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All-Emirati crew claim commanding race win while Torrente, Al Qemzi,
Al Tayer, Abbate secure title on Necko Lake
Abu Dhabi, UAE, 14 July, 2019: Team Abu Dhabi wrapped up their first major powerboat racing title of the season today as Shaun Torrente, Rashed Al Qemzi, Rashed Al Tayer and Italian Tullio Abbate clinched the World Endurance Championships in Augustów, Poland.
This time the honours on the day went to the all-Emirati crew of Majed Al Mansoori, Mohamed Al Mehairbi, Rashed Al Remeithi and Faleh Al Mansoori in Abu Dhabi 36 who recorded a commanding victory in the second of two back-to-back six-hour races to finish runners up in the series.
But sixth place was enough to ensure American Torrente, Emiratis Al Qemzi and Al Tayer and Italian Tullio in Abu Dhabi 35 secured the world endurance crown following their win 24 hours earlier and success two months ago in the 24 Hours of Rouen in France.
They had looked set to complete the series with a 100% winning record after leading comfortably for more than four hours today before being briefly forced out of the race to make technical modifications.
Having shadowed their team-mates in second place virtually from the start, Abu Dhabi 36 suddenly found themselves with a commanding lead and ultimately cruised to victory by 19 laps from the Navikart Soliodaires French crew of Sebastien Lemoine, Olivier Betin and Stephane Lemoine Russians Konstantin Ustinov and Dimitry Vandyshev and Lithuania’s Edgaras Riabko in Nollet 2 were third another five laps behind.
While these are still early days in the season, the result in Poland underlines the prospect of four world powerboat racing titles ending up at Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club.
Ten-times former F1H20 world champion Guido Cappellini, who recently signed a new long-term contract to guide the fortunes of Team Abu Dhabi until 2025, certainly believes the quadruple is possible.
He has already seen reigning world champion Torrente set the pace in this year’s F1H20 series while Rashed Al Qemzi has taken an immediate lead in the UIM F2 championship.
From Poland Cappellini quickly switches focus to the UIM XCAT World Championship in which Torrente and Faleh Al Mansoori begin their title defence in Stresa, Italy next weekend.
1. Team Abu Dhabi’s new world endurance champions Shaun Torrente, Rashed Al Qemzi, Rashed Al Tayer and Tullio Abbate
2. The all-Emirati crew of Majed Al Mansoori, Mohamed Al Mehairbi, Rashed Al Remeithi and Faleh Al Mansoori cruised to victory in Abu Dhabi 36.
Title favourites aim to reproduce form which gave them 24 Hours of Rouen victory
Abu Dhabi, UAE, 12 July, 2019: Shaun Torrente says patience will be a key factor as Team Abu Dhabi aim to secure the first of four world powerboat racing titles this season in Poland over the weekend.
The reigning F1 world champion along with Emiratis Rashed Al Qemzi and Rashed Al Tayer and Italian Tullio Abbate in Abu Dhabi 35 are firm favourites heading into the decisive round of the World Endurance Championships getting under way in Augustów tomorrow.
But before starting today’s official practice session on the Necko Lake, Torrente made it clear that the crew will need to reproduce the level of performance which gave them an emphatic win in the 24 Hours of Rouen in France two months ago.
With the first of two six-hour races to follow tomorrow, Torrente said: “The key is to be patient, and not push too hard, especially in the first race. Just as it was in Rouen, we can’t afford to do anything to damage the boat. We’re all excited about the weekend and the chance to clinch the world championship.
Also among the top contenders in Poland are the all-Emirati crew of Faleh Al Mansoori, Rashed Al Remeithi, Majed Al Mansoori and Mohamed Al Mehairbi who took Abu Dhabi 36 to third place in France.
While Torrente leads this season’s UIM F1H2O World Championship, Rashed Al Qemzi tops the current F2 standings. Meanwhile, next weekend in Stresa, Italy Torrente begins his defence of the UIM XCAT World Championship with Faleh Al Mansoori.
24 Hours of Rouen winners dominate first six-hour race
on Necko Lake
Abu Dhabi, UAE, 13 July, 2019: Team Abu Dhabi took a big step towards their first world powerboat racing title of the season today by dominating the opening
leg of the Necko Endurance race in Augustów, Poland.
