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

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

         

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

2018 UIM XCAT World Championship – positions after race 6:

1. Dubai Police 3                                                              163pts

2. Team Abu Dhabi 4                                                                 143pts

3. Team Abu Dhabi 5                                                                 132pts  

4. Team Australia 8                                                          126pts

5. 222 Offshore 10                                                           107pts

6. Kuwait 17                                                                       75pts

7. HPI 96                                                                               74pts    

8. Venus Bali/Viniexsport 46                                         73pts

9. New Star 9                                                                     65pts

10. Yacht Club Como 20                                              61pts

11. Swecat Racing 2                                                               46pts

12. Videx/Ribot 22                                                           40pts

13. Maritimo 12                                                                  0pts

 

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

1. Dubai Police 3                                                              96pts

2. Team Australia 8                                                          95pts

3. Team Abu Dhabi 4                                                                 67pts

4. 222 Offshore 10                                                           52pts

5. Team Abu Dhabi 5                                                                 48pts    

6. Swecat Racing 2                                                               40pts

7. Yacht Club Como 20                                                              31pts

7. New Star 9                                                                     31pts

9. HPI 96                                                                               30pts    

10. Maritimo 12                                                                  26pts

11. Venus Bali/Viniexsport 46                                         21pts

12. Videx/Ribot 22                                                           20pts

13. Kuwait 17                                                                     12pts

 

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

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

         

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Race 2

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

2018 Shanghai Grand Prix  – race 2 result:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

2018 UIM XCAT World Championship – positions after race 6:

1. Dubai Police 3                                                              163pts

2. Team Abu Dhabi 4                                                                 143pts

3. Team Abu Dhabi 5                                                                 132pts  

4. Team Australia 8                                                          126pts

5. 222 Offshore 10                                                           107pts

6. Kuwait 17                                                                       75pts

7. HPI 96                                                                               74pts    

8. Venus Bali/Viniexsport 46                                         73pts

9. New Star 9                                                                     65pts

10. Yacht Club Como 20                                              61pts

11. Swecat Racing 2                                                               46pts

12. Videx/Ribot 22                                                           40pts

13. Maritimo 12                                                                  0pts

 

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TURN BUOY PENALTY ROBS TEAM ABU DHABI 5’S AL-TAYER AND AL-MANSOORI OF RACE ONE VICTORY IN SHANGHAI

         Team Abu Dhabi 4’s Torrente and Al-Mansoori second in title race after runner-up spot

       Team Australia’s Blue Roo wins opening Shanghai race; Dubai Police stops late on

         

SHANGHAI (CHINA): Saturday, October 13: Team Abu Dhabi began its three-week UIM XCAT World Championship campaign in sensational style to seal victory and third overall in race one at the Shanghai Grand Prix on Dishui Lake on Saturday afternoon. But a 30-second penalty imposed after the race by race officials for striking a turn buoy cost Team Abu Dhabi 5 the win and handed victory to Team Australia’s Blue Roo and lifted Team Abu Dhabi 4 into second position.

 

The two boats running out of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) qualified in second and fourth places for the first of the two Shanghai races and Team Abu Dhabi 5’s Rashed Al-Tayer and Majed Al-Mansoori made two superb starts in the red-flag interrupted race to reach the chequered flag well ahead of Team Australia’s Blue Roo crew of Pål-Virik Nilsen and Jan Trygve Braaten to seal what looked like a first win of the season until the time penalty was imposed. The punishment dropped them to fourth place.

 

Team Abu Dhabi 4’s Shaun Torrente and Emirati Faleh Al-Mansoori had qualified in second and were also running strongly in the first part of the race. When the series leading Dubai Police crew of Nadir Bin Hendi and Arif Saif Al-Zafeen retired with technical issues after the second start, they carried out their own long lap strategy successfully and reached the chequered flag in third position and moved up to second place in the championship standings behind their Dubai rivals. With the time penalties for their team mates, Torrente and Faleh Al-Mansoori were handed second place in the final results.

 

Faleh Al-Mansoori said: “We passed a lot of boats in the last five laps. When the crash happened (Videx 22) we had not done our long laps and we had to really push at the end. It was a huge day for us in the points. Our team-mates were also very fast. They just made the one mistake that cost them the win. We needed a day like this with Dubai Police not scoring so many points and that was thrown the championship wide open.”

 

HPI 96’s Francois Pinelli and Giuseppe Schiano Di Cola finished third and the Kuwait crew of Abdullatef Al-Omani and Moustafa Al-Dashti rounded off the top five behind Team Abu Dhabi 5.

 

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

 

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

 

Race 1

 

Team Abu Dhabi 4 and 5 made a superb start from second and fourth places, as did Dubai Police and the pole-sitting Blue Roo to retain their top four places in the overall standings at the start of the 17-lap race. Team Abu Dhabi 5 moved up to second place with their team-mates in third and Dubai Police in fourth.

 

The Blue Roo extended their lead to 4.5 seconds over Team Abu Dhabi 5 through the opening two laps, as the likes of Yacht Club Como and Viniexsport ran their two compulsory long laps early in the race.

 

By lap four, the Blue Roo continued to lead from Team Abu Dhabi 5 and 4, Dubai Police, HPI 96, Kuwait, Swecat Racing, 222 Offshore, New Star Racing and the rest of the field followed in their wake with long lap strategies exaggerating some of the gaps in the running order through the early stages.

