand Prix.

 

Fresh from claiming first and third places in race one in Shanghai and a stunning one-two finish in the second race, the title battle has been thrown wide open. Team Abu Dhabi 4’s Shaun Torrente and Faleh Al-Mansoori and Team Abu Dhabi 5 colleagues Rashed Al-Tayer and Majed Al-Mansoori are raring to go with confidence high throughout the entire team.

 

The lead Team Abu Dhabi 4 boat now trails the Dubai Police crew of Nadir Bin Hendi and Arif Saif Al-Zafeen by just 20 points heading to the Hangzhou showdown on the Qiantang River in the Xiaoshan District of Hangzhou City. The gap had been a massive 58 points before last weekend’s triumph in Shanghai.

 

Team Abu Dhabi 5 is 11 points further behind and well in striking distance of the leaders, while Team Australia’s Norwegian crew of Pål-Virik Nilsen and Jan Trygve Braaten lie in fourth place in the Blue Roo, six points adrift of the third-placed Abu Dhabi boat.

 

Shaun Torrente said: “Last weekend was great for the points and we just need to maintain the momentum. Hopefully we need to have another good set-up for this race. We will know in a couple of days, I guess. Now, with the big difference we have made up in the points, we can concentrate on performance and we don’t have to rely on the Dubai Police having a problem.

 

“We just need to beat them and we have both our boats in position to do that. There are two chances for Abu Dhabi and that is great. I am confident that the team will have the boats perfect like they did last weekend. I am looking forward to it. It’s going to be a smooth water race again by the looks of it, so I guess our set-up will be pretty similar.”

 

Dubai Police currently tops the standings in the UIM XCAT World Pole Position Championship by a single point from the Blue Roo. Team Abu Dhabi 4 and 5 are in third and fifth positions, split by the 222 Offshore crew of Giovanni Carpitella and Joakhim Kumlin. Qualifying positions take on extra significance on some race courses where overtaking is difficult. 

 

Etihad Airways is the official carrier for Team Abu Dhabi that is also supported by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and runs under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan, advisor to the Head of State and chairman of the board of directors of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) and under the guidance of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan, Vice-President and CEO of the ADIMSC.

 

The racing team runs under the auspices of the ADIMSC and board member and general manager Salem Al-Remeithi, while the XCAT team is managed by Talib Al-Sayed.

 

Hangzhou is the capital of the Zhejiang Province in Eastern China and marks the southern terminus of the ancient Grand Canal waterway, which originates in Beijing. The city sits at the head of Hangzhou Bay, which separates Shanghai from Ningbo. The nearby West Lake is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

Action on the Qiantang River gets underway with official practice and the pole position qualifying sessions on Friday (October 19). Twelve boats are expected to line up at the start of the weekend’s racing activities.

 

Further practice will be permitted on Saturday morning and race one fires into life at 15.00hrs (11.00hrs UAE time) on Saturday afternoon. The timetable is repeated on Sunday (October 21) with race two getting the green flag at 15.00hrs.

 

2018 UIM XCAT World Championship – positions after race 6:

1. Dubai Police 3                                                              163pts

2. Team Abu Dhabi 4                                                                 143pts

3. Team Abu Dhabi 5                                                                 132pts  

4. Team Australia 8                                                          126pts

5. 222 Offshore 10                                                           107pts

6. Kuwait 17                                                                       75pts

7. HPI 96                                                                               74pts    

8. Venus Bali/Viniexsport 46                                         73pts

9. New Star 9                                                                     65pts

10. Yacht Club Como 20                                              61pts

11. Swecat Racing 2                                                               46pts

12. Videx/Ribot 22                                                           40pts

13. Maritimo 12                                                                  0pts

 

2018 UIM XCAT Pole Position Championship – positions after three rounds:

1. Dubai Police 3                                                              96pts

2. Team Australia 8                                                          95pts

3. Team Abu Dhabi 4                                                                 67pts

4. 222 Offshore 10                                                           52pts