The combination of Shaun Torrente, Emiratis Rashed Al Qemzi and Rashed Al Tayer and Italian Tullio Abbate in Abu Dhabi 35 strengthened their grip on
the World Endurance Championships with victory in the first of the weekend’s two back-to-back races.
The result puts them in a commanding position to secure the world endurance crown if they can avoid any mechanical failures or major mistakes in thesecond six-hour race getting under way at 11am local time tomorrow.
Meanwhile, a fourth place finish on the Necko Lake today means the all-Emirati crew of Majed Al Mansoori, Mohamed Al Mehairbi, Rashed Al Remeithi and
Faleh Al Mansoori in Abu Dhabi 36 can take third overall in the championship with a similar performance tomorrow.
With reigning F1H2O world champion Torrente first in action, Abu Dhabi 35 took an immediate lead when the first race got under way as they looked to build on
their impressive victory in the 24 Hours of Rouen in France two months ago.
Only briefly did they lose the advantage towards the half way point, firstly to the Navikart Soliodaires French crew of Sebastien Lemoine, Olivier Betin and Stephane Lemoine and then to Russians Konstantin Ustinov and Dimitry Vandyshev and Lithuania’s Edgaras Riabko in Nollet 2.
At this point there was often as little as two seconds separating the leaders, but over the last two hours Abu Dhabi 35 gradually eased away to complete 294 laps
by the finish, three more than Nollet 2 in second place and third-placed Navikart Soliodaires. Abu Dhabi 36 finished 276 laps in fourth position.
If Torrente, Al Qemzi Al Tayer and Abbate avoid problems tomorrow they will deliver the first of four world powerboat racing titles being targeted this
season by Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club.
Torrente, who leads this season’s UIM F1H2O World Championship, heads straight from Poland to Stresa, Italy to begin his defence of the UIM XCAT World Championship with Faleh Al Mansoori. Meanwhile Rashed Al Qemzi tops the current F2 standings.
Caption: Team Abu Dhabi 35 powering their way to victory in Poland to strengthen their grip on the World Endurance ChampionshipsRead More
24 Hours of Rouen winners chase decisive victory in Poland
Abu Dhabi, UAE, 9 July, 2019: Team Abu Dhabi’s pursuit of a quadruple world powerboat racing triumph switches to northern Poland this weekend as they look to clinch a first major title of the season.
Reigning Formula 1 individual champion Shaun Torrente, Emiratis Rashed Al Qemzi and Rashed Al Tayer and Italian Tullio Abbate have the upper hand as they head into the decisive round of the World Endurance Championships in Augustów.
Victory in the 24 Hours of Rouen in France two months ago for the crew of Abu Dhabi 35 has put them in pole position for the Necko Endurance, which consists of two six-hour races on Saturday and Sunday.
The all-Emirati line-up of Faleh Al Mansoori, Rashed Al Remeithi, Majed Al Mansoori and Mohamed Al Mehairbi, who took Team Abu Dhabi 36 to third place in Rouen, will also be in the hunt again on the Necko Lake.
The two crews have been spending two days training in San Nazzaro, Italy this week under the guidance of team manager Guido Cappellini and Salem Al Remeithi, General Manager of Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club, prior to the start of practice on Necko Lake on Friday.
With four powerboat world titles the outright target for the team this season, Torrente tops the UIM F1H2O World Championship standings while Rashed Al Qemzi leads the F2 title race after his recent victory in Lithuania.
Torrente hopes to have the world endurance crown in his possession before heading straight from Poland to Italy to begin his defence of the UIM XCAT World Championship alongside Faleh Al Mansoori the following weekend.
“It’s one step at a time and we have to stay focused on the next race,” said the American who maintained his lead in this year’s F1 title race with second place in Sunday’s Grand Prix of France.
Al Qemzi grabs another podium finish as Team Abu Dhabi
tighten grip on team title race
Abu Dhabi, 7 July, 2019: Team Abu Dhabi’s Shaun Torrente maintained his overall lead in the 2019 UIM F1H2O World Championship today with a battling performance to finish second in the Grand Prix of France.
After starting in fourth position, reigning world champion Torrente produced a determined bid to claim his ninth Grand Prix win before finally being edged out by Sweden’s Jonas Andersson by 1.97 seconds.
With Thani Al Qemzi also climbing two places from the start to take the third podium place, Team Abu Dhabi tightened their grip on the overall F1 team championship which they won so convincingly last year.
