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SHARJAH SERVES UP A FITTING FINALE TO CLOSE OUT THE UIM-ABP AQUABIKE SEASON

Wednesday, 21 December, SHARJAH (UAE): Sharjah served up a fitting finale to close out the 2017 UIM-ABP Aquabike World Championship, with today’s final Moto deciding the Sharjah Grand Prix winners and the event closing with the crowning of the world champions.

Rashed Al Mulla who has been the standout performer over the last three days and sealed the Sharjah Grand Prix title with another incredible display of aerial acrobatics taking the win by 88 points to 87 over Florjancic with Roberto Mariani in third.

 

SHARJAH GRAND PRIX WINNERS:

Freestyle GP Of Sharjah Result :

1. R Al Mulla (uae) – 75pts

2. N Florjancic (slo) – 60pts

3. R Mariani (ita) – 48pts

 

UIM-ABP AQUABIKE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

1. N Florjancic (slo) – 191pts

2. R Mariani (ita) – 165pts

3. R Al Mulla (uae) – 150pts

 

 
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Rashid Al Mulla tops the overall standings of the #Aquabike

Rashid Al Mulla tops the overall standings of the Aquabike World Championship Category Of Free Style

 Sharjah Wensday December 20 : With A Total Of 50 Points And Tomorrow Will Be The Final,10 points, separated From The Second-Place Holder Of Nac Florjancic From Slovenia Rashed Al Tayer

AbuDhabi JetSki Team 5 In After a free trial on the first day and a fourth place in qualifying, Today Al Tayer Out of competition due to engine break In Moto 2 RunAbout GP1

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

 

RANK

BIKE

RIDER

LICENSE

HEAT 1

HEAT 2

TOTAL POINTS

1

3

RASHID AL MULLA

AE

25

25

50

2

2

NAC FLORJANCIC

SI

20

20

40

3

70

ROBERTO MARIANI

IT

16

16

32

4

5

JAROSLAV TIRNER

CZ

13

13

26

5

21

ALBERTO CAMERLENGO

IT

11

11

22

  
Result Of Moto 1 RunAbout GP

 


RANK

BIKE

RIDER

LICENSE

HEAT 1

HEAT 2

TOTAL POINTS

1

1

YOUSEF AL ABDULRAZZAQ

KW

25

25

50

2

15

JAMES BUSHELL

GB

20

16

36

3

30

LARS SEBASTIAN AKERBLOM

SE

13

20

33

4

86

JEREMY PEREZ

FR

16

13

29

5

25

ANDRZEJ WISNIEWSKI

PL

11

11

22

6

21

PATRICE PELLIER

FR

9

10

19

7

28

JAN JENSEN

DK

8

9

17

8

68

HOMOD ALMUDUYAN

KW

7

8

15

9

84

JOHAN JOHANSSON

SE

10

0

10

10

44

ANTON PANKRATOV

EE

3

5

8

11

4

LORENZO BENAGLIA

IT

0

7

7

12

55

JULIEN EMELIE

FR

4

3

7

13

8

MATTIA FRACASSO

IT

0

6

6

14

19

JAMES MASTERTON

AU

6

0

6

15

66

FREDERIK BRANDAO

DE

1

4

5

16

10

CHRISTOPHE AGOSTINHO

PT

5

0

5

17

17

WU RONGHUA

CN

0

2

2

18

13

BURAK ERVERDI

DE

2

0

2

19

26

ROBERTO ALEXANDER DEL PINO

ES

0

1

1

20

50

GIANLUCA SANTI AMANTINI

IT

0

0

0

21

54

CARL LAMPE

NZ

0

0

0

22

5

RASHED AL TAYER

AE

0

0

0

 

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Mohammed bin Zayed congratulates Abu Dhabi F1 Team champions

HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, received the Abu Dhabi Formula One World Championship Team, accompanied by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Advisor to His Highness the President and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Marine Sports Club , And Sheikh Mohammed bin Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Vice Chairman, Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club.

His congratulations to the members of the team on this global achievement, wishing them success and success, and continue to win the titles of the world 2018. The winners of the Abu Dhabi Speedboat Team won three Formula One World Championship titles at the Khalid Lake in Sharjah, where they took the lead in the overall standings, the 
fastest Teams and fastest racer.

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.

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TEAM ABU DHABI’S CARELLA SECURES FOURTH WORLD TITLE WITH START-TO-FINISH VICTORY IN GRAND PRIX OF SHARJAH

Team Abu Dhabi clinches UIM F1 H2O Teams’ World Championship and UIM Fast Lap Trophy

Series runner-up Philippe Chiappe finishes third behind Jonas Andersson

Mohammed Al-Mehairbi secures third in F4-S Trophy: Sharjah GP victory for Mihaldinecz

 

SHARJAH (UAE): Friday, December 15:  Team Abu Dhabi’s Alex Carella delivered a sensational performance to lead from the start to the chequered flag to secure a convincing victory in the 18th Grand Prix of Sharjah and a fourth UIM F1 H20 World Championship title.

 Philippe Chiappe of the CTIC Shenzhen China Team could not recover from a disappointing start from fifth position on the pontoon and the three-time champion had to settle for an eventual third position and the runner-up spot in the World Championship after climbing back from as low as eighth in a largely processional race on Khaled Lagoon

The Victory Team’s Ahmed Al-Hameli benefited from a superb start to hold second for much of the race until he hit technical trouble and his demise opened the door for Team Sweden’s Jonas Andersson to snatch second spot. Thani and Rashed Al-Qemzi delivered solid performances to reach the finish in third and ninth positions to cap a memorable afternoon for Team Abu Dhabi, with young Rashed claiming his first World Championship points. Poland’s Bartek Marszalek and Chiappe’s team-mate Peter Morin rounded off the top six. But Thani was given a one-lap penalty for jumping the start some minutes after the podium and slipped to sixth and finished fourth in the championship.

 To mark a memorable weekend, Team Abu Dhabi also added the UIM F1 H2O Teams’ Championship title for the first time since 2015 to the UIM Pole Position Trophy earned on Thursday and the prestigious UIM F2 World Championship secured by young Rashed Al-Qemzi in Portugal in October. The last drivers’ title won by the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) had been by Scott Gillman back in 2006, the man who Carella joined in the sport’s all-time Hall of Fame with four world titles.

 Carella said: “It is a very special feeling. I fight this weekend. I wanted to come out with everything. The work of yesterday paid today and it gave me a perfect place to start. When I heard that Philippe was in eight position I knew I did not want to push too much. I was in perfect control of the race. I was just hoping that nothing would happen.”

 Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al-Romaithi and Mohammed Al-Mehairbi finished the final F4-S Trophy race of the season in eighth and ninth positions, but third overall was sufficient for the Victory Team’s Mansoor A-Mansoori to pip Frenchman Jeremy Brisset to the title. Hungarian veteran Rudolf Mihaldinecz led from start-to-finish to pip young Frenchman Tom Chiappe to the overall Grand Prix victory and the race two win. Al-Mehairbi incurred a one-lap penalty for not maintaining his line and duly lost fourth position, although he secured third in the final points’ standings.

 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.

 “We devote this fantastic victory for Team Abu Dhabi to His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, the President of the United Arab Emirates, to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, UAE Vice-President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai and to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces,” said His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan.

 “We also dedicate this success to the Supreme Council members, Rulers of the Emirates, Crown Prince, Ruler’s Deputies and the people of the UAE. It is a terrific achievement to win the world title after 11 years and marks an historic day of celebration for the team in Sharjah. We are also proud that Emirati drivers and growing young talent played a significant contribution to the team’s success in dominating three major disciplines in the championship. This is no mean feat and something we look forward to defending next season.”

 Salem Al-Remeithi added: “Our team deserved the success this year. This is an achievement for the whole UAE and we are proud to have succeeded in the championship. Our team deserves to be number one and can climb on to the podium with pride. To earn the three victories in the Drivers’ Championship, the Teams’ Championship and the Pole Position Trophy is a fantastic achievement by our team.”

