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World’s most competitive offshore series heads to Shandong province for next two races

 WEIHAI (CHINA): Tuesday, October 17: Team Abu Dhabi will lock horns with their rivals again this weekend when the 2017 UIM XCAT World Championship heads to Weihai in the Chinese province of Shandong for the third and fourth races in the four-round, eight-race series.

 Races on Saturday and Sunday will take place in Nanhai New District Bay and offer the first offshore challenge of this year’s series after the opening two races took place on an inland lake in Zhengzhou. The Victory Team’s Salem Al-Adidi and Eisa Al-Ali won both of those races after leading from start-to-finish and arrive in Weihei City with a 10-point advantage over Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al-Tayer and Majed Al-Mansoori.

 Australian Brett Luhrmann and Norway’s Pal-Virik Nilsen rounded off the podium places on race two in Zhengzhou and they are only 22 points behind the leading Dubai boat in third place in the points’ standings, with Caccia Engineering, 222 Offshore and the Fujairah Team inside the top six after a quarter of the races in the new UIM-sanctioned series being promoted by Baia Blù D’Oriente (BBDO).

 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.

 “The XCAT races come thick and fast over the space of three weeks in China and then we finish off in Dubai at the start of December, so it was important that there was no damage to the boat in Zhengzhou which could have been very costly for the championship with only a handful of days between the two rounds,” said Salem Al-Remeithi. “Rashed and Majed have begun well and it’s a case of keeping up the momentum and aiming to beat the Victory Team and try and take the win.”

 Weihai is a city in China’s eastern province of Shandong and acts as a major seaport. The city borders Yantai to the west and the Yellow Sea to the east. The city, formerly known as Weihaiwei, was established in 1949 after the Communist revolution and acts as a major fishing centre and trading hub with its close proximity to South Korea.

 The weekend’s formalities get underway with technical scrutineering, registration and team briefings on Thursday (October 19) and the on-course action gets the green light with official practice from 13.30hrs on Friday.

 Pole Position qualifying takes centre stage from 10.00hrs (06.00hrs UAE time) on Saturday morning and the first of the two Weihai races fires into life at 14.00hrs. Further free practice is permitted on Sunday morning and the second race takes place at the similar time of 14.00hrs (10.00hrs UAE time) on Sunday.

2017 UIM XCAT World Championship – standings after race 2 of 8:

1. Victory 3 – Salem Al-Adidi (UAE)/Eisa Al-Ali (UAE) 70pts

2. Team Abu Dhabi 5 – Rashed Al-Tayer (UAE)/Majed Al-Mansoori (UAE) 60pts

3. The Blue Roo (Team Australia) 8 – Brett Luhrmann (AUS)/Pal-Virik Nilsen (NOR) 48pts

4. Caccia Engineering 22 - Diego Testa (ITA)/Daniele Martignoni (ITA) 38pts

5. 222 Offshore 10 - Giovanni Carpitella (ITA)/Joakhim Kumlin (SWE) 34pts

6. Fujairah Team 20 – Serafino Barlesi (ITA)/Alessandro Barone (ITA) 33pts

7. New Star 9 – Mikhail Kitashev (RUS)/Dmitry Vandyshev (RUS) 25pts

8. Swecat Racing 2 - Mikael Bengtsson (SWE)/Erik Stark (SWE) 22pts

9. Raheeb 17 – Abdullatif Al-Omani (KWT)/Mustafa Al-Dashti (KWT) 15pts

10. Lady Spain 46 – Roberto Lo Piano (ITA)/Andrea Comello (ITA) 10pts

11. Al Wasl 7 - Arif Saif Al-Zafeen (UAE)/Scott Williams (GBR) 9pts

 

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VICTORY 3 AND TEAM ABU DHABI 5 REPEAT 1-2 FINISH IN SECOND UIM XCAT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RACE IN ZHENGZHOU

ZHENGZHOU (CHINA): Sunday, October 15:  Victory 3’s Salem Al-Adidi and Eisa Al-Ali and Team Abu Dhabi 5’s Rashed Al-Tayer and Majed Al-Mansoori repeated their 1-2 finish in the second of the weekend’s XCAT races at the Zhengzhou Grand Prix on Longhu Lake.

 In gloomy conditions, the Dubai-based crew led from start-to-finish to hold off the challenge from their great Emirati rivals for the second successive day to take an early advantage in the eight-race UIM XCAT World Championship. Both teams were the class of the field, while Australian Brett Luhrmann and Norway’s Pal-Virik Nilsen rounded off the podium places in the Blue Roo.

 The experienced Giovanni Carpitella and Joakhim Kumlin finished fourth in 222 Offshore and the Italian pairing of Serafino Baresi and Alessandro Barone completed the top five with Fujairah Racing 20. Dubai’s Arif Saif Al-Zafeen and Briton Scott Williams improved on their performance from Saturday to claim points for ninth place.

 “It would have been nice to take a win this weekend, but we have started the XCAT programme with two strong finishes and have put ourselves in a good position to maintain the challenge for the title over the next couple of weeks,” said Team Abu Dhabi’s Al-Tayer.

 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.

 Race 2

 Gloomy and smoggy conditions prevailed over Longhu Lake for the start of the second race of the weekend. Victory 3 maintained their advantage over Team Abu Dhabi 5 from the green flag, through the first corners and to the end of the opening lap. The Dubai crew began to edge away from Team Abu Dhabi, with the Blue Roo running in third and Al Wasl enjoying a better run than the previous day.

