ABU DHABI INTERNATIONAL MARINE SPORTS CLUB

TEAM ABU DHABI’S F2 DREAMS QUASHED AS WEATHER FORCES CANCELLATION OF ROUND TWO IN DENMARK

AALBORG (DENMARK): Sunday, June 17:  Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al-Qemzi and Rashed Al-Tayer saw all their hard work in qualifying come to nothing when race officials were left with no alternative other than to cancel the Grand Prix of Denmark, the second round of the UIM F2 World Championship, because of hazardous weather conditions on Aalborg’s Limfjord.

 

The first race at the venue in 30 years started as planned, but a heavy crash involving American Brent Dillard brought out the yellow flag almost immediately and drivers admitted that there was a severe wind chop on the course when the decision was taken to bring the remaining boats back to the start pontoon.

 

After a lengthy delay and ongoing discussions, race officials were left with no alternative other than to cancel the race meeting for safety reasons. Al-Qemzi said: “I was happy with the boat all through the qualifying sessions and it was a matter of keeping it going for the race. But safety must always come first and this was a decision that was made with careful thought to the race conditions.”

 

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 Denmark

 

Six drivers had been given the opportunity to qualify for the Grand Prix in a 15-minute Repecharge race on Sunday morning. Frode Sundsdal, Uvis Slakteris, Nick Bisterfeld, Sebastien Haugaard, Gavin Bricker and Mansoor Al-Mansoori made it through to the main Grand Prix at the rear of the 20-boat field.

 

Rashed Al-Qemzi and Rashed Al-Tayer lined up in pole and 10th positions for the start of the race in overcast and windy conditions on the Limfjord after rain showers before the start.

 

Germany’s Stefan Hagin made a storming start to snatch the lead and the German began to pull away through the opening turns until the yellow flag was raised with Hagin leading from Daniel Segenmark, Ferdinand Zandbergen, Al-Tayer and Al-Qemzi, Al-Tayer making up six places from the start. Brent Dillard was the man involved in the yellow flag incident and the American was sidelined after flipping his boat out of contention in the wind.

 

Racing could have restarted on lap four but the original start was declared void with a red flag and drivers returned to the start pontoon and reverted back to their pole qualifying order. Al-Qemzi regained his advantage from Tobias Munthe-Kaas and Hagin and Al-Tayer was pushed back to ninth place.

 

But there was a substantial time delay while race officials waiting for better water conditions with a cut-off of 15.00hrs looming for organisers and Officer of the Day Pelle Larsson unless a new race permit could be issued to extend the duration of the race. Unfortunately, a decision soon followed to cancel the race weekend, marking a third race to be cancelled in the UIM F2 calendar in the space of two seasons.

 

Action in the UIM F2 World Championship resumes with the Grand Prix of Norway in Tønsberg on August 5-6.

 

2018 UIM F2 World Championship – positions after round 2:

1. Alberto Comparato (ITA)                      20pts

2. Edgaras Riabko (LIT)                                        15pts                    

3. Stefan Hagin (DEU)                                    12pts

4. Rashed Al-Qemzi (UAE)                      9pts                                                                                                      

5. Tobias Munthe-Kaas (NOR)                   7pts

6. Brent Dillard (USA)                                    5pts

7. Daniel Segenmark (SWE)                    4pts                                                                                                      

8. Duarte Benavente (PRT)                     3pts                                      

9. Oskar Samuelsson (SWE)                    2pts                      

10. Mette Bjerknaes (SWE)                    1pt

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TEAM ABU DHABI’S THANI AL-QEMZI MOVES UP TO SECOND IN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WITH FOURTH PLACE IN GRAND PRIX OF LONDON

  Team Abu Dhabi’s Shaun Torrente disqualified after collision with turn buoys

  Maverick Team’s Erik Stark claims victory; Philippe Chiappe in second and leads title race

  Mohammed Al-Mehairbi crashes out of F4 race; second London victory for Max Stilz

 

LONDON (ENGLAND): Sunday, June 17:  Team Abu Dhabi’s Thani Al-Qemzi moved up to second position in the UIM F1 H2O World Championship standings after finishing fourth in a dramatic Grand Prix of London at the Royal Victoria Dock in East London on Sunday.

 

The first race in the British capital for 33 years was yellow-flagged on two occasions, but the delays failed to prevent Erik Stark of the Maverick F1 Team from leading from start-to-finish to seal victory and 20 valuable championship points.