 An emotional Cappellini said: “Incredible, incredible. To win the last race in the World Championship is the best possible thing you can do to win the title. We had two boats on the podium (until the lap penalty) and Rashed gains his first ever points. For me, it is one incredible day.”

18th Grand Prix of Sharjah

 Nineteen boats lined up on the pontoon for the 45-lap showdown to decide the outcome of a fascinating World Championship. Sami Selio was not able to start, Shaun Torrente used a spare Moore boat after his morning’s practice crash and Erik Edin fitted a near-standard engine after suffering a failure in the morning. Grant Trask and Duarte Benavente also changed engines and started at the rear of the field.

Carella lined up on the pontoon followed by Stark, Marszalek, Al-Hameli and Chiappe, with Rashed and Thani Al-Qemzi climbing to 10th and 11th. A trouble free start was crucial and the series leader made it safely through the opening turn to maintain his lead although Al-Hameli managed to find a way to overtake Stark and Marszalek to snatch second position Chiappe slipped to eighth and Thani and Rashed Al-Qemzi held fifth and 14th.

 The Team Abu Dhabi driver extended his lead to 3.75 seconds through five laps, as Al-Hameli, Stark, Andersson and Thani Al-Qemzi rounded off the top five. Torrente began his climb through the field and snatched 11th and Rashed Al-Qemzi moved up to 13th, but Chiappe continued to slip further behind and trailed the leader by 24.58sec after eight laps. Francesco Cantando and Matthew Palfreyman (electrical) both retired.

The leaders held station through 13 laps and Carella’s lead edged out to 4.80sec, as Rashed Al-Qemzi moved up to 12th after Torrente withdrew his Moore with engine issues and returned to the pits. The Italian’s lead grew to 7.26sec after 18 laps, as the leading duo gradually pulled clear of Stark, Andersson and Al-Qemzi and Chiappe’s title dream began to fade. Mike Szymura and Cédric Deguisne (engine) joined the growing list of retirements.

 At the halfway point, Carella’s lead was reduced to 3.95sec as he continue to close in and pass the tail enders, but Stark’s brave run ended on lap 29 when the Swede retired with a broken propeller blade and Andersson inherited third behind Carella and Al-Hameli, with Al-Qemzi and Barszalek moving up to fourth and fifth and Chiappe creeping in front of Filip Roms and into sixth before the Finn pulled out on lap 34.

With 10 laps to go, Andersson passed Al-Hameli to snatch second position, but Carella’s lead had grown to 23.68sec. Chiappe continued to climb and he overtook Marszalek to secure fifth and he snatched fourth when Al-Hameli slipped out of contention. 

There were no last minute dramas for Carella and the triumphant Team Abu Dhabi driver reached the chequered flag to secure the world title by the margin of 16.03 seconds, with Andersson, Thani Al-Qemzi and Chiappe rounding off the top four and Rashed Al-Qemzi clinching his first points in ninth. But Thani Al-Qemzi was given a one-lap penalty for a jump start some minutes after the race and slipped to sixth, with Chiappe inheriting third.

Practice

Friday morning’s one-hour practice session marked the last opportunity to get the boat set-up perfect for the race. Several drivers placed more importance on it than others and Marit Strømøy carded the fastest lap of 46.95sec after running 31 tours of the course. Stark was second, but Rashed and Thani Al-Qemzi ran their DACs for just 14 and six laps and were classified in third and eighth positions. Series leader Carella ran at a slow pace for six laps but took no risks on the course.

Selio and Marszalek sat out the session, but Matthew Palfreyman ran for a short time to test out the Dragon before his GP race debut and suffered ongoing engine issues. Grant Trask was towed off the course after stopping with technical woes and a spectacular spin and flip involving Shaun Torrente’s Victory DAC brought out a second yellow flag with 18 minutes of the session to run. Erik Stark also encountered minor electrical issues and was towed back to the pits.

 F4-S – race 2

Rudolf Mihaldinecz nosed ahead of Mohammed Al-Mehairbi and Tom Chiappe at the start pontoon, as title rivals Mansoor Al-Mansoori and Jeremy Brisset started in fifth and fourth positions. The 57-year-old Hungarian began to extend his advantage as Chiappe and Al-Mansoori moved ahead of Al-Mehairbi through the opening turns.

The race developed into a procession for the next few laps until Louise Vella found a way passed Brisset on lap 15 to snatch fifth and the leader began to lap the tail-enders. Mihaldinecz survived a scare on lap 20 to secure victory over Chiappe by the margin of 9.11 seconds and third place was sufficient for Al-Mansoori to claim the world title from Brisset and Al-Mehairbi, but the latter was docked one lap for a lane infringement and Vella moved up to fourth place.

Brisset managed to keep his title hopes alive by taking the wheel of Corentin Guesnel’s Maverick ASV for the final race of the season. It gave the Frenchman the opportunity to try and pip Al-Mansoori to the title – 11 points separated them at the start of the day. Chiappe topped the times in the morning’s practice session in a time of 50.18sec, with Wu Bingchen and Vella in second and third and Al-Mehairbi and Al-Romaithi classified in fifth and eighth.

The timed trials took on extra significance on this occasion. Mihaldinecz spoiled the party with the pole position-winning lap of 50.11sec. Al-Mehairbi slotted into second and Chiappe was third but title rivals Al-Mansoori and Brisset qualified fifth and fourth, respectively.

2017 Grand Prix of Sharjah – race result:

1. Alex Carella (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                                                    45 laps

2. Jonas Andersson (SWE) Team Sweden                                               @16.03sec

3. Philippe Chiappe (FRA) CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team                        @20.06sec        

4. Bartek Marszalak (POL) Blaze F1 Team                                     @20.68sec

5. Peter Morin (FRA) CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team                        @27.36sec

6. Thani Al-Qemzi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                                    L1

7. Grant Trask (AUS) F1 Atlantic Team                                                    L1           

8. Marit Strømøy (NOR) Emirates Racing Team                                      L1

9. Rashed Al-Qemzi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                                    L2 

10. Duarte Benavente (PRT) F1 Atlantic Team                                     L2

11. Erik Edin (SWE) Team Sweden                                                               L2

Ahmed Al-Hameli (UAE) Victory Team                                                     DNF    

Filip Roms (FIN) Mad-Croc Baba Racing Team                                                DNF                               

Erik Stark (SWE) Team Sweden                                                                                DNF

Mike Szymura (DEU) Emirates Racing Team                                                DNF

Cédric Deguisne (FRA) Maverick F1 Team                                     DNF

Shaun Torrente (USA) Victory Team                                                     DNF 

Francesco Cantando (ITA) Blaze F1 Team                                   DNF

Matthew Palfreyman (GBR) Emirates Racing Team                      DNF

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

Béranger Robert (FRA) Maverick F1 Team                                     DNS

 

2017 UIM F1 H2O World Championship – final positions:

1. Alex Carella (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                                                    90pts

2. Philippe Chiappe (FRA) CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team                        71pts

3. Erik Stark (SWE) Team Sweden                                                               49pts   

4. Thani Al-Qemzi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                                    34pts

5. Jonas Andersson (SWE) Team Sweden                                               32pts 

6. Sami Selio (FIN) Mad-Croc Baba Racing Team                                                30pts               

6. Ahmed Al-Hameli (UAE) Victory Team                                                     30pts     

8. Shaun Torrente (USA) Victory Team                                                     28pts  

9. Bartek Marszalak (POL) Blaze F1 Team                                     23pts

10. Marit Strømøy (NOR) Emirates Racing Team                                      21pts

11. Duarte Benavente (PRT) F1 Atlantic Team                                     15pts

12. Peter Morin (FRA) CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team                        12pts

13. Grant Trask (AUS) F1 Atlantic Team                                                    9pts      

14. Filip Roms (FIN) Mad-Croc Baba Racing Team                     8pts

15. Cédric Deguisne (FRA) Maverick F1 Team                                     7pts

16. Mike Szymura (DEU) Emirates Racing Team                                      4pts

17. Francesco Cantando (ITA) Blaze F1 Team                                   2pts

17. Rashed Al-Qemzi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                                    2pts

 