 

The Blue Roo extended their lead to over seven seconds as the leading four boats held station through six laps. Then, the Videx 22 boat dug in at a turn buoy, spun and flipped out of the running with neither Alfredo Amato nor Daniele Martignoni injured in the crash. The race was red flagged, as the stricken boat began to take on water and the crew were taken to the pits for medical checks.

 

Action resumed in the shortened race with an official restart behind the pace cat that nullified the gains made in the original race. The Blue Roo retained its lead from Team Abu Dhabi 4, Dubai Police and Team Abu Dhabi 5, although the leading four boats all still had to take their long laps. Soon afterwards, Team Abu Dhabi 4 slipped to sixth after taking their first long lap.

 

Dubai Police ground to a halt with a technical issue in the closing stages and lost their place in the top three and threw the title race wide open. The Blue Roo took their long laps and this strategy gifted the lead to Team Abu Dhabi 5, as Team Abu Dhabi 4 ran a second long lap. With time and laps running out, Team Abu Dhabi 5 held on to claim the win from the Blue Roo and Team Abu Dhabi 4 filled the final podium position to throw the title race wide open.

 

The 30-second time penalty was later imposed on Team Abu Dhabi 5 and the Blue Roo sealed the win.

 

Pole Position

 

Pole position qualifying was postponed until Saturday morning with teams tackling two practice sessions instead on the Dishui Lake course. A UIM technical official had been delayed by a visa issue and race organisers liaised with teams and cae to the decision to hold pole position at 11.00hrs on Saturday.

 

Team Abu Dhabi 4 and 5 qualified in second and fourth places with the Blue Roo snatching pole position with a best lap of 2min 9.718sec. Torrente and Faleh Al-Mansoori were a mere 0.162sec behind in second place, Dubai Police rounded off the top three with a lap of 2min 10.736sec and Team Abu Dhabi 5 made sure that the qualifying session was a tense one with fourth place and a lap of 2min 11.316sec. 222 Offshore was fifth.

 

Official Practice

 

Team Abu Dhabi dominated the second of the two official practice sessions in Shanghai on Friday, after the Blue Roo’s Pål-Virik Nilsen and Jan Trygve Braaten had carded the best lap of 2min 11.269sec during their 11 laps on the water in the first session.

 

Shaun Torrente and Faleh Al-Mansoori were up to speed from the outset and the Team Abu Dhabi 4 crew clocked the second fastest time of 2min 13.130sec to slow into second with 222 Offshore’s Giovanni Carpitella and Joakhim Kumlin in third. Dubai Police and Team Abu Dhabi 5 finished the opening session in fourth and fifth of the 12 boats.

 

But Team Abu Dhabi was not to be denied in the second practice session and Torrente and Al-Mansoori topped the times with a run of 2min 13.115sec to beat their team-mates Rashed Al-Tayer and Majed Al-Mansoori by 1.159 seconds after running just five laps in the session. The Blue Roo rounded off the top three, while the series leading Dubai Police crew of Arif Saif Al-Zafeen and Nadir bin Hendi were a subdued fourth.

 

Sunday’s second race at the Shanghai Grand Prix gets underway at 14.30hrs (10.30hrs UAE time).

 

2018 Shanghai Grand Prix  – race 1 result:

1. The Blue Roo 8 – Pål-Virik Nilsen (NOR)/Jan Trygve Braaten (NOR)                   35pts

2. Team Abu Dhabi 4 – Shaun Torrente (USA)/Faleh Al-Mansoori (UAE)                                30pts                    

3. HPI 96 – François Pinelli (FRA)/Giuseppe Schiano di Cola (ITA)                                            26pts                    

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

5. Kuwait 17 – Abdullatef Al-Omani (KUW)/Moustafa Al-Dashti (KUW)                   18pts

6. 222 Offshore 10 - Giovanni Carpitella (ITA)/Joakhim Kumlin (SWE)                    15pts

7. Swecat Racing 2 - Erik Stark (SWE)/Sebastien Groth (SWE)                                   12pts

8. New Star 9 – Mikhail Kitashev (RUS)/Dmitry Vandyshev (RUS)                                     10pts    

9. Viniexsport 46 – Andrea Comello (ITA)/Rosario Schiano Di Cola (ITA)                      8pts

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

11. Dubai Police 3 - Arif Saif Al-Zafeen (UAE)/Nadir bin Hendi (UAE)                    5pts

Videx 22 – Alfredo Amato (ITA)/Daniele Martignoni (ITA)                                      DNF

 

2018 UIM XCAT World Championship – positions after race 5:

1. Dubai Police 3                                                              145pts  

2. Team Abu Dhabi 4                                                                 112pts  

3. Team Australia 8                                                          109pts  

4. 222 Offshore 10                                                           107pts  

5. Team Abu Dhabi 5                                                                 89pts                    

6. Kuwait 17                                                                       66pts    

7. HPI 96                                                                               59pts                    

7. New Star 9                                                                     59pts    

9. Venus Bali/Viniexsport 46                                         55pts    

10. Yacht Club Como 20                                              39pts    

11. Swecat Racing 2                                                               38pts    

12. Videx/Ribot 22                                                           36pts    

13. Maritimo 12                                                                  0pts

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TEAM ABU DHABI LOOKS TO CLOSE IN ON DUBAI POLICE AS UIM XCAT SERIES HEADS TO SHANGHAI

 

Team Abu Dhabi to field XCATs for Torrente/Al-Mansoori and Al-Tayer/Al-Mansoori in China

         

 

SHANGHAI (CHINA): Tuesday, October 9: Team Abu Dhabi switches its attention away from considerable success in single-seater UIM F1 H2O Grand Prix powerboat racing to continue its challenge for honours in the 2018 UIM XCAT World Championship at the first of three consecutive weekly race meetings in China, starting this weekend.

