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TEAM SWEDEN’S STARK WINS AS TEAM ABU DHABI’S THANI AL-QEMZI AND CARELLA FINISH SECOND AND FOURTH IN HARBIN

Team Abu Dhabi’s Alex Carella moves into eight-point 2017 World Championship lead

 

 HARBIN (CHINA): Sunday, August 13:  Team Abu Dhabi’s Thani Al-Qemzi and Alex Carella finished second and fourth in Sunday’s Grand Prix of Harbin, round three of the UIM F1 H2O World Championship, at the Hulan Estuary Wetland     Park.

Team Sweden’s Erik Stark - a four-time F2 World Champion - led from pole position to secure his first ever victory in F1 and leap into contention for the championship title in a race where the Victory Team’s Ahmed Al-Hameli finished third to move  up to fifth in the title race.

 Carella’s fourth position was sufficient for the Italian to snatch an eight-point lead in the series, after Sami Selio retired with technical issues, rival Shaun Torrente also withdrew and current World Champion Philippe Chiappe finished a distant fifth.

Carella said: “It was really tough. I had a good start. Shaun and Ahmed on my side and I did not want to take risks. At the end I start to think of the championship and not the single race because Sami (Selio) and Shaun were out. I decided to stay quiet. It was a good result for me, for Thani and for Team Abu Dhabi. We are first in the championship and the Teams’ Championship, so it was a good weekend for us.”

 Rashed Al-Qemzi currently leads the UIM F2 World Championship but the Team Abu Dhabi driver missed out on his first ever F1 H2O points with 11th position in the third Team Abu Dhabi boat.

 Team Abu Dhabi’s Mohammed Al-Mehairbi moved up to third in the UIM F4-S Trophy standings by finishing the second of the 25-lap F4 races in a similar position behind winner Jeremy Brisset of the F1 Atlantic Team and new series leader Mansoor Al-Mansoori of the Emirates Racing Team.

 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.

 Grand Prix of Harbin

 The Team Abu Dhabi trio lined up in second, sixth and 13th for the race, with Sami Selio and Amaury Jousseaume both starting after their crashes in qualifying, although the Finn slipped from fifth to 15th and this lifted both Carella and Rashed Al-Qemzi. Ahmed Al-Hameli had won the morning’s final practice session from Thani Al-Qemzi and Carella, but Erik Stark led the 19 boats away from the start pontoon and into the 53-lap race.

 Stark managed to hold his line through the first turns, as Al-Qemzi maintained second, Shaun Torrente climbed to third and Carella moved ahead of Al-Hameli and into fourth. Rashed Al-Qemzi also moved up three places to 10th as the leaders headed into lap three.

 By lap nine, Stark led by 1.97 seconds from Thani Al-Qemzi, as Torrente maintained a close third and Carella, Al-Hameli and Chiappe rounded off the top six. Series leader Selio slipped to the rear of the field and retired after eight laps and the top three bunched up as they closed in on the tail-enders, but the yellow flag was raised on lap 14 while race officials replaced a turn buoy that had been taken out by Marit Stromoy several laps earlier.

 The Norwegian was duly disqualified during the yellow flag stoppage, Jousseuame also withdrew, as action resumed on lap 20 with Rashed Al-Qemzi in the points for the first time in ninth place. Al-Hameli was the main beneficiary from the restart and managed to pass Torrente and Carella to snatch third, but birthday boy Torrente dropped back with technical issues and slipped behind Rashed Al-Qemzi and into ninth before retiring after lap 22.

 Stark held on to his lead through halfway and began to edge slightly ahead of Thani Al-Qemzi, but the battle was between Al-Hameli and Carella for third place. Chiappe and Jonas Andersson rounded off the top six and Rashed Al-Qemzi retained eighth. The top six held station after 33 laps, but Francesco Cantando withdrew with technical issues.

 Stark increased his lead to 5.33 seconds with 14 laps to run, but Rashed Al-Qemzi slipped to ninth behind Filip Roms and then lost his place in the top 10 over the next couple of laps and slipped to an eventual 11th.

 Stark, on the other hand, held on over the remaining nervy laps to secure his first ever victory in F1 by the margin of 9.31 seconds, as Thani Al-Qemzi secured second and Al-Hameli held off Carella to round off the podium places.

 F4-S – race 2

 F1 Atlantic Team’s Jeremy Brisset found the perfect set-up in the morning’s free practice session to set the quickest time of 44.78sec to steal a march on Team Abu Dhabi’s Mohammed Al-Mehairbi and Aussie rookie Louise Vella. He also beat the Australian by 0.82 seconds in the time trials to claim pole position, with Al-Mehairbi lining up in third.

 The 20-minute race saw no change in fortunes either and Brisset held his nerve over the 25 laps to claim a dominant win by 31.5 seconds from Mansoor Al-Mansoori of the Emirates Racing Team. Al-Mehairbi was a close third to round off the podium places, while Vella and Bingchen Wu completed the top five after their own action-packed races. Al-Mansoori now leads the series by a single point from Brisset, with Al-Mehairbi improving to third.

 2017 Grand Prix of Harbin – result:

1. Erik Stark (SWE) Team Sweden                                                               53 laps

2. Thani Al-Qemzi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                                    @9.31sec

3. Ahmed Al-Hameli (UAE) Victory Team                                                     @13.75sec

4. Alex Carella (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                                                           @14.92sec

5. Philippe Chiappe (FRA) CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team                        @40.90sec        

6. Jonas Andersson (SWE) Team Sweden                                               L1

7. Bartek Marszalak (POL) Blaze Performance Team                     L1

8. Filip Roms (FIN) Mad Croc Baba Racing                                   L1               

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

 2017 UIM F1 H2O World Championship – positions after round 3:

1. Alex Carella (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                                                    38pts   

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

3. Erik Stark (SWE) Team Sweden                                                               27pts  

3. Philippe Chiappe (FRA) CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team                        27pts    

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

6. Thani Al-Qemzi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                                    20pts  

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

8. Shaun Torrente (USA) Victory Team                                                     12pts

8. Jonas Andersson (SWE) Team Sweden                                               12pts   

10. Bartek Marszalak (POL) Blaze Performance Team                     11pts, etc 

 