2017 F4-S Trophy – final positions:

1. Mansoor Al-Mansoori (UAE) Victory Team                                     116pts 

2. Jeremy Brisset (FRA) F1 Atlantic Team                                                   100pts 

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

4. Louise Vella (AUS) Team Sweden                                                                82pts

5. Rudolf Mihaldinecz (HUN) Mad-Croc Baba Racing Team                56pts

6. Wu Bingchen (CHN) CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team                                54pts               

7. Corentin Guesnel (FRA) Maverick F1                                              40pts                                                                                

8. Tom Chiappe (FRA) Emirates Racing Team                                      35pts

9. Kalle Viippo (FIN) Mad-Croc Baba Racing Team                     29pts

10. Mohamed Al-Matlae (UAE) Victory Team                                     17pts  

11. Mohamed Al-Yamahi (UAE) Victory Team                                    16pts                                    

12. Sebastien Haugaard (SWE) Team Sweden                                               15pts                    

13. Rashed Al-Romaithi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                                    11pts 

14. Damon Cohen (AUS) Blaze Performance                                                8pts

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STUNNING LAST LAP GIVES TEAM ABU DHABI’S CARELLA POLE POSITION IN CRUCIAL QUALIFYING SESSION IN SHARJAH

 Team Abu Dhabi’s Carella clinches 2017 UIM F1 H2O Pole Position Trophy

Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed and Thani Al-Qemzi qualify in 11th and 12th positions

Philippe Chiappe to start final race from fifth; Team Sweden’s Stark in second

SHARJAH (UAE): Thursday, December 14:  Team Abu Dhabi’s Alex Carella and Philippe Chiappe of the CTIC Shenzhen China Team, qualified in pole and fifth positions for the 18th Grand Prix of Sharjah on Khaled Lagoon on Thursday afternoon.

 The UIM F1 H20 World Championship rivals are separated by 11 points in the title race and, in a nail-biting qualifying session, the three-time World Champions slugged it out for fractions of a second to give them the psychological advantage heading into what promises to be a pulsating finale on Friday. Carella’s pole success also meant he pipped both Chiappe and Team Sweden’s Erik Stark to claim the UIM F1 H2O Pole Position Trophy.

 Carella said: “I don’t think about Philippe out there on the water. I think about my team. I wanted to give the maximum. I want to close the championship in the best way possible. I am so happy for this. I did everything I could. I want to finish as the champion by winning the race. After my first lap, I hear my radioman say ‘still go, still go’ and I think from buoy four to buoy one I don’t even feel the boat under my body. I fly and fly and it was close because Erik did a fantastic time. This was one of the most important pole positions ever for me.”

 Stark will shadow the Italian from the pontoon on Friday after finishing second and Poland’s Bartek Marszalek rounded off the podium with a stunning result – the first podium of his career. The Victory Team’s Ahmed Al-Hameli qualified fourth, Chiappe was fifth and Team Sweden’s Jonas Andersson rounded off the top six. Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed and Thani Al-Qemzi qualified in 11th and 12th positions after being eliminated in Q2.

 Team Abu Dhabi’s Mohammed Al-Mehairbi and Rashed Al-Romaithi finished the first of the F4-S races in fifth and ninth positions in a race where young Frenchman Tom Chiappe claimed his first ever win and Victory Team’s Mansoor A-Mansoori moved to within one point of claiming the title with one race to run unless Jeremy Brisset finds a way to take part in the race after his heavy crash on Wednesday.

 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.

 “The team have worked very good this week but the important thing is the flag tomorrow on the last lap,” said Cappellini. “Now, for Alex, it is more simple to stay in front and more easy to start from the front without the traffic behind. I pray to not have any mechanical problems or stupid little problem that could cost us the World Championship. I hope Insha’allah for tomorrow.

 BRM Qualifying

 Nineteen of the 21 entrants lined up on the start pontoon for the three qualifying sessions. Maverick Racing’s Béranger Robert missed out with the team down to just one boat and Matthew Palfreyman’s team changed the Dragon boat’s fuel pump to rectify issues from the morning’s practice but an electrical problem with the radio sidelined the Englishman at the 11th hour. Victory Team drivers, Shaun Torrente and Ahmed Al-Hameli, switched to a DAC and BABA for their respective qualifying stints after a successful test in Dubai this week.

 Seven of the 19 would be eliminated in Q1 as the wind strengthened slightly. Chiappe leapt to the top of the early standings with a lap of 48.20sec only to be passed by Torrente and Filip Roms with 13 of the 20 minutes remaining. Carella eventually topped the times in the session with a flying tour of 47.36sec, as Rashed and Thani Al-Qemzi were classified in ninth and 12thpositions. Cédric Deguisne, Erik Edin, Duarte Benavente, Grant Trask, Mike Szymura, Francesco Cantando and Sami Selio were eliminated to leave 12 boats set for Q2, with Selio complaining of a wrong propeller choice. One second separated the top 11 drivers.

 Six drivers would miss out on the six-boat Q3 shoot-out after the 15 minutes of Q2. Andersson laid down the early gauntlet with a lap of 47.56sec and that was soon surpassed by Carella’s lap of 47.25sec and Chiappe’s 47.23sec tour. Stark made it safely through with an even quicker run of 47.14sec, but Carella won the session with a best time of 46.81sec. Thani and Rashed Al-Qemzi, Peter Morin, Filip Roms, Marit Strømøy and Torrente were eliminated.

 Ahmed Al-Hameli was the first driver to post a target time in Q3 as the light began to fade. He carded a 45.87sec opener and was not able to match that on his second run. Andersson was next up and fell short with a first tour of 46.15sec before aborting his second attempt and that opened the door for Chiappe to stake his claim on pole position.

 The defending World Champion opened with a 46.13sec and was not able to improve on his second run and fell short of grabbing pole on a race he must win. Stark opened his account with a pole-setting time of 45.27sec and that was quicker than his second lap, but Marszalek and Carella still had their chance.

 The Pole discounted his opening lap and then leapt into second position with a stunning second run of 45.75sec. Carella opened with a lap of 45.32sec to move into second and snatched pole with a dramatic and memorable last lap of 45.01sec.

 Practice

 A mere 0.90 seconds separated the top nine drivers in the morning’s one-hour practice. The bragging rights swapped and changed throughout the session, with Stark, Rashed Al-Qemzi, Carella and Chiappe all topping the times until Marszalek snatched the fastest time literally seconds from the end.

 Mike Szymura managed to acquire an engine to enable him to take part in the session where the fastest lap of 45.88sec fell to Bartek Marszalek. Stark (45.97sec) and Chiappe (46.28sec) were second and third and Carella, Rashed and Thani Al-Qemzi settled into fifth, sixth and 10th positions.  Neither of the Maverick drivers took to the water.

 F4-S – race 1

 Tom Chiappe led Rudolf Mihaldinecz and Wu Bingchen into the 22-lap race from lights out and the triple World Champion’s son began to pull away from his rivals and built up a useful lead as Mihaldinecz gave chase. Louise Vella began to slip down the running order as the processional race progressed and Al-Mansoori consolidated fourth position from Wu Bingchen.

 The leading duo began to pull away and Chiappe reached the chequered flag 3.36 seconds second clear of the veteran Hungarian to claim a first ever F4-S Trophy win. Wu Bingchen finished third, Al-Mansoori claimed vital points for fourth and Team Abu Dhabi’s Mohammed Al-Mehairbi kept his slim title hopes alive with fifth place. Vella finished seventh and Al-Romaithi was ninth.

 Jeremy Brisset crashed heavily in Wednesday afternoon’s free practice, suffered a cut to his leg that needed medical treatment and only managed four laps in a session that was won by Vella from Al-Mehairbi and young Chiappe. It meant the Frenchman was forced to miss the rest of the day’s action. 

 Chiappe dominated the morning’s practice session with a lap of 50.04sec from Al-Mansoori and Mihaldinecz, as Vella clipped a turn buoy and finished fourth and Brisset sat out the stint. Al-Mehairbi and Al-Romaithi were sixth and ninth. Chiappe went on to earn pole position in the timed trials with a lap of 49.76sec, as Mihaldinecz and Wu Bingchen completed the top three positions and the Team Abu Dhabi duo of Al-Mehairbi and Al-Romaithi qualified in fifth and ninth.