 

Three-time World Champion Philippe Chiappe of the CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team shadowed the young Swede to the finish in second position and had the consolation of moving into a three-point World Championship lead over Al-Qemzi. Chiappe’s French team-mate Peter Morin rounded off the podium places in front of thousands of spectators in the heart of the British capital.

 

Team Abu Dhabi’s Shaun Torrente climbed from eighth to sixth place before colliding with two turn buoys on the 10th lap. The American was disqualified to cap a miserable weekend for the former championship leader. Defending World Champion Alex Carella crashed out of fourth position on lap 36 and only 10 of the original 18 entrants reached the chequered flag. Finland’s Sami Selio and Australian Grant Trask rounded off the top six.

 

Team Abu Dhabi’s Mohammed Al-Mehairbi qualified in second position behind Frenchman Xavier Autard for the second of the weekend’s F4 Trophy races but the Emirati crashed out of contention on the opening lap. A spin by Autard dropped him to an eventual fourth and that paved the way for German driver Max Stilz to seal a second win of the weekend and a useful championship lead after four races.

 

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

 

GP of London

 

The Team Abu Dhabi duo of Torrente and Al-Qemzi lined up in eighth and 13th places for the first race in London for 33 years, but the American was still frustrated by the performance in qualifying. He said: “We made too many small mistakes, especially me, I chose the wrong propeller for Q2 and I never had a clean lap. I had a really good one and the last corner, I got blocked a bit. We were disappointed, but the race was a new day and the plan was to salvage the race with a good performance.

 

Stark led Chiappe and Carella from the start pontoon into 54 laps of the 1.72km, three-pin course on the River Thames. Overcast and slighty windy conditions greeted teams and the decision was taken to use a rolling start instead of a static take-off from the pontoon. Filip Roms was forced to start at the rear of the field.

 

Stark maintained his advantage over Chiappe, Carella and Morin through the opening lap, as Torrente climbed to seventh and Al-Qemzi stormed into ninth place. Morin found a way passed Carella to snatch third place and Torrente tried to make up ground from an outside line in slightly cleaner water. He managed to pass Erik Edin and snatch sixth place, as Stark held a 2.43 second lead over Chiappe through seven laps.

 

But the race was yellow-flagged on lap 10 when Torrente collided with two turn buoys and was disqualified. Neither Roms nor Bartek Marszalek made the start with engine issues.

 

Action resumed on lap 16 and Stark held his line to stay in front of Chiappe, Morin and Cantando, with Carella slipping to fifth and Al-Qemzi holding eighth. Jonas Andersson also found a way passed the defending champion to hold fifth through 20 laps. Edin slipped down to ninth place with a damaged pickle fork, as Stark held a 2.52-second lead over Chiappe through 24 laps and Al-Qemzi maintained eighth.

 

Grant Trask overtook Edin to snatch eighth position, but the leading seven drivers held station into lap 27 and there were no changes in the running order until Andersson succumbed to engine issues and retired on lap 29. His demise lifted Carella into fourth and Al-Qemzi into sixth place. Edin had also fallen by the wayside.

 

Stark led Chiappe by 3.1 seconds into lap 32, but Cantando ground to a halt on the far west of the course and lost his place inside the top 10 and Mette Bjerknaes also withdrew. Carella, who had also been running with a broken pickle fork, then overturned his Victory Team boat on lap 36 and forced a second yellow flag with 18 laps remaining.

 

Only 10 boats remained in the race when action restarted on lap 44. Stark, Chiappe and Morin maintained their top three places, but Al-Qemzi snatched fourth place from Selio and began to pressurise Morin for the last podium place. Cedric Deguisne overtook Duarte Benavente to earn ninth place heading into the last few laps.

 

Stark was not to be denied, however, and the Maverick Team driver stayed ahead of Chiappe to seal a 3.34-second victory. Chiappe moved into the World Championship lead with second place and Morin wrapped up the final podium position from Al-Qemzi.

 

Ahmed Al-Hameli and Marit Strømøy had edged in front of Torrente, Chiappe and Al-Qemzi in the closing stages of the morning’s free practice session that the Team Abu Dhabi duo had dominated for long periods. The Victory Tea driver won the session with a lap of 39.42sec, after being docked a Q2 qualifying lap on Saturday, but it was a big improvement for both Torrente and Al-Qemzi with the American carding a best run of 39.97sec.