2017 UIM F4-S Trophy – latest positions:

1. Mansoor Al-Mansoori (UAE) Emirates Racing Team                      44pts    

2. Jeremy Brisset (FRA) F1 Atlantic Team                                                   43pts

3. Mohammed Al-Mehairbi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                      34pts               

4. Kalle Viippo (FIN) Mad Croc Baba Racing                                       24pts

5. Louise Vella (AUS) Team Sweden                                                                18pts

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

7. Sebastien Haugaard (SWE) Team Sweden                                               15pts                    

8. Corentin Guesnel (FRA) Maverick F1                                              13pts                                                                                

9. Damon Cohen (AUS) Blaze Performance                                                8pts

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

                                               

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TEAM ABU DHABI’S THANI AL-QEMZI QUALIFIES SECOND BEHIND TEAM SWEDEN’S STARK FOR GRAND PRIX OF CHINA IN HARBIN

Team Abu Dhabi’s Alex Carella and Rashed Al-Qemzi qualify in seventh and 15th positions

 HARBIN (CHINA): Saturday, August 12:  Team Abu Dhabi’s Thani Al-Qemzi narrowly missed out on pole position to Team Sweden’s Erik Stark for Sunday’s Grand Prix of Harbin, round three of the UIM F1 H2O World Championship, at the Hulan Estuary Wetland Park.

 The Swede had set the target lap of 40.65 seconds and Al-Qemzi fell just 0.13 seconds short in a thrilling end to an action-placed BRM Qualifying session that saw spectacular crashes for Frenchman Amaury Jousseaume and double World Champion Sami Selio and an eventual third place for the Victory Team’s Ahmed Al-Hameli.

 Team Abu Dhabi’s Alex Carella narrowly missed out on Q3 after carding a fast lap seconds after the session had finished and he will start the race from seventh position. Rashed Al-Qemzi missed out on Q2 with a fastest qualifying lap of 44.61sec and will start from 15th in the third Team Abu Dhabi DAC.

 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.

 “It was another tense and very close qualifying session but Thani and Alex have shown today that they have the speed and we have the boat set-up to be able to challenge hard for the race win on Sunday,” said Salem Al-Remeithi, general manager of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC).

 Team Abu Dhabi’s Mohammed Al-Mehairbi moved up to fourth in the UIM F4-S Trophy standings after claiming pole position and finishing second behind Mansoor Al-Mansoori of the Emirates Racing Team in the first of the weekend’s two 25-lap F4-S races.

 BRM Qualifying

 Nineteen drivers from 11 nations lined up for the 20 minutes of the opening Q1 session on a shortened course and Erik Stark set the bar early on with a lap of 42.27sec. Fuel tank issues sidelined Italian veteran Francesco Cantando and engine problems forced Grant Trask out of contention after just two laps.

 Thani Al-Qemzi booked his place in Q2 with a time of 42.97sec, but French rookie Amaury Jousseaume of the Maverick F1 Team spectacularly flipped out of qualifying and forced a yellow flag situation after eight minutes of the session. Seven boats would miss out on Q2 and action resumed with just eight minutes remaining. Carella stormed through with a lap of 42.66sec, but Rashed Al-Qemzi was still down in 14th position with five minutes to run. He eventually missed out on Q2, qualified 15th, as Cedric Deguisne, Mike Szymura and Peter Morin were also sidelined.

 Six further drivers would be eliminated in a 15-minute Q2 session before the six-boat Q3 shoot-out. Shaun Torrente carded the target time of 42.16sec in slightly rougher conditions than drivers had faced in the morning’s practice and Sami Selio closed in with a 42.40sec tour. Ahmed Al-Hameli then hit the front with a lap of 42.10sec and Al-Qemzi lifted himself into sixth with a 42.35sec, but Carella was still to show his hand with nine minutes to run when Selio barrel-rolled out of fourth place and the session was yellow-flagged.

 Racing resumed with just four minutes remaining and Carella was under pressure to beat his team-mate’s sixth fastest time of 42.35sec. The Italian improved with a 42.65sec lap and moved up to seventh and replaced Al-Qemzi in sixth with a 42.30sec, but Al-Qemzi stormed back with a stunning lap of 41.89sec to claim the fastest time that pushed Carella back to seventh. But Carella carded a 41.91sec in the dying seconds to push Philippe Chiappe out of the top six and into seventh. Al-Hameli, Torrente, Stark and Selio also qualified, but Carella’s lap was later discounted, he slipped back to seventh and Chiappe was given a stay of execution and managed to stay in contention.

 Selio was unable to join Q3 after his accident so Chiappe was given the go-ahead to set the Q3 target time of 41.36sec on the first of his two laps. Stark was next up and moved ahead of the Frenchman with a first lap of 41.05sec and a second tour of 40.65sec. Torrente slotted into second on his first lap with a 41.23sec, but was unable to improve on his second tour.

 Torrente’s Victory Team colleague Al-Hameli opened up with a 40.83sec and that lifted him into second and that paved the way for Al-Qemzi to start with a 40.78sec lap that moved him into second behind Stark, who claimed an impressive pole position for Team Sweden.

 Practice

 Carella had clocked the fastest lap in Friday afternoon’s free practice session with a quickest tour of 42.76sec. Only the Team Abu Dhabi driver and Erik Stark (42.92sec) broke the 43-second barrier, with Thani Al-Qemzi seventh with a 43.83sec lap and Rashed Al-Qemzi in 15th of the 19 boats with a best lap of 45.81sec.

 “We found a good pace and a good set-up for qualifying,” said Carella. “We tested several different propellers, varied our set-ups and the boat handled well. The circuit is a little longer than last year and there was a bit of wind and some waves.”

 Team Sweden’s Jonas Andersson topped the times in Saturday morning’s practice session with Thani Al-Qemzi, Carella and Rashed Al-Qemzi locked in second, fifth and 15th positions.

 F4-S – race 1

 Race one winner Jeremy Brisset dominated the first free practice session, but it was a different story in the all-important time trials and Team Abu Dhabi’s Mohammed Al-Mehairbi claimed pole position with a lap of 45.86sec. That was sufficient for the Emirati to beat the Emirates Racing Team’s Mansoor Al-Mansoori by 0.74 seconds. Mohamed Al-Yamahi of the Victory Team made it a UAE 1-2-3 with a lap of 46.64 seconds.