5. Team Abu Dhabi 5                                                                 48pts    

6. Swecat Racing 2                                                               40pts

7. Yacht Club Como 20                                                              31pts

7. New Star 9                                                                     31pts

9. HPI 96                                                                               30pts    

10. Maritimo 12                                                                  26pts

11. Venus Bali/Viniexsport 46                                         21pts

12. Videx/Ribot 22                                                           20pts

13. Kuwait 17                                                                     12pts

 

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TEAM ABU DHABI 4 AND 5 ROMP TO EMPHATIC 1-2 RACE FINISH ON SHANGHAI’S DISHUI LAKE

  Team Abu Dhabi 4 closes in on fifth-placed Dubai Police in enthralling title race

         

SHANGHAI (CHINA): Sunday, October 14: Team Abu Dhabi sealed an emphatic 1-2 finish in race two of the Shanghai Grand Prix on Dishui Lake on Sunday afternoon. Team Abu Dhabi 4’s Shaun Torrente and Emirati Faleh Al-Mansoori overtook their Team Abu Dhabi 5 team-mates, Rashed Al-Tayer and Majed Al-Mansoori, and romped to an impressive 36.14-second victory at the third round of the UIM XCAT World Championship.

 

With the series-leading Dubai Police crew of Nadir Bin Hendi and Arif Saif Al-Zafeen crossing the finish in fifth position behind High Performance Italia (HPI) 96’s Francois Pinelli and Giuseppe Schiano Di Cola and Team Australia’s Blue Roo Norwegian crew of Pål-Virik Nilsen and Jan Trygve Braaten, it enabled Torrente and Al-Mansoori to close to within 20 points of the championship lead.

 

In a race that had few incidents - unlike the opener on Saturday afternoon  - long lap strategies came to the fore early on, but Team Abu Dhabi 4 was not to be denied and, once Torrente and Al-Mansoori sniffed the chance of the win, they powered off into the distance to record an emphatic success. Team Abu Dhabi 5 now holds third position in the title race heading to the two races in Hangzhou next weekend.

 

Race winner Shaun Torrente said: “We have the best powerboat racing team in the world. It is our pleasure to drive the boats that Team Abu Dhabi prepare. We had a great start and we were able to push our team-mates. We knew we were faster. When they took their second long lap, we were ahead and we knew it. The last five laps were painful. We had a big lead and you are just waiting for something to go wrong. This is a perfect result for us and one that has thrown the title race wide open. We ran a perfect race and for the team to come away with a 1-2 finish is icing on the cake to take to the next races.”

 

Team Abu Dhabi 5’s Rashed Al-Tayer added: “I am very happy for the  podium today. Our strategy was very good. We are thinking about the points for the World Championship.”

 

Etihad Airways is the official carrier for Team Abu Dhabi that is also supported by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and runs under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan, advisor to the Head of State and chairman of the board of directors of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club and under the guidance of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan, Vice-President and CEO of the ADIMSC.

 

The racing team runs under the auspices of the ADIMSC and board member and general manager Salem Al-Remeithi, while the XCAT team is managed by Talib Al-Sayed.

 

Race 2

 

Boats lined up for the start of race two in the order in which they had finished the thrilling opening encounter on Saturday. The final results for race one were changed yet again overnight and Team Abu Dhabi 5 were actually given the win.

 

The Blue Roo won the third practice session from the two Team Abu Dhabi boats on Sunday morning but dropped to second place overnight and Team Abu Dhabi 4 were demoted to third and started in a similar position on the pontoon. After the broken shaft and propeller issues on Saturday, the series leading Dubai Police were down in 11th place. The race would be staged over a start lap of 3.63Nm, 15 normal race laps of 3.10Nm and two compulsory long laps of 2.56Nm.

 

Team Abu Dhabi 4 made a superb start and moved ahead of Blue Roo on the start lap to give the team out of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) a 1-2 start. The two boats began to pull away from the Blue Roo and, by lap three, they were well clear of the Team Australia boat, as HPI 86 held fourth place and Dubai Police stormed through the field from 11th to fifth with Kuwait in sixth in grey, overcast racing conditions.