 

F4 – race 2

 

Frenchman Xavier Autard led Mohammed Al-Mehairbi and race one winner Max Stilz into the second of the weekend’s 25-lap F4 Trophy races. Autard made a good start and continued to hold the lead, as Al-Mehairbi flipped out of contention and Sam Whittle narrowly avoided contact with the Emirati as the yellow flag brought racing to a halt. Tom Chiappe was a non-starter.

 

Action resumed on lap four and Autard continued to lead from Stilz, Whittle and Ahmed Al-Fahim of the Victory Team. But the Maverick Team driver spun out of the lead at the Connaught Bridge end of the course on lap eight and gifted the lead to Stilz, with Whittle moving into second place and Al-Fahim climbing to third.

 

The German began to edge clear of his rivals and led by 4.35 seconds at the halfway point, although young Whittle stayed in contention and closed slightly over the next few laps. With five laps to run the difference was down to 2.37 seconds but Stilz hld on to claim a second win of the weekend and surge into the championship lead from Al-Mehairbi and Chiappe. Whittle and Al-Fahim rounded off the podium positions with the Briton reaching the chequered flag just 2.45 seconds behind the German.

 

Al-Mehairbi beat Stilz and Autard in the morning’s last free practice, but the qualifying session was the crucial factor and the Emirati began well to move into second place behind Autard with a lap of 42.05sec. Neither Tom Chiappe nor Louise Vella started the stint after their crashes on Saturday afternoon although Sam Whittle’s boat was repaired after his indiscretion. Vella was waiting for a new engine for her race boat.

 

Autard held on to claim pole position with a time of 40.98sec and Al-Mehairbi and Stilz were classified in second and third of the six boats on the water.

 

Action in the 2018 UIM F1 H2O World Championship resumes at Évian-les-Baines in the Rhône-Alpes region of south-eastern France on June 29-July 1.

 

2018 Grand Prix of London – result:

1. Erik Stark (SWE) Maverick F1 Team                                                     54 laps

2. Philippe Chiappe (FRA) CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team                        @3.34sec                          

3. Peter Morin (FRA) CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team                        @6.67sec          

4. Thani Al-Qemzi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                                    @16.12sec        

5. Sami Selio (FIN) Mad-Croc Baba Racing Team                                                @19.52sec                    

6. Grant Trask (AUS) F1 Atlantic Team                                                @23.73sec

7. Marit Strømøy (NOR) Emirates Racing Team                                      @27.62sec                                        

8. Ahmed Al-Hameli (UAE) Victory Team                                                     L1               

9. Cédric Deguisne (FRA) Maverick F1 Team                                     L1

10. Duarte Benavente (PRT) F1 Atlantic Team                                     L1

Mette Bjerknaes (NOR) Maverick F1 Team                                     DNF

Alex Carella (ITA) Victory Team                                                                     DNF

Francesco Cantando (ITA) Blaze F1 Team                                   DNF

Jonas Andersson (SWE) Team Sweden                                                               DNF      

Erik Edin (SWE) Team Sweden                                                                   DNF                                                      

Shaun Torrente (USA) Team Abu Dhabi                                                           DSQ                                                                      

Simone Schuft (DEU) Blaze F1 Team                                                     DNF

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

Bartek Marszalak (POL)Emirates Racing Team                                      DNS                      

 

2018 UIM F1 H2O World Championship – standings after round 2:

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

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

3. Erik Stark (SWE) Maverick F1 Racing                                                             21pts    

4. Shaun Torrente (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                                    20pts                                    

5. Peter Morin (FRA) CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team                        19pts                    

6. Alex Carella (ITA) Victory Team                                                                9pts                                                               

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

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

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

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

11. Marit Strømøy (NOR) Emirates Racing Team                                      4pts                      

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

13. Erik Edin (SWE) Team Sweden                                                                2pts                               

13. Cédric Deguisne (FRA) Maverick F1 Team                                     2pts

 

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 RASHED AL-QEMZI STORMS INTO POLE POSITION FOR GRAND PRIX OF DENMARK IN AALBORG

Rashed Al-Tayer qualifies in 10th position for Danish race; Dillard and Munthe-Kaas tied in second

                  

AALBORG (DENMARK): Saturday, June 16:  Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al-Qemzi and Rashed Al-Tayer got to grips with qualifying for the Grand Prix of Denmark, the second round of the UIM F2 World Championship, and will start Sunday’s race on the seven-pin, 1.94km course on Aalborg’s Limfjord from pole and 10thpositions.