 

The team running out of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) is in Shanghai this week before resuming its quest for XCAT honours in Hangzhou and Xiamen in the coming two weeks. Once again, two boats will challenge for honours in the world’s premier offshore racing series.

 

American racer Shaun Torrente and Emirati Faleh Al-Mansoori crew Team Abu Dhabi 4 and will be joined on Dishui Lake in the Pudong New District of Shanghai City by Rashed Al-Tayer and Majed Al-Mansoori in Team Abu Dhabi 5.

 

The two crews have their work cut out to prevent the Dubai Police crew of Nadir bin Hendi and Arif Saif Al-Zafeen from extending their useful lead in the championship standings after dominant performances at the opening rounds in Fujairah in the spring and in Stresa, Italy, in July.

 

Bin Hendi and Al-Zafeen currently hold a 48-point advantage over the 222 Offshore crew of Italian Giovanni Carpitella and Australian throttleman Darren Nicholson. Torrente and Faleh Al-Mansoori are 10 points further adrift after securing two second-placed finishes on Lake Maggiore in Stresa. Al-Tayer and Majed Al-Mansoori are fifth in the championship at the helm of their American-built MTi boat and will be aiming to move in front of the fourth-placed Team Australia’s Blue Roo crew of Pål-Virik Nilsen and Jan Trygve Braaten.

 

Team Abu Dhabi 4’s Shaun Torrente won the recent round of the UIM F1 H2O World Championship in Xiangyang, but the team has not been able to dominate the XCAT series in the same way that Thani Al-Qemzi, Erik Stark and Torrente are beginning to run away with the single-seater racing discipline for Team Abu Dhabi.

 

Torrente said: “Hopefully the next step for the team is getting a win to follow on from the two second places Faleh and I had in Italy and the fourth and fifth places that Rashed and Majed earned in the UAE and Italy. We need to try and take down Nadir and Arif and the Dubai Police boat. We have made some improvements to the set-up and hopefully we can get podium finishes and, even better, a win.”

 

Other teams likely to challenge for honours in China include Yacht Club’s Serafino Barlesi and Alessandro Barone, Kuwait’s Abdullatef Al-Omani and Mustafa Al-Dashti, the Russian New Star crew of Mikhail Kitashev and Dmitry Vandyshev and Swecat Racing’s Mikael Bengtsson and Torrente’s F1 H2O team-mate Erik Stark

               

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

 

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

 

XCAT racing action on Dishui Lake is being organised by Horgos Baia Blu D’Oriente Sport and Culture Communications (BBDO) under the auspices of the UIM and the Chinese Motorboat Association (CMA).

 

After technical scrutineering and administration checks on Thursday (October 11), teams will be permitted a 90-minute official practice session on Friday morning and this precedes Pole Position qualifying from 14.30hrs on Friday afternoon.

 

Further practice is allowed on Saturday morning and race one of the Shanghai Grand Prix fires into life at 14.30hrs (10.30hrs UAE time). The timetable is repeated with morning practice on Sunday (October 14) and with race two of the Shanghai Grand Prix getting underway at 14.30hrs.

 

2018 UIM XCAT World Championship – positions after race 4:

1. Dubai Police 3                                                              140pts  

2. 222 Offshore 10                                                           92pts    

3. Team Abu Dhabi 4                                                                 82pts                    

4. Team Australia 8                                                          74pts    

5. Team Abu Dhabi 5                                                                 67pts                    

6. New Star 9                                                                     49pts                    

7. Kuwait 17                                                                       48pts    

8. Venus Bali 46                                                                 47pts    

9. Videx/Ribot 22                                                           36pts    

10. HPI 96                                                                            33pts                    

10. Yacht Club Como 20                                              33pts    

12. Swecat Racing 2                                                               26pts    

13. Maritimo 12                                                                  0pts

 

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TORRENTE WINS AS TEAM ABU DHABI SECURES HISTORIC SECOND SUCCESSIVE 1-2-3 RACE FINISH

Emirati Thani Al-Qemzi storms to the top of Drivers’ Championship standings after Xiangyang race

 

XIANGYANG (CHINA): Sunday, September 23:  Team Abu Dhabi created another piece of powerboat racing history by securing a second successive 1-2-3 race finish at the Agile Grand Prix of Xiangyang on the Han River on Sunday morning.

 Pole sitter Shaun Torrente claimed his second win of the season and was followed to the chequered flag by team-mates Thani Al-Qemzi and Erik Stark at the fourth round of the 2018 UIM F1 H2O World Championship. The result means that 40-year-old Al-Qemzi now leads the Drivers’ Championship by a single point from Stark, with Torrente a further point behind.