 Further F4-S practice and timed trials are planned for Friday morning, before a second practice session for the F1 boats and the final F4-S race of the season at 14.30hrs. The 2017 Grand Prix of Sharjah and the climax to a thrilling season fires into life at 16.00hrs.

 2017 Grand Prix of Sharjah – BRM Qualifying:

Q3

1. Alex Carella (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                                                    45.01sec

2. Erik Stark (SWE) Team Sweden                                                               45.27sec

3. Bartek Marszalak (POL) Blaze F1 Team                                     45.75sec

4. Ahmed Al-Hameli (UAE) Victory Team                                                     45.87sec     

5. Philippe Chiappe (FRA) CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team                        46.13sec             

6. Jonas Andersson (SWE) Team Sweden                                               46.15sec

Q2

7. Marit Strømøy (NOR) Emirates Racing Team                                      47.34sec

8. Filip Roms (FIN) Mad-Croc Baba Racing Team                                                47.38sec                        

9. Shaun Torrente (USA) Victory Team                                                     47.83sec 

10. Peter Morin (FRA) CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team                        47.94sec

11. Rashed Al-Qemzi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                                    48.02sec 

12. Thani Al-Qemzi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                                    48.13sec

Q1

13. Sami Selio (FIN) Mad-Croc Baba Racing Team                     48.55sec

14. Erik Edin (SWE) Team Sweden                                                               49.19sec

15. Cédric Deguisne (FRA) Maverick F1 Team                                     49.40sec

16. Mike Szymura (DEU) Emirates Racing Team                                      49.42sec

17. Grant Trask (AUS) F1 Atlantic Team                                                    50.22sec             

18. Duarte Benavente (PRT) F1 Atlantic Team                                     50.25sec

19. Francesco Cantando (ITA) Blaze F1 Team                                   54.23sec

Matthew Palfreyman (GBR) Emirates Racing Team                      DNS

Béranger Robert (FRA) Maverick F1 Team                                     DNS

 

2017 UIM F1 H2O Pole Position Trophy – final positions:

1. Alex Carella (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                                                           79pts 

2. Erik Stark (SWE) Team Sweden                                                               69pts    

3. Philippe Chiappe (FRA) CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team                        65pts    

4. Ahmed Al-Hameli (UAE) Victory Team                                                                58pts  

5. Shaun Torrente (USA) Victory Team                                                     38pts  

6. Thani Al-Qemzi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                                    24pts

6. Marit Stromoy (NOR) EMIC Racing Team                                     24pts

8. Sami Selio (FIN) Mad Croc Baba Racing                                   12pts               

8. Bartek Marszalak (POL) Blaze F1 Team                                     12pts

10. Grant Trask (AUS) F1 Atlantic Team                                                    7pts      

11. Jonas Andersson (SWE) Team Sweden                                               5pts

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

 

2017 F4-S Trophy – latest positions:

1. Mansoor Al-Mansoori (UAE) Victory Team                                     104pts 

2. Jeremy Brisset (FRA) F1 Atlantic Team                                                   93pts    

3. Mohammed Al-Mehairbi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                      84pts                          

4. Louise Vella (AUS) Team Sweden                                                                73pts 

5. Wu Bingchen (CHN) CTIC F1 China Team                                     49pts               

6. Corentin Guesnel (FRA) Maverick F1                                              40pts                                                                                

7. Rudolf Mihaldinecz (HUN) Mad-Croc Baba Racing Team                36pts

8. Kalle Viippo (FIN) Mad Croc Baba Racing Team                     29pts

9. Tom Chiappe (FRA) Emirates Racing Team                                      20pts

10. Mohamed Al-Yamahi (UAE) Victory Team                                    16pts                                    

11. Sebastien Haugaard (SWE) Team Sweden                                               15pts                    

12. Mohamed Al-Matlae (UAE) Victory Team                                     13pts  

13. Damon Cohen (AUS) Blaze Performance                                                8pts

13. Rashed Al-Romaithi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                                    8pts 

Timetable of events

Friday, December 15

09.10-09.30                F4 free practice

09.40-10.00                F4 time trials

10.15-11.15                F1 free practice

14.30                     F4 race 2

16.00                     18th Grand Prix of Sharjah

 

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TENSION MOUNTS AS SHARJAH SHOOT-OUT NEARS WITH CHIAPPE AND STRØMØY PIPPING TEAM ABU DHABI’S RASHED AL-QEMZI TO FASTEST TIME IN

Carella, Chiappe, Stark and Al-Hameli to decide UIM F1 H2O Pole Position Trophy

  BRM Qualifying gets underway on Khaled Lagoon on Thursday afternoon

 

SHARJAH (UAE): Wednesday, December 13:  Competitors got their first taste of the 2.057km race course on Sharjah’s Khaled Lagoon during a free 90-minute practice session on Wednesday afternoon.

Team Abu Dhabi’s three-time World Champion Alex Carella needs a podium finish in Friday’s race to guarantee a fourth world title and he ran his DAC for 14 laps, carding a best of 48.51sec to slot into seventh place. Victory in the session went to a tying Norwegian Marit Strømøy and Carella’s arch rival Philippe Chiappe with a best tour of 47.70sec apiece. A mere 0.81 seconds separated the top seven drivers as the pressure and excitement begins to mount in advance of the weekend’s showdown between Carella and Chiappe of the CTIC Shenzhen China Team for the World Championship.

Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed and Thani Al-Qemzi will play a vital supporting role this weekend and a top seven performance for either of the Emirati drivers will confirm the UIM Teams’ World Championship heads back to the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sport’s Club (ADIMSC) for the first time since 2015.

The duo ran for 16 and four laps and carded best times of 48.21sec and 49.95sec to slot into third and 11th positions. Thani Al-Qemzi was the first driver to post a sub 50-second lap of 49.95sec eight minutes into a session that was held in bright and breezy conditions. There were also some fast lap times for Chiappe’s team-mate Peter Morin, the Victory Team’s Shaun Torrente and Team Sweden’s Erik Stark.

 After burning the midnight oil to repair their boats after various misdemeanours and technical issues in Abu Dhabi, Sami Selio, Matthew Palfreyman, Erik Edin and Bartek Marszalek were all authorised to race and Maverick Racing’s Cédric Deguisne was granted a reprieve after his card penalty last week. Twenty-one boats are, therefore, expected to line-up for the weekend’s race, but five missed out on the extra free practice session and Selio lost his cowling.

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.

 Race officials organised a pre-race press conference at the Sharjah Hilton on Wednesday morning. His Excellency Khalid Al-Midfa (Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority), Hassan Al-Zaabi (Sharjah International Marine Sports Club) and young aquabike racer Sultan Al-Hammadi were joined by H2O Racing’s Nicolo di San Germano and leading drivers, Alex Carella, Philippe Chiappe and Erik Stark.

 Di San Germano spoke fondly about the 18-year history of an event that joined the calendar in 2000 and has seen six different winners in the last six years and eight in the last nine. “The 18 years of Sharjah has been a fantastic period of my life and in the history of the UIM F1 H2O World Championship,” said Di San Germano.

 Carella, who has earned two wins and three podiums this season, said: “It is going to be a fantastic battle with Philippe. Looking at the points is a dangerous strategy. I just have to go out there and try and win the race. It will be a big fight until Friday night and me and my team need to be very concentrated.”

 The first of the weekend’s championship titles to be decided will be the UIM F1 H2O Pole Position Trophy. Carella goes into Thursday’s BRM Qualifying with a one-point advantage over Chiappe. Stark is a further four points adrift and Ahmed Al-Hameli trails the Italian by 10 points and still has a chance of winning the trophy.

 F4-S practice and timed trials precede official F1 practice on Thursday morning and BRM qualifying takes place from 15.30hrs after the first of the two F4-S races (14.30hrs).