 Al-Mehairbi was not able to convert pole position into a race win, however, and the Team Abu Dhabi driver reached the chequered flag, after 25 laps, 0.83 seconds behind Al-Mansoori with Finland’s Kalle Viippo in third and rookie Louise Vella of Team Sweden finishing fourth of the nine starters. The win promoted Al-Mansoori into the series lead and Al-Mehairbi into fourth.

 Further free F4-S practice and time trials precede F1 free practice from 09.45hrs on Sunday morning and the second of the F4-S races starts at 11.10hrs. The Grand Prix of Harbin roars into life at 14.00hrs (09.00hrs UAE time) on Sunday afternoon.

 2017 Grand Prix of Harbin – BRM Qualifying result:

1. Erik Stark (SWE) Team Sweden                                                               40.65sec

2. Thani Al-Qemzi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                                    40.78sec

3. Ahmed Al-Hameli (UAE) Victory Team                                                     40.83sec

4. Shaun Torrente (USA) Victory Team                                                     41.23sec

5. Philippe Chiappe (FRA) CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team                        41.36sec             

6. Sami Selio (FIN) Mad Croc Baba Racing                                   DNS

7. Alex Carella (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                                                           42.30sec

15. Rashed Al-Qemzi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                                    44.61sec

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

1. Erik Stark (SWE) Team Sweden                                                               32pts

1. Ahmed Al-Hameli (UAE) Victory Team                                                                32pts

3. Philippe Chiappe (FRA) CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team                        31pts    

4. Shaun Torrente (USA) Victory Team                                                     29pts

5. Alex Carella (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                                                           27pts

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

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

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

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

 2017 UIM F4-S Trophy – latest positions:

1. Mansoor Al-Mansoori (UAE) Emirates Racing Team                      29pts    

2. Kalle Viippo (FIN) Mad Croc Baba Racing                                       24pts

3. Jeremy Brisset (FRA) F1 Atlantic Team                                                   23pts

4. Mohammed Al-Mehairbi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                      22pts               

5. Sebastien Haugaard (SWE) Team Sweden                                               15pts                    

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

7. Corentin Guesnel (FRA) Maverick F1                                              10pts                                                                                

8. Louise Vella (AUS) Team Sweden                                                                9pts

9. Damon Cohen (AUS) Blaze Performance                                                4pts

10. Bingchen Wu (CHN) CTIC F1 China Team                                     2pts

                                               

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TEAM ABU DHABI AIMS FOR PODIUM SUCCESS WITH CARELLA AND THANI AND RASHED AL-QEMZI IN HARBIN

Team Abu Dhabi’s Carella trails Finland’s Sami Selio by single point in flagship racing series

 HARBIN (CHINA): Tuesday, August 8:  Team Abu Dhabi continues its hectic summer racing schedule by heading straight from Norway to China to take part in this weekend’s Grand Prix of Harbin, round three of the UIM F1 H2O World Championship, at the Hulan Estuary Wetland Park.

 While Rashed Al-Qemzi left Tønsberg on Monday with a 12-point lead in the UIM F2 World Championship, Team Abu Dhabi heads to the People’s Republic of China with Alex Carella trailing double World Champion Sami Selio by a single point in the flagship UIM F1 H2O series. Defending World Champion, Philippe Chiappe of France, is third and nine points behind Carella.

 The team operating out of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) has also entered Thani and Rashed Al-Qemzi in the Harbin race and Thani will be aiming to build upon the sixth place he earned in Évian in June that has moved the experienced Emirati into equal 10th in the points’ standings. Rashed Al-Qemzi will be hoping that his recent F2 success rubs off on the bigger stage and he can improve on the 12th place he earned at the last round in France. Nineteen drivers from 12 countries are expected to line-up for the weekend’s action.

 Last year, an accident sidelined Carella in Harbin and opened the door for current series leader Selio to take the chequered flag from Team Sweden’s Jonas Andersson and eventual champion Chiappe. Two of Team Abu Dhabi’s experienced drivers have an impressive track record in China: Carella claimed a first victory in Linyi in 2010 and followed that success with a hat-trick of wins in Liuzhou from 2012 to 2014. Thani Al-Qemzi, meanwhile, won in Xi’an in 2007 and added a second victory in China in Liuzhou in 2011.

 “This is a busy time for everyone involved with Team Abu Dhabi and it’s important that we continue the momentum and carry on where we left off at the last round in France,” said Salem Al-Remeithi, general manager of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC). “Alex is well placed to push for the win and the championship lead and both Thani and Rashed know the importance of qualifying well on Saturday and pushing on to take as many points as possible in the 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.

 The F4-S boats also return to action in Harbin after missing out on the last race in France. Adverse weather conditions at the opening round in Portugal meant that only one race took place on the Algarve coast, but Mohammed Al-Mehairbi will be hoping to be in the mix from the outset after missing out on the main F2 race in Tønsberg on Sunday afternoon. Frenchman Jeremy Brisset is the leader of the F4-S Trophy after race one from Team Sweden’s rookie Sebastien Haugaard and Finland’s Kalle Viippo. Al-Mehairbi lies fifth.

 Harbin is the capital of the Heilongjiang Province in the north-east of the country and is the most recent Chinese addition to the racing calendar. Racing on the 2.049km course, located on the Hulan Estuary Wetland Park, gets underway with free practice for both the F1 and F4-S crews, starting at 14.00hrs (09.00hrs UAE time) on Friday afternoon (August 11) and running through until 16.00hrs.

 There is further free practice scheduled for the F4-S teams at 09.30hrs on Saturday morning before the F4-S time trials at 10.00hrs and additional F1 free practice, starting at 10.30hrs. The first of the two F4-S races take centre stage from 13.30hrs and the first of three BRM Qualifying sessions gets underway at 15.00hrs.

 Further free F4-S practice and time trials precede F1 free practice from 09.45hrs on Sunday morning and the second of the F4-S races starts at 11.10hrs. The Grand Prix of Harbin roars into life at 14.00hrs (09.00hrs UAE time) on Sunday afternoon.