 

Twenty-five boats took part in Saturday afternoon’s qualifying session held in overcast and slightly windy conditions. American Brent Dillard impressed with a flying qualifying lap of 49.72sec and that was matched to the fraction of a second by Norway’s Tobias Munthe-Kaas.

 

But Al-Qemzi was the last of the drivers out on the course and, having confirmed third place on his opening run, the defending UIM F2 World Champion stormed into pole position on his second run with a time of 49.25sec. Germany’s Stefan Hagin carded a time of 50.03sec to claim fourth position. Al-Tayer had been the first of the 10 Q3 runners on to the course and qualified in 10th with a time of 52.66sec.

 

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.

 

Qualifying

 

Qualifying was split into three sessions and Q1 was also split into two stints, with 13 boats taking to the water in the first one. Comparato moved to the top of the early rankings with a lap of 53.57sec only for Hagin to card a 52.03sec lap to snatch the lead and Segenmark to move into second with a 52.87sec run. Kalle Viippo, Mansoor Al-Mansoori and Ola Pettersson were three of the drivers eliminated.

 

Both Rashed Al-Qemzi and Rashed Al-Tayer lined up in the second group and the defending champion started well with a quick lap of 53.90sec to snatch the lead. Al-Tayer carded a 56.16 to move into fifth place. Dillard moved up to second with a 54.69sec after 12 minutes of the stint and pushed Al-Tayer down to sixth place and Riabko clocked a 54.47sec as well to move into second, only to be displaced by Ustinov soon afterwards. Al-Tayer retained fifth with a quicker lap of 54.97sec.

 

Oskar Samuelsson only managed two laps and was eliminated along with the likes of Uvis Slakteris and Gavin Bricker, as Al-Qemzi won the session with his fastest lap of 53.47sec and Dillard moved into second late on with a 53.54sec tour.

 

A further four boats would be eliminated in Q2 to reduce the number to 10 for Q3. Dillard made his intent known from the outset and laid down the gauntlet with a 53.22sec lap to move in front of Al-Qemzi (53.59sec). But the Emirati stormed back with a 52.18sec flyer to snatch the advantage and book his place in Q3.

 

Owen Jelf started the session seven minutes late and Al-Tayer was struggling at the rear of the field in 14th and in need of a fast lap to move into the top 10. The Emirati responded superbly to set a time of 53.97sec and moved into sixth place but began to drop back again as his rivals carded quicker times. He finished the session in 10th position, as Alberto Comparato, Christian Carlsen,  Bimba Sjöholm  and Héctor Sanz were eliminated.

 

Al-Tayer was first to clock a lap in Q3 and the Team Abu Dhabi driver set the target lap of 52.66sec on his first run. Riabko responded with a best run of 50.94sec and Jelf recorded a best run of 51.90sec. Hagin was next on to the course and the German stormed into provisional pole with a best lap of 50.03sec. Dutchman Ferdinand Zandbergen could not match the German with his best lap of 51.12sec and Daniel Segenmark also fell short with a sole lap of 51.03sec.

 

Dillard was on another level, however, and the American snatched the lead with a flying opener of 49.72sec. Konstantin Ustinov’s best lap was his second run of 50.28sec. Tobias Munthe-Kaas clocked an opener of 50.15sec and then equalled Dillard with a 49.72. That paved the way for Al-Qemzi to draw the curtain on qualifying and the Emirati opened with a lap of 49.75sec to move into third position and stormed into pole position on iis last lap with a 49.25sec flyer.

 

Practice

 

Al-Qemzi dominated the practice session on Saturday morning with a best early lap of 51.41sec and that put him at the top of the early standings, with Hagin, Comparato and Samuelsson holding the top four positions. Al-Tayer was down in 14th position with a best lap of 54.47sec. Al-Qemzi eventually confirmed the session win with a lap of 50.55sec, as Dillard and Munthe-Kaas climbed into second and third positions and Christian Carlsen rounded off the top four.

 

There will be further warm-up laps available on Sunday morning, prior to a Repecharge race, and the Grand Prix of Denmark is scheduled for 13.15hrs, so as not to clash with the UIM F1 H20 Grand Prix of London.