 Long lap strategies came into play over the subsequent few tours and the Blue Roo came under pressure from Caccia Engineering in the mist, as Swecat Racing stopped with technical issues in the middle of the course and slowly headed towards the pontoon.

 Victory 3 continued to edge away from Team Abu Dhabi and the procession continued through the closing laps with Al-Adidi and Al-Eisa claiming a second victory of the weekend by the margin of 22.34 seconds to earn a 10-point lead in the title race.

 Eleven boats took to the water for Sunday morning’s official practice session and the Blue Roo topped the times with a best lap of 2min 11.566sec, although the stint was more about getting a good set-up for the race. Team Abu Dhabi only ran for two laps.

 The series resumes at Weihei in China, next weekend (October 20-22).

2017 Zhengzhou Grand Prix – race 2 result:

1. Victory 3 – Salem Al-Adidi (UAE)/Eisa Al-Ali (UAE)                                                                              30min 44.68sec                              

2. Team Abu Dhabi 5 – Rashed Al-Tayer (UAE)/Majed Al-Mansoori (UAE)                                    @22.34sec        

3. The Blue Roo (Team Australia) 8 – Brett Luhrmann (AUS)/Pal-Virik Nilsen (NOR)                 @36.96sec

4. 222 Offshore 10 - Giovanni Carpitella (ITA)/Joakhim Kumlin (SWE)                                    @54.45sec

5. Fujairah Team 20 – Serafino Barlesi (ITA)/Alessandro Barone (ITA)                                 @1min 05.34sec

6. New Star 9 – Mikhail Kitashev (RUS)/Dmitry Vandyshev (RUS)                                                     @1min 12.15sec

7. Caccia Engineering 22 - Diego Testa (ITA)/Daniele Martignoni (ITA)                                      @1min 16.07sec

8. Lady Spain 46 – Roberto Lo Piano (ITA)/Andrea Comello (ITA)                                                    @1min 37.45ec

9. Al Wasl 7 - Arif Saif Al-Zafeen (UAE)/Scott Williams (GBR)                                                 @1min 55.02sec

10. Raheeb 17 – Abdullatif Al-Omani (KWT)/Mustafa Al-Dashti (KWT)                                   1 lap behind

DNF. Swecat Racing 2 - Mikael Bengtsson (SWE)/Erik Stark (SWE)                                        4 laps behind                

 

2017 UIM XCAT World Championship – latest standings:

1. Victory 3 – Salem Al-Adidi (UAE)/Eisa Al-Ali (UAE)                                                                              70pts    

2. Team Abu Dhabi 5 – Rashed Al-Tayer (UAE)/Majed Al-Mansoori (UAE)                                    60pts

3. The Blue Roo (Team Australia) 8 – Brett Luhrmann (AUS)/Pal-Virik Nilsen (NOR)                 48pts

4. Caccia Engineering 22 - Diego Testa (ITA)/Daniele Martignoni (ITA)                                      38pts

5. 222 Offshore 10 - Giovanni Carpitella (ITA)/Joakhim Kumlin (SWE)                                    34pts

6. Fujairah Team 20 – Serafino Barlesi (ITA)/Alessandro Barone (ITA)                                 33pts

7. New Star 9 – Mikhail Kitashev (RUS)/Dmitry Vandyshev (RUS)                                                     25pts

8. Swecat Racing 2 - Mikael Bengtsson (SWE)/Erik Stark (SWE)                                                        22pts

9. Raheeb 17 – Abdullatif Al-Omani (KWT)/Mustafa Al-Dashti (KWT)                                   15pts

10. Lady Spain 46 – Roberto Lo Piano (ITA)/Andrea Comello (ITA)                                    10pts

11. Al Wasl 7 - Arif Saif Al-Zafeen (UAE)/Scott Williams (GBR)                                                 9pts

               

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TEAM ABU DHABI SHADOWS VICTORY TEAM TO FINISH OF OPENING UIM XCAT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RACE IN ZHENGZHOU

Victory 3 pips Team Abu Dhabi 5 and the Blue Roo to pole position in Zhengzhou

                  

ZHENGZHOU (CHINA): Saturday, October 14:  Team Abu Dhabi 5’s Rashed Al-Tayer and Majed Al-Mansoori shadowed Victory 3’s Salem Al-Adidi and Eisa Al-Ali to the finish of the opening race of the UIM XCAT World Championship on Zhengzhou’s Longhu Lake on Saturday. 

 The two Emirati crews had dominated the pole position qualifying sessions as well, but the Victory 3 benefited from their pole position to finish the 14-lap race 23.4 seconds in front of the crew running out of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC).

 The Italian duo of Diego Testa and Daniele Martignoni were the surprise package of the first of six XCAT races in the People’s Republic in the space of three weeks. They guided Caccia Engineering 22 to the final slot on the podium and finished over 16 seconds in front of the Blue Roo, crewed by Aussia Brett Luhrmann and Norway’s Pal-Virik Nilsen. The Swedish pairing of Mikael Bengtsson and Erik Stark rounded off the top five in Swecat Racing.

 Race one marked an inauspicious start to the new XCAT season for four-time champion Arif Saif Al-Zafeen and his new British team-mate Scott Williams in Al-Wasl 7. The pair were sidelined after two laps of the race.

 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.