There was drama on the 14th lap when France’s three-times former world champion Phillipe Chiappe, enjoying a seven seconds lead over Andersson after a flying start from pole position, was halted by mechanical problems.
Moments later the race was yellow flagged after another Frenchman, Cédric Deguisne, turned his boat over, and from the re-start Torrente had Team Amaravati’s new leader, Andersson, in his sights and kept the pressure on all the way to the finish.
Torrent said at the finish: “I pushed hard to try and force Jonas into a mistake, while making sure I didn’t make any mistakes myself to stay ahead in the championship.”
Torrente was fourth fastest and Al Qemzi fifth when the qualifying session postponed from Saturday was run in better condition on Lac Leman today, with just 0.9 secs separating the top six.
1. Shaun Torrente 35pts
2. Jonas Andersson 32pts
3. Thani Al Qemzi 27pts
4. Peter Morin 16pts
5. Marit Stromoy 16pts
6. Bartek Marszalek 8pts
1. Team Abu Dhabi 62pts
2. Team Amaravati 32pts
3. Emirates Racing 24pts
4. CTIC F1 Shenzhen China 16pts
1. Team Abu Dhabi’s Shaun Torrente – maintained his lead in the F1 drivers’ standings
2. Thani Al Qemzi – another podium finish in the French Grand Prix.Read More
Torrente, Al Qemzi looking to build on superb start to UIM F1H2O World Championship
Abu Dhabi, 4 July, 2019: Team Abu Dhabi aim for a fourth successive victory in the Grand Prix of France this weekend as Shaun Torrente and Thani Al Qemzi look to build ontheir impressive start to the 2019 UIM F1H2O World Championship.
The reigning team champions return to action in Evian on the traditionally unpredictable waters of Lake Geneva after a one-two success in Portugal where Torrente’s slender victory over Al Qemzi hinted that the team-mates could dominate the chase for this season’s drivers’ crown.
While the host nation has never produced a French Grand Prix winner, Team Abu Dhabi have every reason to approach the event with confidence.
They filled the podium in France last year, with Erik Stark wining from Al Qemzi and eventual world F1 champion Torrente, and the duo will be aiming to extend team manager Guido Capellini’s impressive history of Grand Prix success in France.
Cappellini won the event five times in his career, albeit when the race was run at Chalon sur Saône, and after taking charge of Team Abu Dhabi in 2015 guided Alex Carella to successive victories in Evian over the next two years.
“We’ve made no changes since Portugal,” said the Italian ten-times former world champion. “The boats are the same and strategy is the same. We’re not worrying about conditions, we’re focusing on getting everything right from our point of view. We want to make sure Shaun and Thani go into the weekend in the right frame of mind to beat the opposition.”
In Torrente and Al Qemzi, he has two drivers who clearly mix well, their friendly rivalry motivating each other to go flat out for the individual No.1 spot, while being equally aware that the F1 team title is a major target at Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club.
Having scored eight career Grand Prix victories apiece, both are focused on a ninth win in Evian, where the boats take to Lake Geneva for free practice at 10.15 am local time on Saturday prior to afternoon qualifying for Sunday’s Grand Prix getting under way at 3.00 pm.
Also heading back into action with Team Abu Dhabi in Evian are Mohammed Al-Mehairbi and Rashed Al-Remeithi who are both looking to ignite their challenge in the F4-S Trophy series.
F1H2O World Championship drivers’ standings
1. Shaun Torrente - Team Abu Dhabi20pts
2. Thani Al Qemzi - Team Abu Dhabi15
3. Jonas Andersson - Team Amaravati12
4. Peter Morin - CTIC F1 Shenzen China9
5. Marit Stromoyv - Emirates Racing7
6. Bartek Marszalek – Emirates Racing5
F1H2O World Championship team standings
1. Team Abu Dhabi35pts
2. Team Amaravati12
3. Emirates Racing12
4. CTIC F1 Shenzhen China9
6. F1 Atlantic3
Emirati driver claims opening round victory as
race ends in drama
Abu Dhabi, UAE, 30 June, 2019: Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al Qemzi launched his bid to regain the UIM F2 World Championship title with victory in the Lithuania Grand Prix today as the opening round of the season ended in dramatic fashion.