 

2018 Grand Prix of Denmark – qualifying times:

Q3

1. Rashed Al-Qemzi (UAE)                      49.25sec                                                                                                             

2. Brent Dillard (USA)                                    49.72sec

2. Tobias Munthe-Kaas (NOR)                   49.72sec             

4. Stefan Hagin (DEU)                                    50.03sec

5. Konstantin Ustinov (RUS)                    50.28sec

6. Edgaras Riabko (LIT)                                        50.94sec                             

7. Daniel Segenmark (SWE)                    51.03sec

8. Ferdinand Zandbergen (NED)                    51.12sec

9. Owen Jelf (GBR)                                    51.90sec

10. Rashed Al-Tayer (UAE)                        52.66sec

Q2

11. Alberto Comparato (ITA)                      54.00sec             

12. Christian Carlsen (NOR)                   54.03sec             

13. Bimba Sjöholm (SWE)                  54.19sec

14. Héctor Sanz (ESP)                                     54.69sec                                            

 

 

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TEAM ABU DHABI’S SHAUN TORRENTE QUALIFIES IN EIGHTH PLACE FOR GRAND PRIX OF LONDON

Team Abu Dhabi’s Thani Al-Qemzi misses Q2 and qualifies in 13th; pole for Maverick’s Erik Stark

  • Mohammed Al-Mehairbi finishes second in dramatic F4 Trophy race; victory for Stilz

 

LONDON (ENGLAND): Saturday, June 16:  Team Abu Dhabi’s Shaun Torrente and Thani Al-Qemzi suffered a disappointing BRM qualifying session for the Grand Prix of London, the second round of the UIM F1 H2O World Championship, at Royal Victoria Dock in East London on Saturday afternoon.

 

Nineteen boats have entered the first race to be held in the English capital for 33 years and the two drivers running out of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) could not find the necessary pace on the 1.72km, three-pin course which featured two 850-metre straights.

 

A frustrated Torrente missed out on Q3 and qualified in eighth position, while Al-Qemzi looked to be safely through to the Q2 session only to miss out in the last minute of Q1. The experienced Emirati will line up for the race in 13th.

 

Erik Stark of the Maverick F1 Team stunned his rivals with a 37.71sec time to beat three-time World Champion Philippe Chiappe of the CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team and claim his third career pole position. Defending World Champion Alex Carella rounded off the podium positions for the Victory Team.

 

Chiappe’s fellow Frenchman Peter Morin carded a flying lap of 38.44sec to qualify fourth. Sweden’s Erik Edin was fifth and Poland’s Bartek Marszalek rounded off the top six.

 

Team Abu Dhabi’s Mohammed Al-Mehairbi qualified fifth for the first of the two F4 Trophy races and reached the chequered flag in second position behind German driver Max Stilz in an action-packed race where the yellow flag was used on three occasions. Al-Mehairbi now leads the F4 Trophy by two points after three races from Frenchman Tom Chiappe of the Emirates Racing Team, who crashed on the last lap of the day’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 umbrella of the ADIMSC, board member and general manager Salem Al-Remeithi and team manager Guido Cappellini.

 

BRM Qualifying

 

Qualifying was split into two sessions of 30 minutes and 20 minutes and the traditional six-boat shoot-out on the tricky course on the River Thames with seven boats eliminated in Q1 and a further six in Q2. Peter Morin carded his intent from the outset with a lap of 42.88sec and that lap was only surpassed by Carella’s 42.81sec after five minutes of the session. Torrente was safe in third with a time of 43.11sec.

 

Filip Roms retired after 10 minutes of the session with technical issues, as Thani Al-Qemzi moved to the top of the rankings with a lap of 41.61sec and moved ahead of Duarte Benavente, Chiappe, Erik Stark and Ahmed Al-Hameli. Torrente found himself down in 11th position and then moved to the front of the field with a flying lap of 41.36sec to confirm his place in Q2. Erik Edin eventually won the session with a lap of 40.56sec from Ahmed Al-Hameli and Bartek Marszalek. Torrente finished in 11th

 

Female drivers Simone Schuft, debutant Mette Bjerknaes and fellow Norwegian Marit Strømøy (fuel flow issues) were eventually eliminated alongside Cedric Deguisne, Roms, Grant Trask and Thani Al-Qemzi, who slipped into the bottom seven in the last minute of the session. 