 

2017 Grand Prix of Sharjah – free practice times (Wednesday):

1. Philippe Chiappe (FRA) CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team                        47.70sec             

1. Marit Strømøy (NOR) Emirates Racing Team                                      47.70sec

3. Rashed Al-Qemzi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                                    48.21sec 

4. Peter Morin (FRA) CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team                        48.28sec

5. Shaun Torrente (USA) Victory Team                                                     48.33sec 

6. Erik Stark (SWE) Team Sweden                                                                48.42sec

7. Alex Carella (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                                                    48.51sec

8. Duarte Benavente (PRT) F1 Atlantic Team                                     49.39sec

9. Sami Selio (FIN) Mad-Croc Baba Racing Team                                                49.58sec

10. Jonas Andersson (SWE) Team Sweden                                               49.70sec

11. Thani Al-Qemzi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                                    49.95sec

12. Ahmed Al-Hameli (UAE) Victory Team                                     50.22sec     

13. Erik Edin (SWE) Team Sweden                                                                50.55sec

14. Filip Roms (FIN) Mad-Croc Baba Racing Team                     50.89sec                        

15. Francesco Cantando (ITA) Blaze F1 Team                                   52.67sec

16. Grant Trask (AUS) F1 Atlantic Team                                                     1min 01.59sec              

Bartek Marszalak (POL) Blaze F1 Team                                                     DNS

Mike Szymura (DEU) Emirates Racing Team                                      DNS

Béranger Robert (FRA) Maverick F1 Team                                     DNS

Cédric Deguisne (FRA) Maverick F1 Team                                     DNS

Matthew Palfreyman (GBR) Emirates Racing Team                      DNS

Timetable of events

Thursday, December 14

09.00-09.20                F4 free practice

09.30-09.50                F4 time trials

10.15-11.15                F1 free practice

14.30                     F4 race 1

15.30                                 BRM F1 qualifying

 

Friday, December 15

09.10-09.30                F4 free practice

09.40-10.00                F4 time trials

10.15-11.15                F1 free practice

14.30                     F4 race 2

16.00                     18th Grand Prix of Sharjah

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CARELLA AND CHIAPPE SET FOR SHARJAH SHOOT-OUT AS TEAM ABU DHABI ALSO AIMS TO WRAP UP TEAMS’ TITLE

 Team Abu Dhabi needs four points to regain UIM Teams’ Championship 

Team Abu Dhabi’s Al-Mehairbi aims to end F4-S season on winning note

 SHARJAH (UAE): Monday, December 11: Team Abu Dhabi’s Alex Carella and Philippe Chiappe of the CTIC Shenzhen China Team are both triple World Champions and they go head-to-head in Friday’s Grand Prix of Sharjah showdown to determine who joins American Scott Gillman in the UIM F1 H2O World Championship’s Hall of Fame with four titles.

 The scene is set for an epic contest on Khaled Lagoon, as Carella’s lead in the championship standings was pegged back to just 11 points by Chiappe’s win in Abu Dhabi last weekend. If Carella finishes inside the top three, he is the champion regardless of whether the Frenchman wins the race. Should Chiappe – winner here in 2014 - finish second, sixth place would be sufficient for Carella to snatch the title.

 If Chiappe were to finish third, the Italian would only need to cross the line in ninth overall to secure the two points he needs to take the crown for the first time since 2013. A finish outside the top three for Chiappe would hand Carella the title regardless of the Italian’s progress.

 But recent F1 H2O races have been nervy experiences for all the drivers and, with a 19-boat line-up expected this weekend, at least eight of those drivers are more than capable of springing a surprise and turning the formbook upside down.

 There is also the small matter of the prestigious UIM Teams’ Championship to fight for: Team Abu Dhabi arrives at Khaled Lagoon with a 33-point advantage over Team Sweden and a 35-point lead over Chiappe’s Chinese team. Three points for Carella or Thani and Rashed Al-Qemzi would ensure that the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) earned the title. Thani and Rashed Al-Qemzi have both played a vital role in the team’s success this season.

 Carella, who won this race in 2013, said: “It’s going to a big fight, for sure, and I guess we are going to have to drive flat out to ensure we get the points to win the title. The team is ready, I am focused and I know that winning the championship for the fourth time is in my hands.”

 Other drivers will be out to spoil the local party. The Victory Team’s Ahmed Al-Hameli (winner here in 2010 and 2011) and last year’s winner Shaun Torrente have nothing to lose and are sure to adopt a flat-out strategy to try and win the last race of the year. Norwegian Marit Stromoy was in superb form last weekend at the Abu Dhabi Breakwater and is a former winner (2015) on Khaled Lagoon. Team Sweden’s Erik Stark cannot now challenge for the title and he and team-mate Jonas Andersson will also be pushing hard for the win.

 Sami Selio has been advised on medical grounds to give the race a miss - after his pair of Abu Dhabi crashes - but the Finnish double World Champion will be determined to find a way to race. The likes of Poland’s Bartek Marszalek and Grant Trask ran well in Abu Dhabi and could threaten the top five this weekend. A red card for alleged dangerous driving has sidelined Cédric Deguisne, while Matthew Palfreyman’s Spirit of Wales team is racing against the clock to repair a damaged Dragon boat to enable the Liverpudlian to claim his first Grand Prix start.

 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 holds third in the UIM F4-S Trophy standings and is only 18 points behind series leader Mansoor Al-Mansoori of the Victory Team. With two races set to be staged this weekend, there are 40 points at stake and the Emirati will be hoping to keep his title challenge alive after the first of those races on Thursday afternoon. Frenchman Jeremy Brisset trails Al-Mansoori by two points and 16-year-old Australian Louise Vella can still lift the title from fourth in the standings.

 On-water action organised by the UAE Marine Sports Federation gets underway on the 2.057km course with free practice on Khaled Lagoon from 15.00hrs on Wednesday afternoon. F4-S practice and timed trials precede official F1 practice on Thursday morning and BRM qualifying takes place from 15.30hrs after the first of the two F4-S races (14.30hrs).

 Further F4-S practice and timed trials are planned for Friday morning, before a second practice session for the F1 boats and the final F4-S race of the season at 14.30hrs. The 2017 Grand Prix of Sharjah fires into life at 16.00hrs.

 2017 UIM F1 H2O World Championship – positions after round 5:

1. Alex Carella (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi 70pts

2. Philippe Chiappe (FRA) CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team 59pts

3. Erik Stark (SWE) Team Sweden 49pts

4. Sami Selio (FIN) Mad Croc Baba Racing 30pts

4. Ahmed Al-Hameli (UAE) Victory Team 30pts

6. Thani Al-Qemzi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi 29pts

7. Shaun Torrente (USA) Victory Team 28pts

8. Marit Stromoy (NOR) 18pts

9. Jonas Andersson (SWE) Team Sweden 17pts

10. Duarte Benavente (PRT) F1 Atlantic Team 14pts

10. Bartek Marszalak (POL) Blaze Performance Team 14pts

 2017 UIM F1 H2O Pole Position Trophy – latest positions:

1. Alex Carella (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi 59pts

2. Philippe Chiappe (FRA) CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team 58pts

3. Erik Stark (SWE) Team Sweden 54pts

4. Ahmed Al-Hameli (UAE) Victory Team 49pts

5. Shaun Torrente (USA) Victory Team 38pts

6. Thani Al-Qemzi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi 24pts

6. Marit Stromoy (NOR) EMIC Racing Team 24pts

8. Sami Selio (FIN) Mad Croc Baba Racing 17pts

9. Grant Trask (AUS) F1 Atlantic Team 7pts

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

10. Jonas Andersson (SWE) Team Sweden 5pts

 2017 F4-S Trophy – latest positions:

1. Mansoor Al-Mansoori (UAE) Victory Team 95pts

2. Jeremy Brisset (FRA) F1 Atlantic Team 93pts

3. Mohammed Al-Mehairbi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi 77pts

4. Louise Vella (AUS) Team Sweden 69pts

5. Corentin Guesnel (FRA) Maverick F1 37pts

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

7. Kalle Viippo (FIN) Mad Croc Baba Racing Team 29pts

8. Rudolf Mihaldinecz (HUN) Mad-Croc Baba Racing Team 21pts

9. Mohamed Al-Yamahi (UAE) Victory Team 16pts

10. Sebastien Haugaard (SWE) Team Sweden 15pts

11. Damon Cohen (AUS) Blaze Performance 8pts

11. Mohamed Al-Matlae (UAE) Victory Team 8pts

13. Rashed Al-Romaithi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi 6pts

Tom Chiappe (FRA) Emirates Racing Team 0pt

Timetable of events

Wednesday, December 13
10.00-17.00 Technical scrutineering

15.00-17.00 Extra free practice

 Thursday, December 14

09.00-09.20 F4 free practice

09.30-09.50 F4 time trials

10.15-11.15 F1 free practice

14.30 F4 race 1

15.30 BRM F1 qualifying

 Friday, December 15
09.10-09.30 F4 free practice

09.40-10.00 F4 time trials

10.15-11.15 F1 free practice

14.30 F4 race 2

16.00 Grand Prix of Sharjah

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TEAM ABU DHABI’S CARELLA SET FOR SHARJAH SHOWDOWN WITH CHIAPPE AFTER FRENCHMAN WINS IN ABU DHABI