 Running out of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC), the three DAC drivers were the class of the field and, once Al-Qemzi had passed Team Amaravati’s Jonas Andersson on the opening lap, the three drivers ran a professional and processional race to the finish.

 Andersson secured fourth place, three-time World Champion Philippe Chiappe of the CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team earned valuable points for fifth and Victory Team’s Ahmed Al-Hameli was sixth. Team Abu Dhabi moved further ahead of their rivals in the UIM Teams’ Championship, while Frenchman Peter Morin earned the fastest lap of the race – a tour of 56.57sec.

 A triumphant Torrente said: “I had Erik on my side at the start and then Thani next to Jonas. The idea was to protect each other at the start and then whoever wins, wins. This is another amazing result for the team. They have done an amazing job. All the hard work that everyone has put in is starting to pay off. It really is a very exciting time and we are in a fantastic position now for a thrilling finish to 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 umbrella of the ADIMSC, board member and general manager Salem Al-Remeithi and team manager Guido Cappellini.

 Agile Grand Prix of Xiangyang

 Torrente led the way from Stark, Andersson and Al-Qemzi at the start pontoon for 39 laps of the demanding seven-pin, 2.23km course. The grid was whittled down to 17 following the premature retirements of Francesco Cantando and Simone Shuft in the morning’s practice session.

 Warm conditions welcomed teams to the 10th Chinese venue to ever host a Grand Prix. It was a clean start and everyone made it safely through the opening turn buoy. Al-Qemzi made a storming start and passed Andersson and Stark to snatch second place, but Torrente began to edge clear and was 3.74 seconds ahead after two laps. Chiappe and Al-Hameli held fifth and sixth positions.

 Torrente began to close in on the back-markers by lap four, as he and Al-Qemzi continued to open up a gap on Stark and Andersson and a hard-chasing Chiappe. The American carded the fastest lap of the race of 57.71sec thus far and held a 3.89-second advantage over Al-Qemzi after six laps. Stark was 11.14 seconds adrift.

 The top 10 held station through as many laps and Torrente extended his advantage to 6.16 seconds into lap 15, but Portugal’s Duarte Benavente and double World Champion Sami Selio were sidelined and Thailand’s Sutthipan Sookbuangbon struggled at the rear of the field on his race debut. Four-time World Champion Alex Carella had been running in 12th place and also withdrew his Victory Team boat.

 Bartak Marszalak spun out of eighth place after a spin, but Torrente maintained an outright 2.9-second lead over Al-Qemzi after 22 laps. Grant Trask also withdrew soon afterwards with his own technical issues.

 Torrente’s lead was down to 3.18 seconds with 12 laps to go, but the top six were running in procession and there were no late dramas for the American. He duly eased his pace slightly and passed the chequered flag 6.03 seconds in front of Al-Qemzi and stormed back into title contention, as Stark rounded off another historic 1-2-3 finish for Team Abu Dhabi and Al-Qemzi moved to the top of the points’ standings.

 Practice

 Poland’s Bartak Marszalak won a fraught morning’s practice session that saw a double disaster for the Blaze Performance Team. Francesco Cantando hit something on the Han River and damaged the rear right of his boat and Simone Shuft spectacularly flipped her boat over and was unhurt. Grant Trask was also towed back to the pontoon with technical issues.

 Action in the UIM F1 H20 World Championship resumes in Amaravati in India on November 17-18.

 

2018 Agile Grand Prix of Xiangyang – result:

1. Shaun Torrente (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                                    39 laps

2. Thani Al-Qemzi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                                    @6.03sec          

3. Erik Stark (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                                                           @11.83sec

4. Jonas Andersson (SWE) Team Amaravati                                           @18.33sec

5. Philippe Chiappe (FRA) CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team                        @27.47sec

6. Ahmed Al-Hameli (UAE) Victory Team                                                     @28.07sec            

7. Peter Morin (FRA) CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team                        @36.57sec

8. Marit Strømøy (NOR) Emirates Racing Team                                      @37.02sec            

9. Erik Edin (SWE) Team Amaravati                                                           @53.83sec

10. Bartek Marszalak (POL) Emirates Racing Team                      L1

11. Cédric Deguisne (FRA) Maverick F1 Team                                     L2

12. Filip Roms (FIN) Mad-Croc Baba Racing Team                     L2

13. Sutthipan Sookbuangbon (THI) Maverick F1 Team                     L11

Grant Trask (AUS) F1 Atlantic Team                                                    RET

Alex Carella (ITA) Victory Team                                                                     RET

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

Duarte Benavente (PRT) F1 Atlantic Team                                     RET

Francesco Cantando (ITA) Blaze F1 Team                                                DNS

Simone Schuft (DEU) Blaze F1 Team                                                     DNS

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Alex Carella (ITA) Victory Team                                                                9pts                                                               

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

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

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

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

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

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

                               

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POLE FOR TORRENTE AS TEAM ABU DHABI QUALIFY IN FIRST, SECOND AND FOURTH FOR AGILE GRAND PRIX OF XIANGYANG

Third-placed Jonas Andersson prevents Team Abu Dhabi 1-2-3 in qualifying 

  Emirati Mohammed Al-Mehairbi wins F4 Trophy race one for Team Abu Dhabi

 

XIANGYANG (CHINA): Saturday, September 22:  BRM qualifying was crucial to Team Abu Dhabi at this weekend’s Agile Grand Prix of Xiangyang on the Han River and the team’s racing trio of Shaun Torrente, Erik Stark and Thani Al-Qemzi qualified in pole, second and fourth positions for Sunday morning’s fourth round of the 2018 UIM F1 H2O World Championship.