 Qualifying and practice

 Race qualifying was split into three sessions. All 11 boats took to the water for Q1, but the Fujairah Team was disqualified under the new regulations for fielding a boat that was under the weight restriction of 2,400kg. Team Abu Dhabi 5 ran for seven laps and carded the best time of the session – a last tour of 2min 12.357sec to storm through to Q2. Lady Spain was a mere half a second behind and Victory 3 was third.

 The Fujairah Team was again omitted from the six-boat Q2 results sheet in a session where Team Abu Dhabi 5 came out on top again with a solitary lap of 2min 11.353sec from Victory 3, the Blue Roo and 222 Offshore.

 The fastest three made it through to Q3 and Victory 3 stole a march on Team Abu Dhabi 5 and the Blue Roo to claim pole position with a winning lap of 2min 10.266sec. Al-Tayer and Al-Mansoori were second with 2min 12.129sec and the Australian-Norwegian pairing of Brett Luhrmann and Pal-Virik Nilsen rounded off the timings with a 2min 13.188sec lap to claim third place. 222 Offshore and Lady Spain were fourth and fifth from their Q2 times.

 Team Abu Dhabi made a strong start in Friday morning’s first practice session and Al-Tayer and Al-Mansoori slotted into second position behind Victory 3’s Salem Al-Adidi and Eisa Al-Ali, who ran a best lap of 2min 12.516sec. Swecat Racing, Lady Spain and 222 Offshore rounded off the top five. The Blue Roo, Raheeb, New Star, the Fujairah Team, Al-Wasl and Caccia Engineering completed the list of 11 boats who took to the water.

 Further official practice will be permitted from 11.00hrs on Sunday morning and precedes the second Zhengzhou Grand Prix starting at 14.30hrs (10.30hrs UAE time).

 2017 Zhengzhou Grand Prix – race 1 result:

1. Victory 3 – Salem Al-Adidi (UAE)/Eisa Al-Ali (UAE)                                                                              32min 35.68sec                              

2. Team Abu Dhabi 5 – Rashed Al-Tayer (UAE)/Majed Al-Mansoori (UAE)                                    @23.49sec        

3. Caccia Engineering 22 - Diego Testa (ITA)/Daniele Martignoni (ITA)                                      @37.68sec

4. The Blue Roo (Team Australia) 8 – Brett Luhrmann (AUS)/Pal-Virik Nilsen (NOR)                 @53.34sec

5. Swecat Racing 2 - Mikael Bengtsson (SWE)/Erik Stark (SWE)                                                        @1min 23.86sec

6. Fujairah Team 20 – Serafino Barlesi (ITA)/Alessandro Barone (ITA)                                 @1min 28.11sec

7. 222 Offshore 20 - Giovanni Carpitella (ITA)/Joakhim Kumlin (SWE)                                    @1min 37.21sec

8. New Star 9 – Mikhail Kitashev (RUS)/Dmitry Vandyshev (RUS)     3. Fujairah Racing                @2min 11.12sec

9. Raheeb 17 – Abdullatif Al-Omani (KWT)/Mustafa Al-Dashti (KWT) 2. Al&Al                  1 lap behind

DNF. Al Wasl 7 - Arif Saif Al-Zafeen (UAE)/Scott Williams (GBR)                                                 retired – after lap 2

DNS. Lady Spain 46 – Roberto Lo Piano (ITA)/Andrea Comello (ITA)

               

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TEAM ABU DHABI’S AL-TAYER AND AL-MANSOORI BIDDING FOR SUCCESS AS NEW-LOOK UIM XCAT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP GETS UNDERWAY IN CHINA

Team out of the ADIMSC enters Team Abu Dhabi 5 in three Chinese races in October

ZHENGZHOU (CHINA): Tuesday, October 10:  The prestigious XCAT World Championship returns to the international powerboat racing calendar for the first time since last November this weekend and is now running under the auspices of the UIM. A four-race calendar has been devised with three back-to-back Chinese races in Zhengzhou (October 13-15), Weihei (October 20-22) and Xiamen (October 27-29) this month and a finale in Dubai at the start of December.

 Team Abu Dhabi entered up to two boats when the series ran under the WPPA banner until the end of 2016 and the outfit running out of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) will be represented by the experienced Rashed Al-Tayer and Majed Al-Mansoori in Team Abu Dhabi 5 this season, with Faleh Al-Mansoori travelling to China as a reserve driver.

 Last year, Team Abu Dhabi finished second at both their home round of the XCAT series in Abu Dhabi and in Dubai and third in Lugano, but mechanical woes cost them dearly in Fujairah.

 This weekend’s Zhengzhou Grand Prix marks a welcome return to the calendar for offshore racing after the UIM Class 1 racing series failed to find a regular promoter and the UIM took control of XCAT racing and announced a four-race calendar for the last few weeks of the racing season. The opening two races at Zhengzhou will be staged on Longhu Lake in the Zhengdong New District and will run under the control of Chinese promoter Baia Blù D’Oriente (BBDO) with the permission of the Chinese Motorboat Association (CMA).

 Fourteen boats have been shipped to the People’s Republic and Al-Tayer and Al-Mansoori can expect fierce competition from regular rivals including Dubai’s four-time XCAT champion Arif Saif Al-Zafeen and new British partner Scott Williams in a Victory-built XCAT, Australia’s Brett Luhrmann and Norway’s Pal-Virik Nilsen and rival teams from Italy, Sweden, Spain, Australia and the Middle East.