 

Another six drivers would be eliminated in Q2. Francesco Cantando carded an early target time of 40.49sec and that was quickly surpassed by Edin’s 40.44sec flyer. Stark ran a 40.13sec to take the lead, as Sami Selio and Torrente entered the fray, the latter having made a propeller change.

 

Carella topped the times with a 40.03sec lap with 11 minutes remaining, but Torrente was in trouble and running out of time to make the top six in choppy conditions. He languished in ninth heading into the last two minutes of the session and was not able to move up higher than eighth in a session that fell to Carella from Chiappe and Stark. Jonas Andersson, Selio, Duarte Benavente, Cantando and Al-Hameli were also eliminated.

 

Marszalek was the first on to the course for the six-boat Q3 shoot-out and the Pole carded the target of 41.55sec. Morin was next out and the Frenchman clocked an opening flyer of 38.44sec. Young Swede Edin began with a 42.36sec and improved with a second lap of 39.69sec to move ahead of the Pole.

 

Stark was next on to the water and the Maverick Team driver clocked a 37.71sec opener to claim provisional pole. Chiappe opened his account with a lap of 37.89sec but was not able to beat the Swede. Carella aborted his first run in a time of 44.89sec and the Victory Team driver clocked a 38.15sec second run to qualify in third place behind Stark and Chiappe.

 

F1 Practice

 

Torrente mixed it with Carella and Chiappe in the official practice session on Saturday morning. With 19 minutes of the session remaining, Carella topped the times with a 39.28sec lap, but Torrente proved that pre-race testing had been beneficial by posting a stunning time of 39.05sec to surge back to the top of the standings. Al-Qemzi was down in ninth place with a best tour of 41 seconds.

 

But Erik Stark rocked the established drivers with a potent lap of 38.95sec with less than nine minutes of the session remaining to head the standings, only for Chiappe to run even quicker almost immediately with a tour of 38.42sec. Torrente retaliated with a 38.94sec to regain second position and also gave an indication of what teams could expect from a BRM Qualifying session in the afternoon.

 

The Team Abu Dhabi driver then ran even quicker with six minutes remaining to post a 38.34sec lap. Carella ran a 38.56sec tour in the closing minutes but Torrente held on to claim the session win. Al-Qemzi was ninth of the 19 drivers.

 

Eighteen drivers took to the water for extra practice on Friday afternoon. Torrente commented on the conditions: “With a lot of boats on the water, it gets rough real quick and then, depending on the wind, one lap you get a big gust and the next nothing.”

 

F4 – race one

 

Xavier Autard of the Maverick Racing team claimed pole position for the first of the two F4 Trophy races with a best lap of 41.09sec in a session that finished under the yellow flag. Tom Chiappe was 7/100ths of a second behind and Mohammed Al-Mehairbi qualified in fifth place behind Sam Whittle and Max Stilz.

 

Autard led the eight boats into the 25-lap race that was yellow-flagged immediately when young Sam Whittle flipped out of the reckoning. Autard held his lead from the re-start from Stilz and Al-Mehairbi as Chiappe survived a spin. Stilz gained the lead on the fourth lap and Al-Mehairbi also passed the Frenchman to snatch second position soon afterwards. Autard then lost third place to young Australian Louise Vella after a spin.

 

The leaders held station through 16 laps, but Vella flipped out of contention on lap 17 and the yellow flag came into play again. Action resumed on lap 21 with four remaining. Stilz held on to reach the chequered flag 2.05 seconds ahead of Al-Mehairbi and Autard rounded off the podium positions after an action-packed opening race that finished under another yellow flag after Chiappe rolled on the final lap and slipped from fourth to sixth.

 

Further F4 practice and time trials start at 09.10hrs on Sunday morning and F1 crews will be permitted a one-hour warm-up from 10.15hrs. The green flag will be waved for the second F4 race at 13.30hrs and the Grand Prix of London is scheduled for 15.00hrs (18.00hrs UAE time).