Team Abu Dhabi’s Thani and Rashed Al-Qemzi finish seventh and 12th overall

Team Abu Dhabi holds lead over Team Sweden and CTIC Shenzhen China Team heading to final race

Team Abu Dhabi’s Al-Mehairbi maintains third in F4-S; start-to-finish win for Brisset

 ABU DHABI (UAE): Friday, December 8:  Team Abu Dhabi’s Alex Carella will have to wait until next weekend’s Grand Prix of Sharjah to make his final push for a fourth UIM F1 H2O World Championship title after finishing third in a scintillating 25th Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi off the Abu Dhabi Breakwater on Friday afternoon.

 Triple World Champion Philippe Chiappe of the CTIC Shenzhen China Team didn’t read the Team Abu Dhabi script correctly and the wily Frenchman delivered a stunning start-to-finish victory to reduce the Italian’s lead to 11 points with 20 points at stake for a win next week and 15 for second place. It means Carella will need to finish third or higher to claim his crown if Chiappe manages to win the race.

 Norwegian Marit Stromoy missed out on her second ever Grand Prix victory by just 2.37 seconds, but it was a stunning drive by the only female in the championship. Team Sweden’s Erik Stark ceded another five points to Carella with fifth place and cannot catch now the Team Abu Dhabi driver at the final round. Victory Team’s Shaun Torrente finished fourth and Team Sweden’s Jonas Andersson rounded off the top six.

 The result means that Carella and Chiappe will go head-to-head on Khaled Lagoon and the pair will also be working closely with their respective teams to try and clinch the UIM Teams’ Championship. Team Abu Dhabi currently holds a 33-point advantage over Team Sweden and 35 points over the CTIC Shenzhen China Team.

 Carella said: “I am quite happy with this performance actually. It was a tough race. I did what I could. I pushed and closed the gap to Marit many times but it was just too risky. I think we really have to push at the maximum next week.”

 Team Abu Dhabi’s Thani and Rashed Al-Qemzi were closely matched throughout the race and had differing fortunes at the finish. Thani reached the chequered flag in seventh position, but fuel pump problems plagued Rashed’s DAC on the final couple of laps and he slipped from 10th to 12th. “It was disappointing for me,” said Rashed. “I pushed hard and was in 10th, then I had this fuel pump problem and it cost me two places.”

 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.

 Cappellini said: “We are happy because we scored points and Erik (Stark) is now out of contention. It’s just Chiappe and Alex now. But it is very important that we win the Teams’ Championship and we will work hard for that. In case Chiappe wins the race next week and his second driver arrives second, it will give them the same points as us. We need just one point to beat them and three to beat Team Sweden. So this title is very near.”

 Team Abu Dhabi’s Mohammed Al-Mehairbi maintained third in the UIM F4-S Trophy standings after finishing fifth in the second of the 18-lap Abu Dhabi races. Jeremy Brisset led from start-to-finish to move within two points of series leader and race runner-up Mansoor Al-Mansoori of Dubai’s Victory Team. Rashed Al-Romaithi finished ninth in the second of the host team’s boats.

 His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Sultan bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan, His Highness Zayed bin Tanoun bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, Hureiz bin Hureiz (Chairman of the UAE Marine Sports Federation), Ahmed Ibrahim (Vice-Chairman of the UAE Marine Sports Federation), Telal Al-Hashimi (Abu Dhabi Sports Council), Nicolo di San Germano (H2O Racing), Salem Al-Remeithi of the ADIMSC and Ni Jian (Chinese Ambassador to the UAE) presented the trophies on the podium.

 His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan attended the podium ceremony on Thursday afternoon.

 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi

 With technical issues sidelining a disappointed Bartek Marszalek, Matthew Palfreyman and Erik Edin, only 18 boats lined up the starting pontoon for the 52-lap race and engine changes forced Mike Szymura and Sami Selio to the bottom of the running order. As a result, Rashed and Thani Al-Qemzi started from seventh and 13th.

 

Chiappe led into the first turn buoy from Stromoy, Carella, Torrente and Stark, but the race was yellow flagged when Sami Selio and Cedric Deguisne came together spectacularly at turn five near the beach area of the race course. Selio’s BABA ended up inverted in the water and the double World Champion’s miserable season reached a new low.

Racing resumed on lap six and the leading five boats held station with Chiappe extending his advantage to 2.69 seconds through lap eight and Thani and Rashed Al-Qemzi held 10th and 11th places. The Frenchman’s lead over Stromoy grew to 5.87 seconds after 12 laps, as Carella, Torrente and Stark maintained their top five positions and Thani Al-Qemzi moved ahead of Ahmed Al-Hameli to snatch ninth.

But Stromoy was in superb form and began to reduce Chiappe’s lead as the leader began to catch some tail-enders. Both Mike Szymura and Amaury Jousseaume retired and the field had already been reduced to just 14 boats before lap 15. Chiappe regained a second of his advantage into lap 18, but Francesco Cantando and Duarte Benevente also left the fray and the field was whittled down to just 12. The leader had lapped everyone to 10th position by the time he reached lap 24, as Carella, Thani and Rashed Al-Qemzi maintained third, ninth and 11th

 By the halfway point, after 26 laps, the top five was unchanged and the leaders settled into a high-speed procession through the middle of the race as cloud cover reduced air temperatures in fading light over the race course. Rashed Al-Qemzi managed to find a way to overtake Al-Hameli and climbed into the top 10 and Thani Al-Qemzi moved in front of Filip Roms to snatch eighth.

 Chiappe maintained his composure and benefited from a lighter fuel load to maintain his lead over the pursuing Norwegian and the series leader. The Frenchman reached the chequered flag to claim a deserved win and managed to close the gap on Carella to 11 points. Stromoy rounded off a stunning weekend with second position and Stark maintained his title push with fifth place behind Victory Team’s Shaun Torrente. Thani and Rashed Al-Qemzi finished seventh and 12th, but Peter Morin dropped down to ninth in the final minutes.

Deguisne was later red-carded for dangerous driving after his collision with Selio and will miss the final race of the season.

Practice

 Stromoy won the morning’s practice session with a fastest lap of 44.61sec, but a worrying fuel-related issue sidelined Marszalek and a technical issue forced Palfreyman’s to withdraw his Dragon boat after just four laps.

Carella and Rashed and Thani Al-Qemzi ran for 12, 21 and 16 laps respectively and were classified in second, ninth and 10th positions. Sami Selio switched to his shorter BABA after the crash on Thursday and recorded the third fastest lap of 45.22sec.

 

F4-S – race 2

 

Jeremy Brisset, Louise Vella and Mansoor Al-Mansoori became embroiled in a three-way tussle through the opening couple of turns and then the pole-sitting Frenchman began to edge clear and Al-Mansoori found a way to overtake the young Australia rookie. The trio held station for the next few laps, as veteran Hungarian Rudolf Mihaldinecz overtook Mohammed Al-Mehairbi to snatch fourth and began to close in on Vella.