 Salem Al-Adidi and Eisa Al-Ali were always on a competitive pace in Dubai 33 last year and are reported to be ready to challenge for honours in Victory 3 this year. The Swedish pairing of Mikael Bengtsson and Erik Stark also featured well in Swecat Racing last season, although final driver line-ups will be published in Zhengzhou.

 “XCAT racing is an important powerboat racing discipline and one that Team Abu Dhabi has supported for several years,” said Salem Al-Remeithi, general manager of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC). “We are delighted that the series is now up and running again under the UIM. We hosted a race last November and are hopeful that Rashed and Majed can make a good start in Zhengzhou and set the team up to challenge for 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 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.

 Zhengzhou is a prefecture-level city, the provincial capital of the Henan Province in east-central China and lies on the southern bank of the Yellow River. It is one of eight ancient capitals of China and has around 10 million inhabitants. It was the national capital of China during the Shang dynasty and is the second largest city in central China, with textiles, coal mining, agriculture and electricity production key factors in its rapid growth.

 Boats will be checked at official scrutineering on Thursday and Friday (October 12-13) before crews are permitted to carry out their first practice session on the inshore course from 15.00hrs. Pole position qualifying takes centre stage from 10.30hrs on Saturday morning and the first of the two Zhengzhou Grand Prix fires into life at 15.30hrs (11.30hrs UAE time).

 Further official practice will be permitted from 11.00hrs on Sunday morning and precedes the second Zhengzhou Grand Prix starting at 14.30hrs (10.30hrs UAE time). 

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AbuDhabi International Marine Sports Club Launches The Year Of Zayed Marine Season 2018  Aref AlAwani General Secertary Of AbuDhabi Sports Council Says: Having 60 Event Highlight The Importance Of Marine Sport Adimsc General Manager Salem Al Remeithi Add Mrine Sports Is A Fundamental Part Of Sports In The UAE And We Have Established A Plan To Increase The Number Of Championship 

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BENAVENTE WINS IN PORTUGAL AS TEAM ABU DHABI’S RASHED AL-QEMZI IS CROWNED UIM F2 WORLD CHAMPION

Strong winds force Q3 to be cancelled; pole position for Benavente and ninth for Al-Qemzi

                  

RIBADOURO (PORTUGAL): Sunday, October 8:  Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al-Qemzi delivered a polished and professional performance to finish fourth and clinch the UIM F2 World Championship title in Sunday’s Grand Prix of Portugal on the Douro River.

 The Emirati, running out of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC), started the race from ninth place and gradually moved up the leader board to ensure that he secured enough points to deprive Swedish rival Pierre Lundin of the opportunity to make a late bid for the title. Lundin shadowed local driver and pole position winner Duarte Benavente from the start to the chequered flag, but second place was not enough to deprive a delighted Al-Qemzi of his second world title in two season – the Emirati won last year’s UIM F4-S Trophy.

 “This is a special day for me and everyone within Team Abu Dhabi and the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club,” said Al-Qemzi. “This title is for everyone who has supported me and to the whole team for all their efforts this season. I knew what I had to do. Losing Q3 because of the wind did not help at all, but I managed my race well and we have been rewarded with the World Championship.”

 Italy’s Alberto Comparato finished third on the day and Frenchman Nelson Morin was fifth and managed to finish third in the championship standings. Mohammed Al-Mehairbi started the race form 17th of the 18 starters in the second Team Abu Dhabi boat and moved up to 16th before succumbing to technical issues after 18 laps.

 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 and team manager Guido Cappellini.

 GP of Portugal – the race

 In calm conditions, Benavente led the way at the start from Lundin, Ferdinand Zandbergen and Morin, with Al-Qemzi down in ninth and needing to push his way through the field to prevent Lundin snatching the F2 title in the 45-lap race. Al-Mehairbi squeezed into the race in 17th.

 Al-Qemzi made a good start and was able to move up to sixth on the opening lap, as Benavente and Lundin held on to first and second places. But the yellow flag was raised at the start of lap three after Tobias Munthe-Kaas stopped on the course, his demise promoting Al-Mehairbi to 16th.

 Racing resumed on lap six and Benavente continued to hold the lead from Lundin and Zandbergen, as Al-Qemzi climbed to fifth after briefly slipping to seventh. The Emirati remained on course for the world title and held his position through the next few laps behind Benavente, Lundin, Zandbergen and Comparato.

 The top 10 held station through 19 laps and Tem Abu Dhabi began the agonizing countdown of the laps to the chequered flag. If the positions remained like this, Lundin would earn 15 points Al-Qemzi’s seven and the Emirati would win the title by five points. But the Emirati continued to press on and managed to snatch fourth place at the expense of Zandbergen heading into lap 27.

 By two-thirds distance, after 30 laps, Benavente led Lundin by just 2.16 seconds and, despite constant pressure from Lundin, the veteran Portuguese racer held on to seal an historic win on home waters by just 1.75 seconds. Comparato rounded off the podium and Al-Qemzi reached the finish in fourth to claim the world title.

 Qualifying

 Qualifying was delayed for over two hours and eventually got underway late on Saturday afternoon with the entrants split into the customary two groups. Lundin was fastest in the first group of 11 with a time of 44.32sec from Al-Qemzi with a lap of 44.57sec and third-placed Benavente with 44.59sec. Alberto Comparato and Héctor Sanz Lopez rounded off the top five.