 

2018 Grand Prix of London – BRM Qualifying:

Q3

  1. Erik Stark (SWE) Maverick F1 Team                                 37.71sec
  2. Philippe Chiappe (FRA) CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team 37.89sec                             
  3. Alex Carella (ITA) Victory Team                                 38.15sec
  4. Peter Morin (FRA) CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team 38.44sec             
  5. Erik Edin (SWE) Team Sweden                 39.69sec                                                             
  6. Bartek Marszalak (POL)Emirates Racing Team                 41.55sec                             

Q2

  1. Francesco Cantando (ITA) Blaze F1 Team                 40.49sec
  2. Shaun Torrente (USA) Team Abu Dhabi 40.69sec                                                                             
  3. Ahmed Al-Hameli (UAE) Victory Team                 40.84sec                 
  4. Duarte Benavente (PRT) F1 Atlantic Team                 41.11sec
  5. Jonas Andersson (SWE) Team Sweden                 41.39sec                             
  6. Sami Selio (FIN) Mad-Croc Baba Racing Team 41.53sec                        

Q1

  1. Thani Al-Qemzi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi 41.61sec             
  2. Grant Trask (AUS) F1 Atlantic Team                 41.89sec
  3. Marit Strømøy (NOR) Emirates Racing Team                 42.63sec                                             
  4. Cédric Deguisne (FRA) Maverick F1 Team                 44.05sec
  5. Filip Roms (FIN) Mad-Croc Baba Racing Team 44.29sec                                                                        
  6. Simone Schuft (DEU) Blaze F1 Team                 45.92sec
  7. Mette Bjerknaes (NOR) Maverick F1 Team                 46.56sec

 

2018 UIM F1 H2O Pole Position Championship – standings after round 2:

  1. Alex Carella (ITA) Victory Team                                 24pts                                                                               
  2. Philippe Chiappe (FRA) CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team 22pts    
  3. Shaun Torrente (USA) Team Abu Dhabi 20pts                                                    
  4. Erik Stark (SWE) Maverick F1 Team                                 20pts
  5. Thani Al-Qemzi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi 15pts
  6. Peter Morin (FRA) CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team 14pts
  7. Ahmed Al-Hameli (UAE) Victory Team                 9pts
  8. Erik Edin (SWE) Team Sweden                 7pts                                                      
  9. Bartek Marszalak (POL) Emirates Racing Team                 5pts                      

 

2018 F4 Trophy – positions after race 3:                                                               

  1. Mohammed Al-Mehairbi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi 39pts                                          
  2. Tom Chiappe (FRA) Emirates Racing Team                 37pts      
  3. Pedro Fortuna (PRT) Team Sweden                 35pts
  4. Max Stilz (DEU) Blaze Performance                                 34pts                               
  5. Wu Bingchen (CHN) CTIC F1 China Team                 23pts                                                
  6. Quentin Dailly (FRA) Maverick Racing                 17pts                                          
  7. Ahmed Al-Fahim (UAE) Victory Team                 14pts                                                                                                    
  8. Xavier Autard (FRA) Maverick Racing                 12pts
  9. Louise Vella (AUS) Mad-Croc Baba Racing Team 4pts
  10. Sam Whittle (GBR) F1 Atlantic Team                 4pts
  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 RASHED AL-QEMZI SKIPS LONDON RACE TO MAINTAIN DEFENCE OF F2 TITLE IN DENMARK

  Rashed Al-Tayer to drive second Team Abu Dhabi boat in Aalborg

                  

AALBORG (DENMARK): Tuesday, June 12:  Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al-Qemzi misses out on his chance to shine in Sunday’s new UIM F1 H2O Grand Prix of London to take part in this weekend’s Grand Prix of Denmark, the second round of the UIM F2 World Championship, that has been arranged for the same weekend.

 Al-Qemzi, who clinched the prestigious F2 title last year in Portugal, teams up with Rashed Al-Tayer for the weekend’s race that is being staged on Limfjord between the two parts of the city of Aalborg. Aalborg lies to the south of the fjord and Nørresundby lies to the north.

 The Emiratis endured mixed fortunes at the first round of the well-supported F2 series in Kaunas, Lithuania, last month. Al-Qemzi finished fourth behind Italy’s Alberto Comparato, local driver Edgaras Riabko and Germany’s Stefan Hagin to claim nine valuable championship points. Al-Tayer on the other hand, was running strongly and setting impressive lap times, but he crashed out of the race and failed to pick up any points from a series opener that saw 28 boats battling for supremacy on Kaunas Reservoir.

 With Sweden’s Mette Bjerknaes and Portugal’s Duarte Benavente missing the Danish race to take part in the F1 H2O round in London and Italy’s Ivan Brigada and David Del Pin also reportedly absent, the door is open for the likes of Comparato, Riabko, Hagin and Norway’s Tobias Munthe-Kaas to challenge the Team Abu Dhabi duo for the podium places on the Limfjord course.