 2017 UIM F1 World Championship – positions after round 2:

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

2. Alex Carella (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                                                    29pts

3. Philippe Chiappe (FRA) CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team                        20pts    

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

5. Shaun Torrente (USA) Victory Team                                                     12pts

6. Ahmed Al-Hameli(UAE) Victory Team                                                      9pts

7. Jonas Andersson (SWE) Team Sweden                                               7pts

7. Bartek Marszalak (POL) Blaze Performance Team                     7pts

7. Erik Stark (SWE) Team Sweden                                                                7pts

10. Thani Al-Qamzi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                                    5pts

10. Cédric Deguisne (FRA) Maverick F1                                                         5pts

 

2017 UIM F1 H2O Pole Position Trophy – positions after round 2

1. Alex Carella (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                                                            27pts

2. Philippe Chiappe (FRA) CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team                        24pts    

3. Shaun Torrente (USA) Victory Team                                                     20pts

3. Ahmed Al-Hameli (UAE) Victory Team                                                                20pts

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

5. Erik Stark (SWE) Team Sweden                                                                12pts

7. Thani Al-Qemzi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                                    9pts

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

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

 2017 UIM F4-S Trophy – latest positions:

1. Jeremy Brisset (FRA) F1 Atlantic Team                                                    20pts

2. Sebastien Haugaard (SWE) Team Sweden                                               15pts                    

3. Kalle Viippo (FIN) Mad Croc Baba Racing                                       12pts

4. Mansoor Al-Mansoori (UAE) Emirates Racing Team                      9pts      

5. Mohammed Al-Mehairbi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                      7pts 

6. Corentin Cuesnel (FRA) Maverick F1                                              5pts                                                                       

7. Mohamed Al-Yamahi (UAE) Victory Team                                    4pts                                       

8. Bingchen Wu (CHN) CTIC F1 China Team                                     0pt

9. Damon Cohen (USA) Blaze Performance                                                0pt

                                               

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TEAM ABU DHABI’S AL-QEMZI EXTENDS UIM F2 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD TO 12 POINTS WITH THIRD PLACE IN TØNSBERG

Sweden’s Pierre Lundin overtakes Russia’s Konstantin Ustinov to seal late Norwegian win

    Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al-Qemzi qualifies in third place; pole position for Tobias Munthe-Kaas

TØNSBERG (NORWAY): Sunday, August 6:  Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al-Qemzi secured a vital podium finish in an enthralling 45-lap EDH Tønsberg Båtrace, round three of the 2017 UIM F2 World Championship, in Norway on Sunday afternoon.

 The driver running out of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) came into the weekend’s racing with a championship lead of five points and was able to extend that to an unofficial 12 points with a fine third overall in a race that was won by Sweden’s defending champion Pierre Lundin after he overtook the Russian New Star driver Konstantin Ustinov with just two laps remaining.

 Sweden’s Erik Edin led from start-to-finish through two yellow flags, but was docked one lap for a jump-start and slipped out of the top 10. Fellow Swede Ola Pettersson finished fourth and Frenchman Nelson Morin rounded off the top five. Team Abu Dhabi’s Mohammed Al-Mehairbi finished eighth in the Repocharge race and missed out on the main EDH Tønsberg Båtrace.

 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.

 “This was another high quality field and a very difficult race but Rashed again delivered a superb performance,” said Salem Al-Remeithi. “A podium finish at this tricky venue is an excellent result for the team and gives Rashed an even stronger platform on which to continue his UIM F2 World Championship challenge into the remaining races.”

 EDH Tønsberg Båtrace

 The fastest four drivers in Sunday’s Repocharge race were permitted to join the quickest 10 from qualifying in the main race. Edgaras Riabko won the Repocharge to take his place in the Grand Prix alongside David Del Pin, Alberto Comparato and Owen Jelf. Al-Mehairbi finished eighth and missed out on the main race, where Tobias Munthe-Kaas lined up on the start pontoon ahead of Lundin and Al-Qemzi.

 Edin jumped the start from fourth place, as the leaders safely negotiated the first turn and Al-Qemzi moved into second place, Munthe-Kaas slipped from pole to sixth and Bisterfeld survived a spin. Edin continued to pull away from Al-Qemzi, Lundin, Rupert Temper and Ustinov, but the threat of a one-lap penalty loomed over the Swede as he began lap four. The leading drivers held station until a yellow flag was raised following a sixth lap accident involving Temper. Edin was indeed docked a lap and Al-Qemzi inherited the lead from Lundin under the yellow flag.

 Racing resumed on lap 12 and Lundin began to pressurise Al-Qemzi over the next two laps until the Swede slipped behind Ustinov and into third place heading into lap 16. Ola Pettersson and Munthe-Kaas rounded off the top five. The yellow flag was raised again on lap 18 when pole winner Munthe-Kaas flipped over and retired the only Norwegian boat in the final.

 Fourteen boats remained in action and racing restarted with 23 of the 45 laps remaining. Ustinov managed to pass Al-Qemzi and take the lead at the restart and the Emirati was also overtaken by Lundin and slipped to third. New Star’s Ustinov led from Lundin, Al-Qemzi, Pettersson and Nelson Morin with 15 laps remaining, although Lundin stayed on the Russian’s rooster tail through the next few laps, as Al-Qemzi began to lose ground on the leading duo.

 Ustinov led Lundin by 1.4 seconds with five laps remaining but was passed by Lundin with two laps left, as Al-Qemzi held on to snatch third and the final place on the podium to extend his lead in the UIM F2 World Championship.

 Speed Run and Match Race

 On Friday evening, the top 16 drivers took part in a Speed Run and a Match Race in bright and breezy conditions. Eventual winner David Del Pin was the man to beat amongst the early runners with a time of 181.3km/h, followed by Héctor López’s speed of 180.3km/h. Al-Qemzi and Al-Mehairbi carded speeds of 177.8 and 172.1km/h, respectively, but Matthew Palfreyman was forced to miss the evening’s session after his boat was damaged in testing last week.

 Al-Mehairbi made a bad start in his first Match Race heat against Ustinov and was eliminated. Al-Qemzi missed out in his heat against Erik Edin, as the Swede joined Lundin, Del Pin, Frode Sundsdal, Temper, Edgaras Riabko, Ustinov and rookie Lopez in the last eight. Lundin, Sundsdal, Riabko and Edin then made it through to the semi-finals.