The duo belied their 41-year age difference and fought out a gripping tussle through the next few laps, only for the Hungarian to use his experience to snatch third place as the race progressed. As Brisset headed off into the distance to reach the chequered flag 5.47 seconds clear of Al-Mansoori, Mihaldinecz held on to maintain third from Vella, Al-Mehairbi and Mohamed Al-Matlae. Al-Romaithi was ninth.

 Brisset began the day well with the fastest lap of 1in 01.07sec in the morning’s free practice session that preceded the timed trials. He ran for seven laps and was 0.62 seconds quicker than Vella. Al-Mehairbi was classified in fifth behind the Victory Team duo of Al-Mansoori and Al-Matlae and Al-Romaithi was ninth.

The Frenchman continued his good form to claim pole position with a lap of 1min 01.67sec with Vella qualifying in second place ahead of Al-Mansoori and Al-Mehairbi. Al-Romaithi lined up in seventh.

 Attention now switches to the final round of the series on Khaled Lagoon in Sharjah next weekend.

 

2017 UIM F1 H2O World Championship – result:

1. Philippe Chiappe (FRA) CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team                        52 laps 

2. Marit Stromoy (NOR) Emirates Racing Team                                      @2.37sec

3. Alex Carella (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                                                    @9.51sec

4. Shaun Torrente (USA) Victory Team                                                     @18.01sec 

5. Erik Stark (SWE) Team Sweden                                                               @26.76sec

6. Jonas Andersson (SWE) Team Sweden                                               @44.65sec

7. Thani Al-Qemzi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                                    1 lap behind

8. Filip Roms (FIN) Mad-Croc Baba Racing                                   1 lap behind                

9. Peter Morin (FRA) CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team                        2 laps behind

10. Grant Trask (AUS) F1 Atlantic Team                                                    2 laps behind

11. Ahmed Al-Hameli (UAE) Victory Team                                     3 laps behind     

12. Rashed Al-Qemzi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                                    3 laps behind 

Francesco Cantando (ITA) Blaze F1 Team                                   RET

Duarte Benavente (PRT) F1 Atlantic Team                                     RET

Mike Szymura (DEU) Emirates Racing Team                                      RET

Amaury Jousseaume (FRA) Maverick F1 Team                                               RET

Cédric Deguisne (FRA) Maverick F1 Team                                     RET

Sami Selio (FIN) Mad-Croc Baba Racing                                                   RET

Bartek Marszalak (POL) Blaze F1 Team                                                     DNS

Matthew Palfreyman (GBR) Emirates Racing Team                      DNS

Erik Edin (SWE) Team Sweden                                                                   DNS

 

2017 UIM F1 H2O World Championship – positions after round 5:

1. Alex Carella (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                                                    70pts   

2. Philippe Chiappe (FRA) CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team                        59pts    

3. Erik Stark (SWE) Team Sweden                                                               49pts   

4. Sami Selio (FIN) Mad Croc Baba Racing                                   30pts               

4. Ahmed Al-Hameli (UAE) Victory Team                                                     30pts     

6. Thani Al-Qemzi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                                    29pts 

7. Shaun Torrente (USA) Victory Team                                                     28pts  

8. Marit Stromoy (NOR)                Emirates Racing Team                                   18pts

9. Jonas Andersson (SWE) Team Sweden                                               17pts  

10. Duarte Benavente (PRT) F1 Atlantic Team                                     14pts

10. Bartek Marszalak (POL) Blaze Performance Team                     14pts

 

2017 F4-S Trophy – latest positions:

1. Mansoor Al-Mansoori (UAE) Victory Team                                     95pts    

2. Jeremy Brisset (FRA) F1 Atlantic Team                                                   93pts    

3. Mohammed Al-Mehairbi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                      77pts                          

4. Louise Vella (AUS) Team Sweden                                                                69pts 

5. Corentin Guesnel (FRA) Maverick F1                                              37pts                                                                                

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

7. Kalle Viippo (FIN) Mad Croc Baba Racing Team                     29pts

8. Rudolf Mihaldinecz (HUN) Mad-Croc Baba Racing Team                21pts

9. Mohamed Al-Yamahi (UAE) Victory Team                                    16pts                                    

10. Sebastien Haugaard (SWE) Team Sweden                                               15pts                    

11. Damon Cohen (AUS) Blaze Performance                                                8pts

11. Mohamed Al-Matlae (UAE) Victory Team                                     8pts  

13. Rashed Al-Romaithi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                                    6pts 

Tom Chiappe (FRA) Emirates Racing Team                                      0pt

 

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TEAM ABU DHABI’S CARELLA TO START CRUCIAL HOME RACE FROM THIRD AS CHIAPPE PIPS STROMOY TO POLE POSITION

Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed and Thani Al-Qemzi qualify in eighth and 15th positions

·  Team Abu Dhabi’s Al-Mehairbi holds third in F4-S Trophy after podium finish; Al-Mansoori wins

 

ABU DHABI (UAE): Thursday, December 7:  Team Abu Dhabi’s Alex Carella qualified in third position for Friday’s Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi, the penultimate round of the 2017 UIM F1 H2O World Championship, where outright victory would confirm the Italian’s fourth world title and put him in joint second position alongside former Team Abu Dhabi driver Scott Gillman in the sport’s Hall of Fame.

 Carella posted a fastest lap of 43.02sec in a nail biting qualifying session off the Abu Dhabi Breakwater, where several drivers battled for fractions of a second to gain a crucial advantage to take into the 25th race to be hosted by the Abu Dhabi International Sports Club (ADIMSC) since the start of the 1993 season.

Triple World Champion Philippe Chiappe of the CTIC Shenzhen China Team left it until his last lap to register a winning time of 42.83sec and deprived a flying Norwegian Marit Stromoy of a second career pole position. Eight-tenths of a second separated the top six with Victory Team’s Shaun Torrente finishing fourth, ahead of Carella’s closest title rival Erik Stark and Emirati Ahmed Al-Hameli.

 Carella said: “It was not the best qualifying for me. We made some mistakes. I got a bit lost in my rhythm on my best lap. I guess I am ahead of Erik, but I am behind Philippe now. That is not perfect, but it will be a long and difficult race with this water. Marit is a very good driver and I am pleased for her that she delivered such a great performance.”

 Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al-Qemzi belied his lack of F1 experience to set some scintillating lap times and was rewarded with eighth place on the pontoon for Friday’s race. “I am very happy with that and am trying to push harder for the future. I was inside the top six until near the end, but I could not find any clear water to set a faster time. I will try to push hard in the race.”                    

Thani Al-Qemzi blotted his copybook early in the morning’s practice session when he spectacularly flipped his DAC and was forced to switch to the spare Team Abu Dhabi boat for qualifying. He will start the race from 15th position. Al-Qemzi said: “I had a good start this morning in practice and then I crashed. I took the spare boat, but I was not happy with it. The crash had no affect on me but the second boat was not so good for me.”

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.

 Cappellini said: “I am surprised because our boat was faster than this in the private test. I don’t know why. Now we check, engine and propeller. I am not happy for this. We work 20 days to not have this result. Saying that, third place is good and it was important to be in front of Stark. Honestly, we pushed hard for the pole position to win the race. Marit was incredible – one perfect lap, a lap of life! Now, if Alex has a very good start and he stays in first, okay, but, if not, maybe it’s better not to take risks.”

 Mohammed Al-Mehairbi slipped to third in the UIM F4-S Trophy standings after finishing third behind Mansoor Al-Mansoori, and Jeremy Brisset in race one. Driving for the Victory Team for the first time, Al-Mansoori now leads the series by seven points with three races remaining. Rashed Al-Romaithi came home in seventh place in the second Team Abu Dhabi Molgaard.

 BRM Qualifying

 After a cracked sponson sidelined disappointed Swedish rookie Erik Edin before the start, eight of the remaining 20 boats would be eliminated in the opening Q1 session. Ahmed Al-Hameli and Al-Qemzi switched to spare DACs for the start of the session. Carella opened his account with a lap of 45.52sec, but that was surpassed by a flying Bartek Marszalak, Marit Stromoy, Chiappe and Stark.