 

Running out of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC), a mere 0.53 seconds separated the trio of Team Abu Dhabi drivers in a fascinating Q3 shoot-out. Sweden’s Jonas Andersson agreed to run under the Team Amaravati banner and he was the only driver able to get amongst the Team Abu Dhabi drivers. Andersson won Q2 and was the last on the water for Q3. His second lap pushed Al-Qemzi down to fourth place, but failed to prevent Torrente grabbing pole and series leader Stark registering second place.

 

Victory Team’s Ahmed Al-Hameli qualified in fifth place and three-time World Champion Philippe Chiappe of the CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team rounded off the top six. Alex Carella of the Victory Team qualified in eighth place, having missed out on Q3.

 

A delighted Torrente said: “This was an amazing job by the team as usual. Our boats were just unbelievable. I am really happy to be able to put the lap down when I needed to in those conditions that I used to struggle with. I worked really hard on those flat, perfect conditions to make a fast run and we go it. We almost had the 1-2-3. We were really close. Now we enjoy for a few minutes and then we focus for tomorrow and get back to work.”

 

Mohammed Al-Mehairbi followed up his pole position success with victory in the first of the F4 Trophy races and then finished second in race two behind Finland’s Alexander Lindholm. The haul of 35 championship points has put the Emirati just four behind Germany’s Max Stilz in the title race in the unofficial 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

 

Stark headed Chiappe in the UIM F1 H2O Pole Position Championship heading into the Han River showdown where a good qualifying position took on more importance than ever. It was imperative that the Team Abu Dhabi trio made it through to Q3 and the six-boat shoot-out in hot and humid racing conditions.

 

The 20 minutes of Q1 would eliminate the seven slowest drivers. Jonas Andersson set the early target of 57.05sec and Al-Qemzi moved into second with a 57.35sec run. The Emirati hit the top of the rankings with a 57.00sec lap and all three Team Abu Dhabi drivers safely negotiated a Q1 session where Simone Schuft, Thai rookie Sutthipan Sookbuangbon, Cédric Deguisne, double World Champion Sami Selio, Filip Roms, Bartek Marszalak and Duarte Benavente were eliminated.

 

A further six boats would fall by the wayside in the 15 minutes of Q2. Torrente hit the front early with a 56.26sec lap and Al-Qemzi settled into second with a run of 56.64sec. Chiappe booked his place in Q1 with a 56.51sec tour and Al-Qemzi ran even faster in the last five minutes with a 56.42sec lap to settle into fourth behind session winner Andersson (56.19sec), Torrente and Stark.

 

Veteran Francesco Cantando - racing in his record-breaking 174th Grand Prix - was eliminated along with Grant Trask, Peter Morin, four-time World Champion Alex Carella, Erik Edin and Marit Strømøy.

 

Victory Team’s Ahmed Al-Hameli was the first of the six Q3 runners to card a time. A veteran of 10 career pole positions aborted his first run and then posted the target of 56.06sec. Chiappe opened his account with a 56.36sec but that was as good as it got for the Frenchman and he carded a 56.52sec second run.

 

Al-Qemzi ran a first tour of 55.82sec on his 133rd career Grand Prix weekend to snatch the top spot and stormed through with a 55.04sec second run to strengthen his grip on pole. Team-mate Stark replied with a first run of 54.76sec to move to the front but he was not able to improve his time with a second run of 54.97sec.

 

That left the door open for Torrente to try and oust Stark from pole position and he didn’t disappoint with a stunning run of 54.51sec to snatch provisional pole and followed that up with a 55.16sec. All eyes were then on Andersson to see if he could stop the Team Abu Dhabi steam roller of the top three qualifying positions. The Swede opened his account with a 55.17sec run but a second run of 54.89sec ruined the possibility of a Team Abu Dhabi 1-2-3 and he qualified in third behind Torrente and Stark and in front of Al-Qemzi.

 

Practice

 

Teams had their first opportunity to sample the seven-pin, 2.23km course in a free practice session on Friday afternoon. Team Abu Dhabi dominated the session and Torrente came out on top with a fastest lap of 55.39sec. That was enough to beat team-mate Stark by 0.25 seconds. Al-Qemzi finished the session in fourth spot behind Team Sweden’s Jonas Andersson, who was running in the colours of Team Amaravati for the first time. Sutthipan Sookbuangbon joined Maverick F1 Racing for the first time and struggled in a shortened session.

 

“Everything worked well and I think we have more to come, but I don’t know who has more,” said Stark. “There’s a bit of cat and mouse going on and, for sure, there is more to come from all of us.”

 

Marit Strømøy topped the times in the second practice session on Saturday morning with a lap of 55.30sec to deprive second-placed Torrente and third-placed Stark of the quickest time.