The 2017 world champion won in Kaunas for the second time in three years when Norwegian Tobias Munthe-Kaas collected a one lap penalty for a race buoy infringement after finishing ahead of the Emirati.
It meant a perfect start to the season for Al Qemzi, who began the opening round of the 2019 season in pole position after dominating the previous day’s qualifying session.
On a day when gusting winds again created problems for the 20 drivers, Al Qemzi immediately lost his advantage when the 45 lap race got under way, dropping to third as Germany’s Stefan Hagin powered his way into the lead from Munthe-Kaas.
The top three stayed that way until a 26th lap yellow flag when one of the turn buoys was dislodged, and from the restart Al Qemzi took second place as Hagin suffered power steering problems.
Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al Tayer, who had recovered from a crash in qualifying to start the race, went out of the Grand Prix at this point when rammed at the same turn.
Caption: Rashed Al Qemzi on his way to victory in Lithuania
Emirati driver in brilliant form as he launches bid
to win back F2 world powerboat racing title
Abu Dhabi, UAE, 29 June, 2019: Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al Qemzi showed the form which took him to the UIM F2 World Championship two years ago as he secured pole position for tomorrow’s Lithuania Grand Prix in brilliant fashion.
Al Qemzi, runner up in last year’s championship, underlined his determination to return the F2 title to Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club by dominating the opening day of the 2019 season in cold and windy conditions on the Kaunas Reservoir.
The Emirati driver at times looked in a class of his own, and he won the final ten-boat qualifying shoot out in spectacular style, needing just one lap to post a winning time of 45.46 secs to eclipse Norway’s Tobias Munthe-Kaas.
Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al Tayer was a victim of the difficult conditions when he crashed while holding second place during an earlier qualifying group session, but he will now look to secure a Grand Prix start in tomorrow’s repechage.
There were no problems for Al Qemzi, who initially set the fastest time in the first free practice session before the course was shortened after Finland’s Kalle Viippo avoided injury when his boat flipped over in gusting winds.
The Emirati, whose race victory in Kaunas two years ago on his F2 debut laid the foundations for his title triumph, set a best lap time of 46.41 secs to easily top his group’s qualifying times by 1.62 secs from Latvia’s Uvis Slakteris.
Al Qemzi was so dominant that he was able to sit out more than half of the qualifying session, and the quality of his performance was highlighted when Germany’s Stefan Hagin was 1.6 secs slower in heading the second qualifying group.
The Abu Dhabi drivers had stopped off in Italy en-route to Lithuania for practice under the watchful eye of team manager Guido Cappellini who is asking them to emulate Shaun Torrente and Thani Al Qemzi, the reigning F1H2O world champions.
Reflecting on the day’s action, Cappellini said: “It was a perfect start for Rashid (Al Qemzi) who is in very good condition. Rashed Al Tayer had the accident in windy conditions, but he is fine and the boat is ok so he will be racing tomorrow.”
Caption: Pointing the way towards another world title – Team Abu Dhabi manager Guido Cappellini with Rashed Al Qemzi.
Cappellini hopes F1 success can inspire his F2 world title challengers
Abu Dhabi, UAE, 28 June, 2019: After a pre-season warm-up in Italy, Team Abu Dhabi are ready for an all-out assault on the 2019 UIM F2 World Championship which launches its new season in Lithuania tomorrow.
Rashed Al Qemzi, the 2017 F2 world champion, and Rashed Al Tayer, are primed and eager to start the campaign after a final training session staged by team manager Guido Cappellini in San Nazzaro this week en route to the Lithuania Grand Prix.
The two Emiratis will be among 24 drivers from 14 nations taking part in official practice on the Kaunas Reservoir tomorrow morning ahead of the later qualifying sessions for Sunday afternoon’s opening race of the season.
Capellini, who recently signed a new long-term contract to guide Team Abu Dhabi up to 2025, hopes Al Qemzi and Al Tayer can follow the lead of Shaun Torrente and Thani Al Qemzi who captured another F1H2O world title for the team last season and top this year’s standings.
They face intense competition however, not least from American Brent Dillard and Norway’s Tobias Munthe Kaas who are expected to be among the top contenders in the series which concludes in Abu Dhabi from 5-7 December.
For Al Qemzi, last year’s F2 runner-up, there is obvious motivation to be found this weekend as he scored a superb championship debut victory in Lithuania two years ago on his way to the F2 crown.
Caption: Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al QemziRead More