 

Long lap strategies started to come into play as the race progressed, although Team Abu Dhabi 5 led from HPI 96 into lap five and Team Abu Dhabi 4 and Dubai Police rounded off the top four followed by Swecat Racing, Kuwait and the Blue Roo. Team Abu Dhabi 5 ran a long lap soon afterwards and the decision handed the temporary race lead to HPI 98 heading into laps five and six.

 

HPI 96 maintained the advantage over Team Abu Dhabi 5 without taking a long lap with Team Abu Dhabi 4, Dubai Police, Kuwait and Swecat Racing trailing in their wake. But Al-Tayer and Al-Mansoori regained the lead in Team Abu Dhabi 5 on lap seven from HPI 96, Team Abu Dhabi 4, the Blue Roo, Dubai Police and Kuwait.

 

By lap eight, Team Abu Dhabi 4 had snatched second position behind their team-mates and HPI 96 slipped to third and was being pursued by the Blue Roo, Dubai Police and Kuwait. The leaders held station into lap nine, but Team Abu Dhabi 4 passed the Emirati 5 boat on the next lap as the two Team Abu Dhabi boats continued to dominate proceedings on Dishui Lake.

 

Team Abu Dhabi 4 completed lap 11 at the front of the field and closed in on lapping 10th placed Yacht Club Como, as a repaired Videx 22 struggled slowly at the tail end of the race in 12th place. Torrente and Faleh Al-Mansoori began to pull away from their rivals and were running around 20 seconds ahead at the start of lap 13.

 

The order remained the same heading into lap 15 of 17 and all boats had completed their long laps. Team Abu Dhabi 4 was not be to denied and Torrente and Al-Mansoori cruised through the closing turns to record a stunning win and move even closer to Dubai Police in the championship standings. Team Abu Dhabi 5 finished second and HPI 96 rounded off the podium places with the Blue Roo and Dubai Police in fourth and fifth.

 

2018 Shanghai Grand Prix  – race 2 result:

1. Team Abu Dhabi 4 – Shaun Torrente (USA)/Faleh Al-Mansoori (UAE)                                41min 31.92sec                              

2. Team Abu Dhabi 5 – Rashed Al-Tayer (UAE)/Majed Al-Mansoori (UAE)                    @36.14sec        

3. HPI 96 – François Pinelli (FRA)/Giuseppe Schiano di Cola (ITA)                                            @46.00sec                        

4. The Blue Roo 8 – Pål-Virik Nilsen (NOR)/Jan Trygve Braaten (NOR)                   @47.91sec

5. Dubai Police 3 - Arif Saif Al-Zafeen (UAE)/Nadir bin Hendi (UAE)                    @1min 06.29sec

6. Kuwait 17 – Abdullatef Al-Omani (KUW)/Moustafa Al-Dashti (KUW)                   @1min 24.33sec

7. Swecat Racing 2 - Erik Stark (SWE)/Sebastien Groth (SWE)                                   @2min 05.71sec

8. New Star 9 – Mikhail Kitashev (RUS)/Dmitry Vandyshev (RUS)                                     @2min 28.51sec              

9. Viniexsport 46 – Andrea Comello (ITA)/Rosario Schiano Di Cola (ITA)                      1 lap behind

10. Yacht Club Como 20 – Serafino Barlesi (ITA)/Domenico Caldarola (ITA)      1 lap behind

11. 222 Offshore 10 - Giovanni Carpitella (ITA)/Joakhim Kumlin (SWE)                    2 laps behind

12. Videx 22 – Alfredo Amato (ITA)/Daniele Martignoni (ITA)                                      3 laps behind

 

2018 UIM XCAT World Championship – positions after race 6:

1. Dubai Police 3                                                              163pts

2. Team Abu Dhabi 4                                                                 143pts

3. Team Abu Dhabi 5                                                                 132pts  

4. Team Australia 8                                                          126pts

5. 222 Offshore 10                                                           107pts

6. Kuwait 17                                                                       75pts

7. HPI 96                                                                               74pts    

8. Venus Bali/Viniexsport 46                                         73pts

9. New Star 9                                                                     65pts

10. Yacht Club Como 20                                              61pts

11. Swecat Racing 2                                                               46pts

12. Videx/Ribot 22                                                           40pts

13. Maritimo 12                                                                  0pts

 

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