 

F4 Trophy – races 1 and 2

 

Six of the nine entrants took part in the first of the timed trials on Friday and Team Abu Dhabi’s Mohammed Al-Mehairbi claimed pole position for the first of two 20-minute races to be staged on Saturday. The Emirati finished the qualifying session 0.14 seconds in front of England’s Sam Whittle. Finnish rookie Alexander Lindholm won the free practice session and qualified in third place.

 

Al-Mehairbi followed up that pole position success and the quickest time in the morning’s practice by holding off Whittle to win the first of the day’s two races by 4.8 seconds with Germany’s Max Stilz of the Blaze Performance Team finishing third and rookie Lindholm pipping Emirates Racing’s Tom Chiappe to fourth place. Al-Mehairbi duly closed the gap on Stilz to just five points in the championship standings.

 

Lindholm started strongly in the second race and the Finn headed Al-Mehairbi, Stilz and Whittle through halfway and into the closing tours of the 15-lap race. The Finn eventually reached the chequered flag 10.34 seconds in front of Al-Mehairbi to snatch a win on his debut in the F4 Trophy. Stilz finished third and saw his series lead reduced to just four points.

 

Sunday’s action is restricted to the F1 boats. Practice is scheduled for 08.00hrs and the Grand Prix of Xiangyang will fire into life around 11.00hrs (07.00hrs UAE time).

 

2018 Agile Grand Prix of Xiangyang – BRM Qualifying times:

1. Shaun Torrente (USA) Team Abu Dhabi                                    54.51sec

2. Erik Stark (SWE) Team Abu Dhabi                                                           54.76sec

3. Jonas Andersson (SWE) Team Amaravati                                           54.89sec

4. Thani Al-Qemzi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                                    55.04sec             

5. Ahmed Al-Hameli (UAE) Victory Team                                                     56.06sec                 

6. Philippe Chiappe (FRA) CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team                        56.36sec

Q2

7. Peter Morin (FRA) CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team                        56.75sec

8. Alex Carella (ITA) Victory Team                                                     57.07sec

9. Grant Trask (AUS) F1 Atlantic Team                                                    57.09sec

10. Erik Edin (SWE) Team Amaravati                                                           57.27sec

11. Marit Strømøy (NOR) Emirates Racing Team                                      57.59sec

12. Francesco Cantando (ITA) Blaze F1 Team                                   57.76sec                   

Q1

13. Duarte Benavente (PRT) F1 Atlantic Team                                    57.95sec

14. Bartek Marszalak (POL) Emirates Racing Team                      58.16sec                             

15. Filip Roms (FIN) Mad-Croc Baba Racing Team                     58.27sec

16. Sami Selio (FIN) Mad-Croc Baba Racing Team                     59.07sec                                                        

17. Cédric Deguisne (FRA) Maverick F1 Team                                     59.98sec        

18. Sutthipan Sookbuangbon (THI) Maverick F1 Team                     1min 04.61sec                               

19. Simone Schuft (DEU) Blaze F1 Team                                                     1min 05.23sec               

 

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

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

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

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

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

5. Alex Carella (ITA) Victory Team                                                                24pts                                                                               

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

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

8. Jonas Andersson (SWE) Team Amaravati                                           12pts    

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

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

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

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

 

2018 F4 Trophy – positions after race 6:                                                               

1. Max Stilz (DEU) Blaze Performance                                                                78pts                               

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

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

4. Sam Whittle (GBR) F1 Atlantic Team                                                    41pts    

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

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

7. Pedro Fortuna (PRT) Team Sweden                                                     35pts

8. Alexander Lindholm (FIN) Team Amaravati                                                29pts               

9. Xavier Autard (FRA) Maverick Racing                                              21pts               

10. Quentin Dailly (FRA) Maverick Racing                              17pts                                          

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

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

13. Ian Gonsalves (GUY) Maverick Racing                              3pts

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

                               

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TEAM ABU DHABI’S TRIO OF AL-QEMZI, STARK AND TORRENTE PREPARE FOR GRIPPING XIANGYANG SHOWDOWN ON HAN RIVER

ADIMSC title contenders set to battle with rivals for supremacy on new Chinese course

 XIANGYANG (CHINA): Tuesday, September 18:  Team Abu Dhabi’s racing trio of Thani Al-Qemzi, Erik Stark and Shaun Torrente are heading for a gripping showdown on the Han River at this weekend’s Grand Prix of Xiangyang, round four of the 2018 UIM F1 H2O World Championship.

 The trio operating out of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) clinched an historic 1-2-3 finish at the 22nd Grand Prix of France on Lac Leman in Évian-les-Baines during the summer and that has catapulted them to the top three positions in the World Championship standings, as the series heads to China and India before concluding with two races in the UAE in December.

 A recent test session in Italy has further strengthened the team’s resolve and multiple world champion Giudo Cappellini, Team Abu Dhabi’s racing manager, is confident that they have found the most effective set-up for the conditions the drivers are likely to face on Xiangyang’s Han River.  

Stark will line-up on the seven-pin, 2.23km race course defending a two-point championship lead over Al-Qemzi, while Torrente holds third position – a further seven points behind. Team Abu Dhabi has a comfortable 26-point lead in the UIM Teams’ Championship and Stark leads the UIM F1 H2O Pole Position series by three points.