 Lundin got the better of Sundsdal in the first of the semis and was joined in an all-Swedish final by Edin after a tense run-off with Riabko. The Lithuanian also won the third-placed run-off heat to clinch the final spot on the podium before Lundin clinched victory over Edin in a thrilling Match Race final.

 Practice and qualifying

 Tobias Munthe-Kaas and Lundin were the only two drivers to break the 45-second barrier in the free practice session on Saturday morning, the Norwegian topping the times in heavy rain with a lap of 44.66sec. Al-Qemzi was an impressive third quickest in 45.09sec and Al-Mehairbi ran for 21 laps and was 23rd of the 24 starters.

 Qualifying was planned for three sessions on Saturday evening, but bad weather and poor visibility put a spanner in those arrangements and Q1 was delayed by two hours. Drivers were eventually split into two groups of 12 and Al-Qemzi was comfortably the quickest in the first 20-minute Group A session from Ustinov, Munthe-Kaas, Lundin and Nick Bisterfeld.

 Palfreyman lost a propeller on lap one and this prevented the Briton from posting a time in a Group B session that was won by Edin with a lap of 42.99sec from Temper, Riabko, Del Pin and Alberto Comparato. Al-Mehairbi missed out on Q2 with a fastest lap of 47.11sec that put him in 10th position.

 The fastest 11 boats (Oskar Samuelsson missed the Q2 session) then lined up in a setting sun for Q2 and only six would be permitted into a six-boat Q3 shoot-out in fading light. Lundin hit the front with an early lap of 41.73sec from Edin, Munthe-Kaas, Al-Qemzi, Bisterfeld and Ola Pettersson, but the session was yellow-flagged when López spun out after six minutes after an incident involving Konstantin Ustinov.

 Racing resumed with four minutes remaining, but Lundin held on to claim the fastest lap, as the leading six drivers held station. The shoot-out was postponed until Sunday lunchtime on safety grounds with Lundin, Edin, Munthe-Kaas, Al-Qemzi, Bisterfeld and Pettersson making it through.

 In calmer conditions on Sunday, Pettersson used his Q3 warm-up lap and then laid down the gauntlet with a time of 41.30sec before Bisterfeld missed out with a second lap of 42.62sec. Munthe-Kaas moved into provisional pole with an opening lap of 40.36sec and then improved with a target of 40.05sec on his second tour of the course.

 Al-Qemzi opened with a 40.64sec and a second lap of 40.17sec put the Team Abu Dhabi driver into a provisional second place. Edin carded a 40.49sec opener and could not improve on his second tour.  This left the door open for Lundin begin with a 40.14sec lap, but a 40.11sec second tour meant that Munthe-Kaas claimed pole position for the host nation, with Lundin in second and Al-Qemzi in third. 

Action resumes in the UIM F2 World Championship calendar with the European Championship event at Kupiškis in Lithuania on August 19-20.

 2017 Tønsberg Båtrace – result (unofficial @18.02hrs):

1. Pierre Lundin (SWE) Lundin F1 Racing                                   45 laps

2. Konstantin Ustinov (RUS) New Star                                             @2.57sec

3. Rashed Al-Qemzi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                    @7.53sec

4. Ola Pettersson (SWE) Skåne Racing Team F2                 @10.28sec

5. Nelson Morin (FRA) F1 China CTIC Team                     @13.69sec

6. David Del Pin (ITA) Tutamarano                                       @18.47sec

7. Daniel Segenmark (SWE) SF2R                                         @36.35sec

8. Oskar Samuelsson (SWE) OS Racing                                   @39.82sec

9. Alberto Comparato (ITA) Comparato F2                    @42.07sec

10. Nick Bisterfeld (DEU) Bisterfeld Racing                   @44.10sec

 UIM F2 World Championship – positions after round 3 (unofficial):

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                    

7. Edgaras Riabko (LIT) F2 Lithuania                                             12pts, etc

 

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TRICKY NORWEGIAN RACE CHALLENGE AWAITS TEAM ABU DHABI’S AL-QEMZI AND AL-MEHAIRBI IN TØNSBERG

Team Abu Dhabi’s Al-Qemzi leads UIM F2 series by five points after two championship rounds

                  

TØNSBERG (NORWAY): Tuesday, August 1:  Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al-Qemzi and Mohammed Al-Mehairbi are heading to Tønsberg - the oldest city in Norway – this week to prepare for the renowned Tønsberg Båtrace, Sunday’s third round of the 2017 UIM F2 World Championship.

 After winning the opening round at Kaunas in Lithuania, Al-Qemzi leads the championship standings following the surprise abandonment of round two on the Scheldt River in Antwerp because of inclement weather conditions. That decision means the Emirati heads to Scandinavia leading the series by five points from Sweden’s Johan Österberg.

 A massive field of 26 boats entered the ill-fated last round of the series in Belgium and, as the Norwegian round of the series is the most popular of the season, a similarly large field of international teams is expected. However, only 16 boats will be permitted to take part in the main Grand Prix on Sunday and that places crucial importance on the three qualifying sessions that Al-Qemzi and Al-Mehairbi hope to be involved in on Saturday evening.

 In a first season of F2 racing in 2016, Al-Qemzi enjoyed his experience of racing in Norway and the rookie racing out of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) finished in ninth position. Victory in Norway last year fell to the experienced Swedish driver Pierre Lundin, who returns to action this weekend in a boat sporting a new colour scheme. Britain’s Matthew Palfreyman and the Swedish duo of Erik Edin and Ola Pettersson rounded off the top four in last year’s Tønsberg Båtrace and all should be present in what promises to be one of the strongest fields ever seen at an F2 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 and team manager Guido Cappellini.

 Tønsberg is located around 100km from the Norwegian capital Oslo and 224km from the port of Kristiansand. It is a municipality in Vestfold county and lies on the western coast of the Oslofjord, near its mouth with the Skagerrak. It was established as a municipality in 1838, but records date back as far as 1130 and the city was reportedly founded before the Battle of Hafrsfjord, circa AD871.