 Sweden’s Oskar Samuelsson topped the timings in Group B with a lap of 44.69sec, which was 0.21 seconds faster than runner-up Ferdinand Zandbergen. Lithuania’s Edgaras Riabko, Tobias Munthe-Kaas and Sweden’s Johan Österberg completed the top five. Al-Mehairbi improved substantially on his best time from free practice with a lap of 45.91sec but missed out on Q2.

 Benavente continued his run of form to win the Q2 session with a lap of 43.90sec from Lundin, Zandbergen, Morin and Österberg, with Al-Qemzi down in ninth place after pitting mid-session for a propeller change. Those times were eventually used to determine the starting order for the race after Q3 was cancelled on Sunday morning because of strong wind. It meant that the Portuguese driver claimed pole position for his home race and Al-Qemzi was unable to improve on ninth position.

 Free Practice

 Twenty-two boats lined up for practice on Saturday morning, but the adverse weather that has cursed this year’s UIM F2 World Championship struck again and a strong wind forced the postponement of free practice after the session had originally been delayed by one hour.

 Entrants were eventually allowed on to the water for 90 minutes and Lopez, from Riba Roja d’Ebre in Catalunya, claimed the fastest lap of 44.60sec from a tying local hero Duarte Benavente and Al-Qemzi on 44.75sec. Sweden’s Pierre Lundin was fourth, while Al-Mehairbi recorded a best time of 48.72sec for 20th position.

 All 22 boats were permitted on to the course for a second free practice session on Sunday lunchtime. Munthe-Kaas clocked the fastest time of 45.06sec, but it was more an opportunity for the leading drivers to finalise their race set-ups heading into the afternoon.

 2017 Grand Prix of Portugal – race result:

1. Duarte Benavente (POR) Atlantic Team                     45 laps

2. Pierre Lundin (SWE) Lundin F1 Racing                                   @1.75sec

3. Alberto Comparato (ITA) Comporato F2                   @24.66sec

4. Rashed Al-Qemzi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                    @27.94sec                        

5. Nelson Morin (FRA) F1 China CTIC Team                     @28.94sec        

6. Oskar Samuelsson (SWE) OS Racing                                   L1

7. Daniel Segenmark (SWE) Segenmark Racing                   L1

8. Ola Pettersson (SWE) Skåne Racing Team F2                 L1                           

9. Edgaras Riabko (LIT) F2 Lithuania                                             L1

10. Héctor Sanz Lopez (ESP) Icar Nautica Racing                  L1

11. Johan Österberg (SWE) Team AJO                                       L1

12. Owen Jelf (GBR) Owen Jelf Racing                                          L1

 

UIM F2 World Championship – final positions (unofficial):

1. Rashed Al-Qemzi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                    41pts

2. Pierre Lundin (SWE) Lundin F1 Racing                                   35pts

3. Nelson Morin (FRA) F1 China CTIC Team                     23pts                    

4. Duarte Benavente (POR) Atlantic Team                     20pts

5. Ola Pettersson (SWE) Skåne Racing Team F2                 16pts    

6. Johan Österberg (SWE) Team AJO                                       15pts                    

6. Konstantin Ustinov (RUS) New Star                                             15pts

6. Edgaras Riabko (LIT) F2 Lithuania                                             15pts

9. Alberto Comparato (ITA) Comporato F2                   12pts                    

10. Oskar Samuelsson (SWE) OS Racing                                   11pts

11. Daniel Segenmark (SWE) Segenmark Racing                   10pts

 

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TEAM ABU DHABI’S RASHED AL-QEMZI ON THE VERGE OF MAKING HISTORY IN THE UIM F2 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Fourth place for higher in Portugal will give young Emirati a maiden UIM F2 world title

                  

RIBADOURO (PORTUGAL): Tuesday, October 3:  Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al-Qemzi stands on the verge of creating history for the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC). The talented young Emirati racer heads to Ribadouro in Portugal for the final round of the UIM F2 World Championship this weekend safe in the knowledge that a top four finish on the Duoro River would secure the championship title.

 Victory in Lithuania and third position in Norway have given last year’s UIM F4-S Trophy winner 32 valuable championship points and with 20 available for the winner in Portugal, 15 for second, 12 for third and nine for fourth place, the Emirati’s advantage of 12 points over the vastly experienced Swede Pierre Lundin (20 points) puts Team Abu Dhabi firmly in the driving seat in Portugal.

 Mathematically, seven drivers can still win the 2017 UIM F2 World Championship: victory for Frenchman Nelson Morin (16 points) and results going his way would give the CTIC China Team driver the honours, while both Sweden’s Johan Österberg and Russia’s Konstantin Ustinov have 15 points apiece and an outright win would give them 35 and an outside chance of taking the spoils. Both Ola Pettersson of Sweden and Lithuania’s Edgaras Riabko have 13 points and only a win and a mathematical miracle would see them lifting the trophy on Sunday evening in Ribadouro.

 Mohammed Al-Mehairbi drives the second of the Team Abu Dhabi boats and will offer valuable support to Al-Qemzi.                

 “This is the big moment for Rashed and the entire team in F2,” said Salem Al-Remeithi, general manager of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC). “We know what we have to do and Rashed’s pace in Liuzhou at the F1 H2O race last weekend was very impressive. He very nearly finished in the points and set some particularly good lap times in qualifying. That experience against the very best in the world will stand him in good stead for what promises to be a very exciting race on Sunday.”