 A flying Ahmed Al-Hameli topped the timings with a flying last lap of 44.50sec, but rookie Matthew Palfreyman, the French duo of Cedric Deguisne and Amaury Jousseaume, Grant Trask, Francesco Cantandio, Thani Al-Qemzi, Mike Szymura and Duarte Benavente were eliminated. Carella and Rashed Al-Qemzi sneaked through to Q2 in 10th and 12th positions.

 A further six boats were eliminated in the 15 minutes of Q2, but the yellow flag was raised in the first minute when Sami Selio and Stark collided, Selio flipped over and Stark continued relatively unscathed. The session was restarted and Stark stormed to the top of the standings with a lap of 43.80sec. Eventual session winner Chiappe, Stark, Carella, Ahmed Al-Hameli, Marit Stromoy and Shaun Torrente made the two-lap shoot-out, but Selio, Rashed Al-Qemzi, Filip Roms, Marszalak, Peter Morin and Jonas Andersson missed out on Q3.

Torrente was first to run his two hot laps and the American posted the target of 43.77sec and improved with a 43.28sec second lap. Stromoy was aiming for her second career pole and the Norwegian opened with a 43.39sec and set a stunning second lap of 42.89sec to snatch provisional pole. Al-Hameli set a first lap of 44.24sec and improved with a 43.43sec lap, but it was not enough for the Victory Team driver.

 Carella’s destiny lay ahead and the Italian carded a first tour of 43.02sec to move into second position and was unable to beat that on his second run. That left Stark and Chiappe to spoil the Stromoy party. The Swede opened with a 43.89sec and moved up to fourth with a 43.47sec second lap. Chiappe opened with a 43.50sec and he snatched pole with a 42.83sec lap to cap a memorable qualifying session and ruin a fairytale story for Stromoy.

 Practice

 Chiappe was quickest in the morning’s one-hour practice session that was marred for Team Abu Dhabi when Thani Al-Qemzi spectacularly flipped his DAC at turn two. The Emirati emerged unscathed from the incident, but it was a setback for the team before BRM qualifying. “Not ideal preparation at all but we have a spare boat,” groaned Cappellini.

 The session-winning Frenchman posted a potent lap of 43.58sec five minutes from the end of the session to edge Stark (43.77sec) and Carella (43.81sec) into second and third positions. Only three drivers broke the sub 44-second barrier, but Bartek Marzsalek impressed in fourth place with a lap of 44.28sec after fitting a new engine that arrived from Canada via Warsaw at the 11th hour. Rashed Al-Qemzi (45.27sec) slotted into 10th, but fifth-placed Ahmed Al-Hameli somersaulted his spare BABA at turn four in the last minute and the session finished under a yellow flag.

 

F4-S – race 1

Young Aussie revelation Louise Vella followed up her fastest lap in Thursday afternoon’s practice with the second fastest time in Thursday morning’s practice behind Jeremy Brisset. She went on to qualify in pole position with a last gasp lap of 1min 01.31sec to pip the Frenchman. Team Abu Dhabi’s Mohammed Al-Mehairbi and Rashed Al-Romaithi were third and eighth in free practice and qualified in fifth and 10th positions. Series leader Mansour Al-Mansoori switched from the Emirates Racing Team to the Victory Team before race week and was third.

Al-Mansoori made a good start in the 18-lap race and he managed to pass Brisset and Vella to take the lead, as Vella maintained second from Al-Mehairbi and Chiappe returned to the pits on the subsequent lap after a collision with Brisset. But the Australian’s good fortune ran out on the fourth lap when she struck a turn buoy and the yellow flag was raised with Al-Mansoori, Al-Mehairbi and Al-Matlae in an all-Emirati top three.

Racing resumed on lap seven, Al-Mansoori maintained his advantage and Al-Matlae managed to edge passed Al-Mehairbi to make it a Victory 1-2 at the head of the field. Brisset also managed to find a way into third position at the expense of the Team Abu Dhabi driver and he passed Al-Matlae to snatch second. Al-Mansoori extended his series lead to seven points over Brisset and Al-Mehairbi slipped to third in the points’ standings with the final podium place. Vella managed to rejoin the race with a one-lap penalty and gained vital points for ninth position, but Al-Matlae lost out on a possible third place with a one-lap penalty for not maintaining his lane at the start.

 Further practice and F4 timed trials are permitted on Friday morning, before F4 race two gets underway at 2pm and the Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi fires into life at the Breakwater from 3.30pm.

2017 UIM F1 H2O World Championship – qualifying times (Thursday):

Q3

1. Philippe Chiappe (FRA) CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team                        42.83sec             

2. Marit Stromoy (NOR) Emirates Racing Team                                      42.89sec

3. Alex Carella (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                                                    43.02sec

4. Shaun Torrente (USA) Victory Team                                                     43.28sec 

5. Erik Stark (SWE) Team Sweden                                                               43.47sec

6. Ahmed Al-Hameli (UAE) Victory Team                                                     43.53sec     

Q2

7. Bartek Marszalak (POL) Blaze F1 Team                                     44.34sec

8. Rashed Al-Qemzi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                                    44.39sec 

9. Jonas Andersson (SWE) Team Sweden                                               44.46sec

10. Peter Morin (FRA) CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team                        44.61sec

11. Filip Roms (FIN) Mad-Croc Baba Racing                                                 45.61sec                        

12. Sami Selio (FIN) Mad-Croc Baba Racing                                                 DNF

Q1

13. Duarte Benavente (PRT) F1 Atlantic Team                                     45.87sec

14. Amaury Jousseaume (FRA) Maverick F1 Team                               46.01sec

15. Thani Al-Qemzi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                                    46.41sec

16. Grant Trask (AUS) F1 Atlantic Team                                                    46.68sec             

17. Francesco Cantando (ITA) Blaze F1 Team                                   47.00sec

18. Mike Szymura (DEU) Emirates Racing Team                                      47.15sec

19. Matthew Palfreyman (GBR) Emirates Racing Team                      48.75sec

Cédric Deguisne (FRA) Maverick F1 Team                                     DNS

Erik Edin (SWE) Team Sweden                                                                   DNS

 

2017 UIM F1 H2O Pole Position Trophy – latest positions:

1. Alex Carella (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                                                           59pts 

2. Philippe Chiappe (FRA) CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team                        58pts    

3. Erik Stark (SWE) Team Sweden                                                               54pts    

4. Ahmed Al-Hameli (UAE) Victory Team                                                                49pts  

5. Shaun Torrente (USA) Victory Team                                                     38pts  

6. Thani Al-Qemzi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                                    24pts

6. Marit Stromoy (NOR) EMIC Racing Team                                     24pts

8. Sami Selio (FIN) Mad Croc Baba Racing                                   17pts               

9. Grant Trask (AUS) F1 Atlantic Team                                                    7pts      

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

10. Jonas Andersson (SWE) Team Sweden                                                 5pts

 

2017 F4-S Trophy – latest positions:

1. Mansoor Al-Mansoori (UAE) Victory Team                                     80pts    

2. Jeremy Brisset (FRA) F1 Atlantic Team                                                   73pts    

3. Mohammed Al-Mehairbi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                      70pts                          

4. Louise Vella (AUS) Team Sweden                                                                60pts 

5. Corentin Guesnel (FRA) Maverick F1                                              34pts                                                                                

6. Bingchen Wu (CHN) CTIC F1 China Team                                     33pts               

7. Kalle Viippo (FIN) Mad Croc Baba Racing                                       29pts

8. Mohamed Al-Yamahi (UAE) Victory Team                                    16pts                                    

9. Sebastien Haugaard (SWE) Team Sweden                                               15pts                    

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

11. Damon Cohen (AUS) Blaze Performance                                                8pts

12. Rashed Al-Romaithi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                                    4pts

13. Mohamed Al-Matlae (UAE) Victory Team                                     3pts

Tom Chiappe (FRA) Emirates Racing Team                                      0pt

Timetable of events

Friday, December 8

09.10-09.30                F4 free practice

09.40-10.00                F4 time trials

10.15-11.15                F1 free practice

14.00                     F4 race 2

15.30                     Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi

 

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