 The Tønsberg Båtrace is organised by Re Motorsport under the auspices of the Norwegian Motorsport Federation (NWF) and the support of F2 racer and project manager Frode Sundsdal. On-course action begins on Friday (August 3) with a Speed Run from 18.15hrs for the top 16 in the UIM F2 World Championship. This will be followed by a Match Race, starting at 19.00hrs.

 Official practice for the first of two groups of F2 boats gets underway from 13.00hrs on Saturday (August 4) afternoon and a second group takes to the water at 14.00hrs. Qualifying will be split into three sessions, with Group A taking to the water for 20 minutes from 18.00hrs and Group B following soon afterwards. The field will be whittled down to 15 boats for Q2, which will run for a further 15 minutes. A 10-boat shoot-out to determine Pole Position gets underway for the fastest drivers at 19.00hrs.

 Teams will be permitted warm-up on the course from 12.20hrs on Sunday and there will be a Repocharge race for boats that have not already qualified for the F2 Grand Prix from 14.10hrs. The fastest six will then join the 10 Q3 qualifiers for the main race. Limited to 16 boats only, the Tønsberg Båtrace is due to fire into life at 16.30hrs (18.30hrs UAE time).

 UIM F2 World Championship – positions after round 2:

1. Rashed Al-Qemzi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                    20pts

2. Johan Österberg (SWE) Team AJO                                       15pts

3. Edgaras Riabko (LIT) F2 Lithuania                                             12pts

4. Nelson Morin (FRA) F1 China CTIC Team                     9pts

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

6. Erik Edin (SWE) Team Edin                                                       5pts

7. Ola Pettersson (SWE) Skåne Racing Team F2                 4pts

8. Ferdinand Zandbergen (NED) Mad Croc Baba Racing                3pts

9. Oskar Samuelsson (SWE) OS Racing                                 2pts

10. Daniel Segenmark (SWE) SF2R                                         1pt

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TEAM ABU DHABI’S RASHED AL-QEMZI CONTINUES TO LEAD UIM F2 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER ANTWERP’S GRAND PRIX OF BELGIUM IS ABANDONED

 Adverse weather and logistical issues also force cancellation of Saturday’s timed racing programme

                  

ANTWERP (BELGIUM): Sunday, July 23:  Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al-Qemzi has maintained his lead in the UIM F2 World Championship in extraordinary circumstances after the Grand Prix of Belgium, scheduled to be staged on Antwerp’s River Scheldt on Sunday afternoon, was abandoned.

 Logistical issues within the organisation and hazardous weather conditions had played havoc with Saturday’s timetable and, even though all 26 boats took to the water for a practice session on Sunday morning, two boats flipped in the session and strong river currents and ongoing weather issues swayed the drivers into agreeing to abandon the race meeting on safety grounds, pending an official UIM confirmation.

 It means it was a wasted journey to Belgium for many people, none more so than for Team Abu Dhabi’s Al-Qemzi and Mohammed Al-Mehairbi and all the staff from the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC).

 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.

 Logistical issues and adverse weather conditions meant that on-water action was ruined on Saturday and the plan was to shoehorn the weekend’s racing into a packed itinerary for Sunday. The decision was taken to allow non-timed free practice on Saturday afternoon, but a thunderstorm put paid to that idea for a time, although most of the drivers did manage to get on to the water at the end of the day for a short non-timed session.

 Pelle Larsson, the UIM Sports Commissioner, said: “The wave height was a real concern for me. That, along with other issues, made the circuit un-race able. I appreciate that if you race in the UIM F2 World Championship, then you should have experience of rough water racing. So I went out in a rescue rib with the F2 Drivers’ Representative, Owen Jelf, and he agreed with me that it was too rough. When someone with his experience says that, then I listen, because I value his input.”

 Twenty-six boats eventually took part in the first of the timed sessions on the River Scheldt on Sunday morning and England’s Owen Jelf carded the quickest lap of 46.57sec during 24 tours of the course in his Babe. Germany’s Nick Bisterfield was second and Al-Qemzi and Al-Mehairbi ran for nine and 14 laps, respectively, and were 10th and 24th.

 But qualifying was cancelled and the Grand Prix of Belgium was scheduled for 15.30hrs, although drivers met beforehand to discuss whether the race should actually go-ahead or not and decided that the ill-fated weekend should be abandoned.

 UIM F2 World Championship – positions after round two:

1. Rashed Al-Qemzi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                    20pts

2. Johan Österberg (SWE) Team AJO                                       15pts

3. Edgaras Riabko (LIT) F2 Lithuania                                             12pts

4. Nelson Morin (FRA) F1 China CTIC Team                     9pts

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

6. Erik Edin (SWE) Team Eden                                                      5pts

7. Ola Pettersson (SWE) Skåne Racing Team F2                 4pts

8. Ferdinand Zandbergen (NED) Mad Croc Baba Racing                3pts

9. Oskar Samuelsson (SWE) OS Racing                                 2pts

10. Daniel Segenmark (SWE) SF2R                                         1pt

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TEAM ABU DHABI’S RASHED AL-QEMZI AIMS TO DEFEND PERFECT START TO UIM F2 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CAMPAIGN AS SERIES HEADS TO BELGIUM

Al-Qemzi and Mohammed Al-Mehairbi in action on Antwerp’s River Scheldt

                  

ANTWERP (BELGIUM): Monday, July 17:  Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al-Qemzi will be aiming to extend his lead in the UIM F2 World Championship when the competitive tunnel boat series visits the River Scheldt at Antwerp in Belgium for this weekend’s second round of the championship.

 The driver out of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) enjoyed a stunning start to his challenge for honours in Lithuania last month. Running a DAC boat, Al-Qemzi qualified for the yellow flag-interrupted race in pole position and led from start-to-finish to see off the challenge from both Sweden’s Johan Österberg and Lithuania’s Edgaras Riabko to seal a first ever F2 win and maximum points in the championship.

 Not content with starting their F2 campaign in winning style on Kaunas Reservoir, a resurgent Team Abu Dhabi then went on to claim pole position and an outright victory in the second round of the UIM F1 H2O World Championship as well with Alex Carella. Mohammed Al-Mehairbi will run a second DAC alongside Al-Qemzi in Belgium and the Emirati will be hoping for a points-scoring finish after withdrawing prematurely from the race in Lithuania following a collision.