 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 and team manager Guido Cappellini.

 After adverse weather conditions blighted three of the four rounds of the series so far and forced the abandonment of the two races in Antwerp and Campione d’Italia, race officials at Clube Náutico de Ribadouro will be crossing their fingers that action gets underway on schedule with a free practice session from 11.15hrs on Saturday morning (14.15hrs UAE time). This precedes the three-stage qualifying session from 15.30hrs and a vital elimination race at 18.00hrs for those drivers who did not make it through to the Grand Prix automatically.

 Further warm-up practice is permitted from 10.00hrs on Sunday morning and this precedes the crucial Grand Prix of Portugal, starting at 15.45hrs (18.45hrs UAE time) on Sunday afternoon.

UIM F2 World Championship – positions after round 4:

1. Rashed Al-Qemzi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                    32pts                    

2. Pierre Lundin (SWE) Lundin F1 Racing                                   20pts

3. Nelson Morin (FRA) F1 China CTIC Team                     16pts                    

4. Johan Österberg (SWE) Team AJO                                       15pts

4. Konstantin Ustinov (RUS) New Star                                             15pts

6. Ola Pettersson (SWE) Skåne Racing Team F2                 13pts                    

6. Edgaras Riabko (LIT) F2 Lithuania                                             13pts

8. Owen Jelf (GBR) Owen Jelf Racing                                          7pts

9. Daniel Segenmark (SWE) Segenmark Racing                   6pts

9. Oskar Samuelsson (SWE) OS Racing                                   6pts, etc

 

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TEAM ABU DHABI’S CARELLA EXTENDS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD WITH START-TO-FINISH VICTORY IN LIUZHOU

Team Abu Dhabi’s Thani and Rashed Al-Qemzi finish Liuzhou race in sixth and 11th places

 LIUZHOU (CHINA): Sunday, October 1:  Team Abu Dhabi’s Alex Carella extended his advantage to 16 points in the 2017 UIM F1 H2O World Championship after leading China’s Grand Prix of Liuzhou from start-to-finish on Sunday.

 The three-time World Champion held off a fierce challenge from Team Sweden’s Erik Stark to reach the chequered flag 4.47 seconds in front of his series rival and 10.74 seconds ahead of defending champion Philippe Chiappe. The Victory Team duo of Ahmed Al-Hameli and Shaun Torrente finished fourth and fifth.

 Despite one yellow flag interruption to reposition a displaced turn buoy, Carella was in a class of the field in his new boat and sixth position for Team Abu Dhabi team-mate Thani Al-Qemzi enabled the team running out of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) to extend its advantage in the UIM Teams’ Championship to 29 points over Team Sweden. Carella’s 14th career F1 win also moved him into a tie with Welshman Jonathan Jones in the Hall of Fame.

 Rashed Al-Qemzi looked set for his first ever haul of championship points but slipped down to 11th position over the closing laps in the third of the Team Abu Dhabi boats.

 Carella said: “This was such an important victory for me and puts the team in a great position heading to the last two races in the Middle East in the winter. The new boat was fantastic. I felt confident all weekend and all the hard work has been rewarded. Now we head back to Abu Dhabi in a very strong position and have the opportunity to win the title with victory at our own Grand Prix.”

 Team Abu Dhabi’s Mohammed Al-Mehairbi moved into a three-way tie for second place in the UIM F4-S Trophy standings, courtesy of his second position in race two in Liuzhou. Aussie rookie Louise Vella is tied with the Emirati and Frenchman Jeremy Brisset on 58 points - two behind series leader Mansoor Al-Mansoori of the Emirates Racing Team - after claiming her second victory 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.

 GP of Liuzhou – the race

 Team Abu Dhabi’s Carella and Thani and Rashed Al-Qemzi lined-up in pole position, seventh and eighth for the start of the 48-lap race on the Liu River. Carella’s closest series rival Sami Selio was 18th after a spectacular crash wrecked his qualifying session. Torrente lined up in 10th and defending champion Chiappe was fifth in sunny conditions on the Liu River.

 Carella maintained his lead from the start and headed Stark, Al-Hameli and Chiappe – who passed Marit Stromoy – through the opening few laps. Thani Al-Qemzi maintained seventh, but Torrente overtook Rashed Al-Qemzi to take eighth place. Torrente also managed to find a way past Thani Al-Qemzi and into seventh as the race headed into laps five and six.

 By lap 10, Carella’s lead over Stark had grown to 6.89 seconds as the duo began to pull clear of third-placed Al-Hameli, Chiappe, Stromoy, Andersson and Torrente. Carella’s lead had increased to 12.04 seconds by the time a yellow flag was raised on lap 13, as Selio’s miserable weekend continued at the rear of the field and a turn buoy was dislodged on the course.

 Racing resumed on lap 21 and Carella maintained his lead from Stark, but Chiappe overtook Al-Hameli to snatch third. Thani and Rashed Al-Qemzi resumed in eighth and ninth positions, but Torrente moved ahead of Andersson to seize sixth. Carella extended his advantage to 5.67 seconds through lap 25, but Rashed Al-Qemzi slipped behind Mike Szymura and into 10th position and Duarte Benavente retired soon afterwards with technical issues.

 With 11 laps remaining, Carella led Stark by 4.3 seconds from Chiappe, Al-Hameli, Stromoy and Torrente. Thani Al-Qemzi moved up to seventh at the expense of a retiring Andersson, but Rashed Al-Qemzi fell out of the top 10.