Three-time World Champion Philippe Chiappe of the CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team holds fourth place, five points behind Torrente, and his team-mate Peter Morin is a close fifth. The remainder of the field is some way behind after the opening three rounds of the series in Portugal, England and France and they include World Champion Alex Carella of the Victory Team, his team-mate Ahmed Al-Hameli and Team Sweden’s Erik Edin.

Torrente said: “The feeling in the team is really good and we are all very positive. Thani, Erik and I were testing in Italy recently along with the F2. It was fun. We have new propellers that we hope will suit the race course in China. The engine development has been continuing, so all is looking good. We hope the fight stays inside the team. All of us want to win but, as long as one of us wins, that’s all that matters. We must be strong and stay with the spirit we have now. We are really enjoying it.”

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

Team Abu Dhabi will also field Mohammed Al-Mehairbi in a pair of F4 Trophy races. The smaller formula boats skipped the last round of the F1 H2O series in France and the Emirati heads to China holding second position in the points’ standings behind Germany’s Max Stilz of the Blaze Performance Team. Emirates Racing’s Tom Chiappe is third after four races in Portimão and London.

Xiangyang is a prefecture-level city in the north-west of China’s Hubei province and was formerly known as Xiangfan. The city is divided by the Han River and is the second largest in the province after Wuhan.

After technical scrutineering and administration on Friday morning (September 21), a 90-minute free practice for the F1 boats gets underway at 14.00hrs. This precedes free practice and time trials for the F4 entrants.

Further free practice is scheduled for Saturday morning and the first of the F4 races gets underway at 12.00hrs. BRM Qualifying for the F1 boats starts at 15.00hrs (11.00hrs UAE time) and is followed by the second of the F4 races at 15.30hrs 

Sunday’s (September 23) action is restricted to the F1 boats. Practice is scheduled for 08.00hrs and the Grand Prix of Xiangyang will fire into life around 11.00hrs (07.00hrs UAE time).

 

2018 UIM F1 H2O World Championship – standings after round 3:

1. Erik Stark (SWE) Maverick F1 Team/Team Abu Dhabi                           41pts    

2. Thani Al-Qemzi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                                    39pts    

3. Shaun Torrente (USA) Team Abu Dhabi                                    32pts                                     

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

5. Peter Morin (FRA) CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team                        26pts                    

6. Erik Edin (SWE) Team Sweden                                                                11pts                               

7. Ahmed Al-Hameli (UAE) Victory Team                                     10pts    

8. Alex Carella (ITA) Victory Team                                                                9pts                                                               

9. Marit Strømøy (NOR) Emirates Racing Team                                      8pts                      

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

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

11. Jonas Andersson (SWE) Team Sweden                                               5pts                      

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

14. Bartek Marszalak (POL) Emirates Racing Team                      3pts                      

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

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

 

2018 UIM F1 H2O Pole Position Championship – standings after round 3:

1. Erik Stark (SWE) Maverick F1 Team/Team Abu Dhabi                                40pts

2. Philippe Chiappe (FRA) CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team                        37pts    

3. Thani Al-Qemzi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                                    27pts

4. Alex Carella (ITA) Victory Team                                                                24pts                                                                               

5. Shaun Torrente (USA) Team Abu Dhabi                                    20pts                                                     

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

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

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

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

10. Erik Edin (SWE) Team Sweden                                                                7pts                                                       

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

 

2018 F4 Trophy – positions after race 4:                                                               

1. Max Stilz (DEU) Blaze Performance                                                                54pts                               

2. Mohammed Al-Mehairbi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                      39pts                                           

3. Tom Chiappe (FRA) Emirates Racing Team                                      37pts      

4. Pedro Fortuna (PRT) Team Sweden                                                     35pts

5. Wu Bingchen (CHN) CTIC F1 China Team                                     30pts                                                

6. Ahmed Al-Fahim (UAE) Victory Team                                                      26pts                                                                                                       

7. Xavier Autard (FRA) Maverick Racing                                              21pts               

8. Sam Whittle (GBR) F1 Atlantic Team                                                     19pts    

9. Quentin Dailly (FRA) Maverick Racing                                              17pts                                           

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

11. Ian Gonsalves (GUY) Maverick Racing                              3pts

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

 

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TEAM ABU DHABI’S AL-QEMZI CRUSHES HIS RIVALS TO CLAIM START-TO-FINISH F2 VICTORY IN PORTUGAL

RIBADOURO (PORTUGAL): Sunday, September 16:  Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al-Qemzi delivered a decisive winning performance at the Grand Prix of Portugal to inject life into the defence of his UIM F2 World Championship title. The Emirati used his pole qualifying position to full advantage, overcame a restart situation and gradually began to pull away from the rest of the field on the Duoro River in Portugal.

 Running out of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC), Al-Qemzi reached the chequered flag 11.19 seconds in front of Portugal’s local favourite Duarte Benavente and, with series leader Alberto Comparato only managing to finish sixth, Al-Qemzi heads to the final race in Sri Lanka trailing the Italian by an unofficial 16 points with 20 available for the win. 

Al-Qemzi’s team-mate Rashed Al-Tayer qualified for the race in 11th position and moved up two places to be running in ninth overall for the majority of the race. Lithuania’s Edgaras Riabko held second place for much of the race before slipping behind Benavente, while Tobias Munthe-Kaas was classified in fourth place. Four-time UIM F1 H2O World Champion Alex Carella of the Victory Team headed series leader Alberto Comparato in fifth.