 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.

 “It’s been a superb month for everyone at Team Abu Dhabi,” said Salem Al-Remeithi. “Rashed proved in Lithuania that he has the pace and the team has the performance to seriously challenge for this year’s F2 title. The win was the perfect start for us and lays the foundations on which we can build in Belgium. Alex Carella’s win in France was icing on the cake at this relatively early point in the season. We need to keep this momentum going now with a follow-up success this weekend.”

 The host city of Antwerp is located in the Flemish sector of Belgium in the state of Flanders. It is the country’s second largest city behind Brussels and is linked to the North Sea by the River Scheldt and the Westerschelde Estuary. It is the second largest port in Europe and one of the most important in the world.

 The Belgian round of the UIM F2 World Championship is being organised by Blue Bees, under the management of Guy Van Den Broeck and running under the auspices of the Belgian Motorboat Federation. Race headquarters will be located on the Zuiderterras close to the Het Steen medieval fortress on the banks of the River Scheldt.

 Administration and technical checks will take place on Friday (July 21) and the first 90-minute practice session gets underway on Saturday morning from 10.25hrs. The three-stage qualifying sessions take centre stage on the River Scheldt from 14.30hrs and precede an elimination race later in the afternoon.

 Teams will be permitted a further 90-minutes of free practice on the course from 10.25hrs on Sunday morning and the Belgian Grand Prix fires into life at 14.30hrs (16.30hrs UAE time).

 UIM F2 World Championship – positions after round 1:

1. Rashed Al-Qemzi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                    20pts

2. Johan Österberg (SWE) Team AJO                                       15pts

3. Edgaras Riabko (LIT) F2 Lithuania                                             12pts

4. Nelson Morin (FRA) F1 China CTIC Team                     9pts

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

6. Erik Edin (SWE) Team Edin                                                       5pts

7. Ola Pettersson (SWE) Skåne Racing Team F2                 4pts

8. Ferdinand Zandbergen (NED) Mad Croc Baba Racing                3pts

9. Oskar Samuelsson (SWE) OS Racing                                 2pts

10. Daniel Segenmark (SWE) SF2R                                         1pt

 

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TEAM ABU DHABI’S ALEX CARELLA CLAIMS START-TO-FINISH VICTORY IN GRAND PRIX OF FRANCE

Thani and Rashed Al-Qemzi finish sixth and 12th; Selio heads Carella by one point in title race

Team Abu Dhabi’s Carella and Thani and Rashed Al-Qemzi qualify in pole, fourth and 13th

EVIAN-LES-BAINS (FRANCE): Sunday, July 2: Team Abu Dhabi’s Alex Carella claimed a stunning start-to-finish victory after dominating the 21st Grand Prix of France on Lac Leman on Sunday afternoon.

A second successive victory in France for the driver out of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) pushed him into title contention after the premature retirement of defending World Champion and series leader Philippe Chiappe threw the title race wide open. Carella also moved into the lead in the UIM F1 H20 Pole Position Trophy after his second successive pole position in Evian.

Two-time World Champion Sami Selio finished second and holds a one-point lead in the Drivers’ Championship over Carella. Victory Team’s Shaun Torrente recovered well from a crash in qualifying to finish third, while Thani and Rashed Al-Qemzi put their Portugal disappointments behind them to claim sixth and 12th places.

“This is why we go racing for days like this,” said a delighted Salem Al-Remeithi, general manager of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC). “We had a disappointing start to the year in Portugal, but the whole team has knuckled down and this victory for Alex is the reward for meticulous planning, attention to detail and hard work. Thani also had a strong performance and it was great experience for Rashed.”

The Emirati trio qualified for the 45-lap race from pole position, fourth and 13th after BRM Qualifying was switched to Sunday morning following the inclement weather on Lac Leman on Saturday. A one-hour official practice session was also arranged for the morning and qualifying followed 30 minutes later. Race officials were able to restore the original timetable for the afternoon’s 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 and team manager Guido Cappellini.

GP of France

The three Team Abu Dhabi boats lined up for the race in pole, fourth and 13th, with defending World Champion Chiappe breathing down Carella’s neck in second. Carella made a superb start and managed to fend off Chiappe to maintain the lead. Thani Al-Qemzi held fourth place but Rashed slipped to 15th. Carella continued to edge away from the World Champion and was 6.44 seconds ahead through lap four. Chiappe, Selio and Thani Al-Qemzi retained second, third and fourth places, but Rashed slipped further to 17th. Torrente moved up from 15th to ninth.

By lap 10, Carellla had increased his lead to 8.88 seconds, but the top six held station until lap 11 when Grant Trask flipped out of fifth place. The yellow-flag incident bunched the pack together again and action resumed on lap 16. Carella retained his advantage. but Selio managed to pass Chiappe and snatch second place. Torrente stormed through into third at Chiappe’s expense. Thani Al-Qemzi slipped to sixth and Rashed Al-Qemzi climbed to 16th.

Dramatically, Chiappe slowed down and withdrew with technical issues from his third successive Grand Prix of France. His demise threw the title race wide open, as Carella led Selio by 4.35 seconds through lap 19. By the halfway point, Carella, even with a flapping canopy, led Selio by 4.63 seconds from Torrente, Al-Hameli, Andersson and Thani Al-Qemzi. Rashed Al-Qemzi climbed back to 14th.

Selio continued to pressurise Carella through 28 laps. The margin was down to 2.58 seconds heading into the closing stages. Torrente continued to close on Selio from Al-Hameli, Andersson and Al-Qemzi, as Mike Szymura withdrew with mechanical issues and Rashed Al-Qemzi climbed to 13th.

Carella set the fastest lap of the race of 50.39sec and extended his lead over Selio to 4.27 seconds with eight laps remaining, but Selio was even quicker on the next lap as the battle waged into the final laps. The Team Abu Dhabi driver managed to hold on to claim a vital win, as Selio and Torrente earned points for second and third and Thani Al-Qemzi finished sixth.