 Stromoy ceded fifth to Torrente and was also overtaken by Thani Al-Qemzi and fell to seventh place before falling out of the top 10. Carella held on to reach the chequered flag and extend his lead in the World Championship to 16 points, as Thani and Rashed Al-Qemzi finished the race in sixth and 11th positions.

 Practice

 Stark mastered the course better than his rivals in the second practice session on Sunday morning. The Team Sweden driver ran for 24 laps and carded a fastest time of 46.25sec to win the stint from Torrente. Carella, Thani Al-Qemzi and Rashed Al-Qemzi used the hour to finalise their race set-ups and slotted into fourth, fifth and 12th.

 F4-S - race 2

 Fifteen-year-old Australian girl Louise Vella claimed pole position for the second successive day and stormed to a back-to-back start-to-finish victory in F4-S to put herself firmly into contention for the title with four races remaining in the UAE.

 The rookie reached the chequered flag 12.08 seconds in front of Team Abu Dhabi’s Mohammed Al-Mehairbi, with Corentin Guesnel of France rounding off the podium places. Mansoor Al-Mansoori was fourth and Bingcheng Wu was fifth but technical issues sidelined Kalle Viippo before the start and Brisset withdrew after qualifying in second position.

 2017 Grand Prix of Liuzhou – result:

1. Alex Carella (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                                                           48 laps

2. Erik Stark (SWE) Team Sweden                                                               @4.47sec

3. Philippe Chiappe (FRA) CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team                        @10.74sec                        

4. Ahmed Al-Hameli (UAE) Victory Team                                                                @25.74sec

5. Shaun Torrente (USA) Victory Team                                                     @30.38sec

6. Thani Al-Qemzi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                                    @39.35sec

7. Mike Szymura (DEU) EMIC Racing Team                                     L1

8. Bartek Marszalak (POL) Blaze Performance Team                     L1

11. Rashed Al-Qemzi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                                    L1

 2017 UIM F1 H2O World Championship – positions after round 4:

1. Alex Carella (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                                                    58pts   

2. Erik Stark (SWE) Team Sweden                                                               42pts   

3. Philippe Chiappe (FRA) CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team                        39pts    

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                                    25pts 

7. Shaun Torrente (USA) Victory Team                                                     19pts  

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

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

10. Jonas Andersson (SWE) Team Sweden                                               12pts, etc 

2017 UIM F4-S Trophy – latest positions:

1. Mansoor Al-Mansoori (UAE) Emirates Racing Team                      60pts    

2. Jeremy Brisset (FRA) F1 Atlantic Team                                                   58pts

2. Mohammed Al-Mehairbi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                      58pts               

2. Louise Vella (AUS) Team Sweden                                                                58pts

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

5. Corentin Guesnel (FRA) Maverick F1                                              29pts                                                                                

7. Bingchen Wu (CHN) CTIC F1 China Team                                     26pts

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

9. Sebastien Haugaard (SWE) Team Sweden                                               15pts                    

10. Damon Cohen (AUS) Blaze Performance                                                8pts

                                               

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SENSATIONAL CARELLA OF TEAM ABU DHABI SNATCHES 14TH CAREER POLE FOR GRAND PRIX OF LIUZHOU

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

 LIUZHOU (CHINA): Saturday, September 30:  Team Abu Dhabi’s Alex Carella stormed to pole position for Sunday’s Grand Prix of Liuzhou, round four of the 2017 UIM F1 H2O World Championship, with a flying lap of 44.42 seconds in a nail-biting Q3 qualifying session.

 The Italian was over half a second faster than four-time F2 World Champion Erik Stark and 0.37sec ahead of third-placed Ahmed Al-Hameli of Dubai’s Victory Team.

 A relaxed Carella said, who now also jointly leads the UIM F1 Pole Position Championship with Stark, said: “A fourth pole for me in Luizhou. It was really important for me to be in pole position. I will not feel any pressure because this is not the first time I have been in this position, but we need to make a good choice for the set-up now in the warm-up for the race. This seems to be my lucky place. It’s important that we maintain everything for the race.”

 Norway’s Marit Stromoy qualified in fourth place, triple World Champion Philippe Chiappe settled into fifth and Team Sweden’s Jonas Andersson was sixth, although he faces a race against time to repair his boat for the race after engine issues forced him to miss the Q3 session.

 A spectacular crash for two-time World Champion Sami Selio brought the second qualifying session to a premature conclusion and meant that both Thani and Rashed Al-Qemzi ran out of time to improve on their seventh and eighth positions for the starting line-up for Sunday’s race.

 Team Abu Dhabi’s Mohammed Al-Mehairbi continues to hold third place in the F4-S Trophy standings after finishing fourth in the first of the weekend’s two 20-minute races on the Liu River. Fifteen-year-old Aussie rookie Louise Vella claimed her first victory, while second place for Jeremy Brisset moved the Frenchman to the top of the 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.

 BRM Qualifying

 Qualifying was split into its traditional three sessions on the six-pin course. Stark laid down the gauntlet with a lap of 47.01sec at the start of the 20 minutes of Q1. Seven of the 19 entrants would be eliminated, as Torrente hit the top of the standings with a 46.75sec tour, only to be re-passed by Stark and Andersson.