“This is a fantastic result for the team and a victory that I knew I had to achieve to stand any chance of winning the World Championship again,” said Al-Qemzi. “The team did a fantastic job with the boat. We showed in qualifying that we were the quickest and to bring it home in first place is a perfect result.”

 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 Portugal 

In addition to the fastest 15 qualifiers for the race on the five-pin, 1.765km race course, a further five were permitted to join the rear of the field after making it through the Repecharge race on Sunday morning.

 

Al-Qemzi lined up on pole position for the 45-lap race and was flanked at the start by Duarte Benavente, Edgaras Riabko and Alex Carella. Rupert Temper and Hector Sanz – who made a remarkable recovery from his crash on Saturday – failed to make it through the last chance saloon after allegedly jump starting the Repecharge green light. Sanz had qualified in fifth place in a race won by Kalle Viippo. Frenchman Philippe Tourre was sidelined before the start after concerns with his safety breathing apparatus.

The race was yellow flagged immediately after an incident involving Daniel Segenmark and boats were called back to the pontoon for an official restart. Segenmark’s damaged hull was removed from the water.

 Al-Qemzi made a terrific start and stormed out in front and began to pull away from his rivals, as Benavente held second and Riabko was third through lap one. The Team Abu Dhabi driver’s lead was six seconds through lap three and Al-Tayer was also on the move and up to ninth overall. Tobias Munthe-Kaas, meanwhile, was under investigation for a jump start.

Riabko passed the Portuguese and began to push on in a bid to catch the leader but the gap remained constant through six laps. The Lithuanian reduced Al-Qemzi’s lead to 4.4 seconds through eight laps and the difference was 3.18 seconds after lap nine and 2.87 seconds heading into lap 11.

Al-Qemzi responded after catching back markers and the margin grew to 4.31 seconds into lap 14, as the leaders held station in a procession. There were no changes to the running order after 19 laps but the leading margin was 10.54 seconds as Al-Qemzi began to put in some impressive lap times topped by a 45.56sec flyer.

 Twenty-three laps down and the Emirati’s lead was 16.38 seconds over Riabko. Benavente, Munthe-Kaas and Carella maintained their top five places and Al-Tayer was settled in ninth place. By lap 30, Al-Qemzi’s advantage was 17.10 seconds as the procession continued with Benavente continuing to challenge Riabko for second place. Trim pump failure accounted for Finland’s Kalle Viippo, who had qualified for the race through the repecharge.

 Al-Qemzi held on to claim his first win of the season and rekindle hopes of defending his world title and Benavente found a way to pass Riabko and snatch second place.

 The UIM F2 World Championship draws to a conclusion at the end of November with a brand new addition to the racing calendar with the Colombo-based Grand Prix of Sri Lanka.

 

2018 Grand Prix of Portugal – result (unofficial @16.54hrs):

1. Rashed Al-Qemzi (UAE)                      43.68sec

2. Duarte Benavente (PRT)                     @11.19sec

3. Edgaras Riabko (LIT)                                        @35.97sec

4. Tobias Munthe-Kaas (NOR)                   @36.59sec                        

5. Alex Carella (ITA)                                      @39.37sec

6. Alberto Comparato (ITA)                      @40.47sec

7. Brent Dillard (USA)                                    @41.56sec

8. Ferdinand Zandbergen (NED)                    @42.84sec                                                                                                        

9. Rashed Al-Tayer (UAE)                        @43.72sec

10. Bimba Sjöholm (SWE)                  @47.28sec

11. Oskar Samuelsson (SWE)                    L1

12. Ola Pettersson (SWE)                    L1

13. Steve Hoult (GBR)                                    L1

14. Owen Jelf (GBR)                                    L1

15. Luca Fornasarig (ITA)                      L6

Kalle Viippo (FIN)                                      RET

Mette Bjerknaes (NOR)                                   RET

Gavin Bricker (AUS)                                    RET

Daniel Segenmark (SWE)                    RET

Philippe Tourre (FRA)                                     DNS

 

2018 UIM F2 World Championship – positions after round 4:

1. Alberto Comparato (ITA)                      45pts    

2. Tobias Munthe-Kaas (NOR)                   31pts   

3. Rashed Al-Qemzi (UAE)                      29pts                                                                                    

4. Edgaras Riabko (LIT)                                        27pts                    

5. Duarte Benavente (PRT)                     18pts                                                    

5. Brent Dillard (USA)                                    18pts    

7. Rashed Al-Tayer (UAE)                        14pts

8. Stefan Hagin (DEU)                                    12pts    

9. Daniel Segenmark (SWE)                    11pts                                                                                                     

10. Alex Carella (ITA)                                      7pts

11. Héctor Sanz (ESP)                                     5pts

12. Ola Pettersson (SWE)                    4pts

13. Ferdinand Zandbergen (NED)    3pts

13. Rupert Temper (AUT)                   3pts

13. Bimba Sjöholm (SWE)                  3pts      

16. Oskar Samuelsson (SWE)                    2pts                      

17. Mette Bjerknaes (NOR)                   1pt

17. Kalle Viippo (FIN)                                      1pt

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