BRM Qualifying

Twenty boats and drivers from 11 nations lined up at the start of the single session qualifying stint in perfect racing conditions on the 2.1km, six-pin course. Grant Trask was the first driver to break the 50-second barrier with a 49.92sec opener, as many of the front-runners sat out the opening minutes of the one-hour session. Carella stormed to the front after nine minutes with a time of 48.98sec and that time held sway until the session was yellow-flagged when Shaun Torrente flipped his Victory Team boat on a wave on the back straight. Thani Al-Qemzi had moved into the top four with a 49.90sec lap.

Racing resumed once the Victory boat had been cleared from the course and Carella continued to lead from Chiappe, Selio, Thani Al-Qemzi, Trask and Ahmed Al-Hameli heading into the remaining 20 minutes. Rashed Al-Qemzi was classified in 10th. There were no changes heading into the final five minutes and Carella held on to give Team Abu Dhabi pole position. Rashed Al-Qemzi was pushed back to 13th place. “It was a very good job today for me,” said Carella. “I had a clear lap. It was perfect.”

The three Team Abu Dhabi boats made a promising start to the day’s action and had been second, sixth and 13th quickest in the morning’s yellow-flag interrupted practice session. Chiappe set the fastest practice lap of 48.13sec at the end of the stint.

The UIM F1 H20 World Championship resumes with the Grand Prix of Harbin-China on August 11-13.

2017 Grand Prix of France - result

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

2. Sami Selio (FIN) Mad Croc Baba Racing @5.03sec

3. Shaun Torrente (USA) Victory Team @9.19sec

4. Ahmed Al-Hameli(UAE) Victory Team @26.59sec

5. Jonas Andersson (SWE) Team Sweden @32.55sec

6. Thani Al-Qamzi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi @34.61sec

7. Erik Stark (SWE) Team Sweden @37.15sec

8. Marit Stromoy (NOR) EMIC Racing Team @39.19sec

9. Duarte Benavente (PRT) F1 Atlantic Team @47.53sec

10. Francesco Cantando (ITA) Blaze Performance Team L1

12. Rashed Al-Qamzi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi L4

 

2017 UIM F1 World Championship – positions after round 2:

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

2. Alex Carella (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi 29pts

3. Philippe Chiappe (FRA) CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team 20pts

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

5. Shaun Torrente (USA) Victory Team 12pts

6. Ahmed Al-Hameli(UAE) Victory Team 9pts

7. Jonas Andersson (SWE) Team Sweden 7pts

7. Bartek Marszalak (POL) Blaze Performance Team 7pts

7. Erik Stark (SWE) Team Sweden 7pts

10. Thani Al-Qamzi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi 5pts

10. Cédric Deguisne (FRA) Maverick F1 5pts

 

2017 Grand Prix of France – BRM Qualifying result

1. Alex Carella (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi 48.98sec

2. Philippe Chiappe (FRA) CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team 49.78sec

3. Sami Selio (FIN) Mad Croc Baba Racing 49.89sec

4. Thani Al-Qamzi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi 49.90sec

5. Grant Trask (AUS) F1 Atlantic Team 49.92sec

6. Ahmed Al-Hameli(UAE) Victory Team 49.96sec

13. Rashed Al-Qamzi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi 51.64sec

 

2017 UIM F1 H2O Pole Position Trophy – positions after round 2

1. Alex Carella (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi 27pts

2. Philippe Chiappe (FRA) CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team 24pts

3. Shaun Torrente (USA) Victory Team 20pts

3. Ahmed Al-Hameli (UAE) Victory Team 20pts

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

5. Erik Stark (SWE) Team Sweden 12pts

7. Thani Al-Qemzi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi 9pts

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

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

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TEAM ABU DHABI SET TO START UIM F2 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CHALLENGE

Rashed Al-Qemzi and Mohammed Al-Mehairbi to represent Team Abu Dhabi in race series opener

KAUNAS (LITHUANIA): Tuesday, June 6: Team Abu Dhabi begins its challenge for honours in this year’s UIM F2 World Championship at the Lithuanian Grand Prix on Kaunas Reservoir this weekend (June 9-11).

Rashed Al-Qemzi and Mohammed Al-Mehairbi will race two DAC boats against some of Europe’s most talented drivers in the first round of a popular racing series that will also take teams to Antwerp in Belgium, Tonsberg in Norway, back to Zarasai in Lithuania, Campione d’Italia and Ribadoura in Portugal. Rashed Al-Remeithi also travels with the team as a reserve driver.

It’s been over a month since the team operating out of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) was in action at the 24 Hours of Rouen endurance race in northern France, but officials and crew members have carried out all their pre-race preparations and Al-Qemzi and Al-Mehairbi are confident that they can build upon the experience they gained in a maiden season of Formula Two racing in 2016. They travelled to Milan today (Tuesday) and will carry out further training before heading off to Lithuania for the weekend.

In 2016, Al-Qemzi took part in five of the seven rounds of the series and finished ninth in the points’ standings, his best result being a fine second place at Maçon in France. Sweden’s Pierre Lundin dominated last year’s championship, eventually claimed four victories and won the title by 40 points from fellow countryman Erik Edin. Austrian Rupert Temper was third.

“Rouen this year failed to deliver the result we had anticipated, but one of our boats recovered well after earlier delays to finish fourth in its class and I am confident that we can surprise this year in F2,” said Salem Al-Remeithi, general manager of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC). “The field for these races is very strong and it’s great experience for our drivers to be racing at new venues against some of the best in the business.”

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.

Several of the leading drivers took part in an F2 race at Brodenbach in Germany a couple of weeks ago and Latvian Uvis Slakteris claimed the winner’s spoils.

Technical and administration checks will take place on Friday in Kaunas and F2 teams will be permitted on to the racecourse for the first time after the FR1000 boats for a three-hour session from 10.15hrs on Saturday morning. F2 qualifying will be split into the customary three sessions from 14.30hrs and then crews will take part in the Speed Record and Match Races from 17.00hrs.

F2 teams will be permitted further practice and warm-up on Sunday morning (June 11). There will be a Repechage F2 race for the slowest qualifiers, starting at 13.00hrs, and the Grand Prix takes centre stage from 15.30hrs.

Kaunas is situated in the south-central area of Lithuania and is the second largest city in the country after the capital, Vilnius. It lies at the confluence of the Nemunas and Neris rivers and close to the Kaunas Reservoir, the largest water mass in the country.

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