 Heading into the last five minutes, Carella and Thani and Rashed Al-Qemzi held fifth, seventh and ninth positions and all three held on to secure their positions in Q2 with Rashed Al-Qemzi storming through to second with a stunning lap of 46.33sec. Amaury Jousseaume, Cedric Deguisne, Duarte Benavente, Francesco Cantando, Bartak Marsalak, Filip Roms and Peter Morin were eliminated after Grant Trask escaped in the dying seconds.

 A further six boats were eliminated in the 15 minutes of Q2. Andersson opened his account with a lap of 45.92sec to set the target for his 11 rivals, but Chiappe bettered that time with a 45.34sec tour. With 10 minutes to go, Thani Al-Qemzi, Carella and Rashed Al-Qemzi were sixth, seventh and eighth and in need of some improvement over the closing minutes. Carella moved up to second with a lap of 45.50sec, only to be pushed back to third by Ahmed Al-Hameli.

 The yellow flag was raised with three minutes to go when Andersson stopped on the course with technical woes after Sami Selio clipped a rogue wave and barrel-rolled his BaBa. The clock ran down under the yellow flag and meant that both Thani and Rashed Al-Qemzi were unable to improve on their seventh and eighth positions. Grant Trask, Mike Szymura, Shaun Torrente and Selio also failed to make Q3 with trim issues frustrating Torrente.

 Even though Andersson qualified for Q3 in sixth place, the Swede was forced to miss the Q3 shoot-out because of engine issues at the end of Q2. That meant that Marit Stromoy was the first on to the water for Q3 and she laid down the target with an opening lap of 45.67sec. Harbin race winner Stark was next up for Team Sweden and he opened up with a 44.81sec lap and improved still further with a stunning run of 44.74sec to move to the top of the standings.

 Carella needed to be at his very best and the Team Abu Dhabi driver opened with a flying lap of 44.59sec and emphasised his dominance with an even faster run of 44.42sec to snatch provisional pole. Al-Hameli and Chiappe were the only drivers now able to prevent Carella from snatching pole position. The Emirati opened with a lap of 44.79sec and was unable to beat his opening run on lap two. Chiappe began with a lap of 45.74sec and was not able to claim pole on his second lap of 45.68sec and settled into fifth place.

 Practice

 Carella dominated Friday afternoon’s free practice session. The DAC driver ran for 30 laps and posted the fastest time of 44.53sec, which was just under half a second faster than Harbin race winner Erik Stark. Thani Al-Qemzi shadowed Chiappe in fourth place and Rashed Al-Qemzi was 11th of the 18 drivers who took to the water.

 Chiappe claimed his revenge with the fastest lap of 45.91sec in Saturday morning’s red-flagged official practice session held in torrential rain. Stark was again second and the Team Abu Dhabi trio of Carella, Thani and Rashed Al-Qemzi were fourth, seventh and 11th.

 F4-S - race 1

Only seven boats contested the first of the two F4-S races and pole winner Louise Vella claimed her first victory for Team Sweden, the Aussie crossing the finish line 19.76sec ahead of Frenchman Jeremy Brisset and China’s Bingchen Wu. Team Abu Dhabi’s Mohammed Al-Mehairbi and former series leader Mansoor Al-Mansoori of the Emirates Racing Team were fourth and fifth. Brisset now leads the series by seven points from Al-Mansoori. Al-Mehairbi is third.

Further F4 free practice and timed trials start at 08.30hrs on Sunday (October 1) morning and will be followed by the final F1 practice session and the second of the F4 races. The 2017 Grand Prix of Liuzhou takes centre stage on the Liu River from 14.00hrs (10.00hrs UAE time).

 2017 Grand Prix of Liuzhou – BRM Qualifying result:

1. Alex Carella (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                                                           44.42sec                             

2. Erik Stark (SWE) Team Sweden                                                               44.74sec

3. Ahmed Al-Hameli (UAE) Victory Team                                                                44.79sec

4. Marit Stromoy (NOR) EMIC Racing Team                                     45.67sec

5. Philippe Chiappe (FRA) CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team                        45.68sec                             

6. Jonas Andersson (SWE) Team Sweden                                               45.92sec

7. Thani Al-Qemzi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                                    46.21sec

8. Rashed Al-Qemzi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                                    46.42sec

 

2017 UIM F1 H2O Pole Position Trophy – positions after round 3:

1. Alex Carella (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                                                           47pts

1. Erik Stark (SWE) Team Sweden                                                               47pts

3. Ahmed Al-Hameli (UAE) Victory Team                                                                44pts

4. Philippe Chiappe (FRA) CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team                        38pts    

5. Shaun Torrente (USA) Victory Team                                                     29pts

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

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

8. Marit Stromoy (NOR) EMIC Racing Team                                     9pts

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

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

10. Jonas Andersson (SWE) Team Sweden                                               5pts

 

2017 UIM F4-S Trophy – latest positions:

1. Jeremy Brisset (FRA) F1 Atlantic Team                                                   58pts

2. Mansoor Al-Mansoori (UAE) Emirates Racing Team                      51pts    

3. Mohammed Al-Mehairbi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                      43pts               

4. Louise Vella (AUS) Team Sweden                                                                38pts

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

6. Bingchen Wu (CHN) CTIC F1 China Team                                     19pts

7. Corentin Guesnel (FRA) Maverick F1                                              17pts                                                                                

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

9. Sebastien Haugaard (SWE) Team Sweden                                               15pts                    

10. Damon Cohen (AUS) Blaze Performance                                                8pts

                                               

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