 Spaniard Héctor Sanz crashed heavily at the last round and visited the DAC factory in Italy en route from Riba Roja d’Ebre in Catalunya to Denmark to collect his rebuilt boat this week. Along with the likes of American Brent Dillard, the Swedish trio of Daniel Segenmark, Oskar Samuelsson and Johan Österberg, Norway’s Frode Sundsdal and the Victory Team’s Mansoor Al-Mansoori, Sanz will be hoping to kick-start his campaign with a top finish in what promises to be a thrilling spectacle on Danish waters.

 “I made a solid start in Lithuania and managed to put some points on the board,” said Team Abu Dhabi’s Al-Qemzi. “There is a big field of boats this year and it is important to get the right set-up quickly and deliver a good performance in qualifying. Drivers are very closely matched and any small mistake can be costly.”

 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 weekend’s racing is being organised by Dansk Racerbåds Klub in association with the Danmarks Motor Union (DMU) and Powerboat Denmark on a seven-pin, 1.94km course.

 Aalborg is a city in the Jutland region of Denmark and the fourth largest in the country with a population of over 136,000 including 22,000 in the twin city of Nørresundby, 600 metres across the fjord. The city is situated 118km north of Aarhus and 412km from the capital city of Copenhagen.

 Free practice gets the weekend’s action underway from 15.15hrs on Friday afternoon (June 15) and that precedes the traditional Match Race at 17.30hrs. Further free practice will be permitted on Saturday morning before the all-important qualifying session starts at 14.00hrs for the first of two groups of boats.

 There will be further warm-up laps available on Sunday morning , prior to a Repecharge race, and the Grand Prix of Denmark is scheduled for 13.15hrs, so as not to clash with the UIM F1 H20 Grand Prix of London.

 

2018 UIM F2 World Championship – positions after round 1:

1. Alberto Comparato (ITA)                      20pts

2. Edgaras Riabko (LIT)                                        15pts                    

3. Stefan Hagin (DEU)                                    12pts

4. Rashed Al-Qemzi (UAE)                      9pts                                                                                                         

5. Tobias Munthe-Kaas (NOR)                   7pts

6. Brent Dillard (USA)                                    5pts

7. Daniel Segenmark (SWE)                    4pts                                                                                                         

8. Duarte Benavente (PRT)                     3pts                                       

9. Oskar Samuelsson (SWE)                    2pts                      

10. Mette Bjerknaes (SWE)                    1pt

 

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TEAM ABU DHABI’S TORRENTE AND AL-QEMZI BID FOR SUCCESS ON NEW-LOOK LONDON RACE CIRCUIT IN ROYAL VICTORIA DOCK

Team members test in Italy to deliver perfect set-up for new high-speed course on River Thames

 

LONDON (ENGLAND): Monday, June 11:  Team Abu Dhabi’s Shaun Torrente and Thani Al-Qemzi head to England this weekend to take part in the new Grand Prix of London, a thrilling addition to the UIM F1 H2O World Championship calendar that is sure to attract many thousands of new followers to the sport in the heart of England’s capital.

 

Race officials have devised a course on the River Thames in the centre of East London and the Emirati duo will be hoping to build upon the tremendous start to a season that saw Torrente and Thani Al-Qemzi claim first and second overall for the team running out of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) in last month’s Grand Prix of Portugal.

 

The race at Royal Victoria Dock is being organised by BRM Europe UK with permission from Idea Marketing SA and under the auspices of the UIM and the Royal Yachting Association (RYA). It will take place on a 1.72km, three-pin elongated rectangular-type course where Torrente is convinced boats will top speeds of 230km/h on the two 850-metre straights.

 

Championship leader Torrente said: “I’m really excited about this weekend. I am in Italy for final preparations. I have a brand new boat in Italy that is identical to my race boat and we are going to test some new propellers for the course. It’s going to be amazing to be in London, with all the history and the culture and the large fan base, but the racecourse is going to be very different for us drivers. It’s more like I used to race in the United States with long straights and one-pin turns. I’ve had a lot of experience with that.

 

“That is the positive, but the negative is it’s a bit less fun because the course is less technical. The hard thing is getting the boats that are no longer designed to go on such long straights to handle at high speeds on the long straights. The plan was to work on that over two or three days before heading to London. We are happy where we are and I, personally, want to go for another win.”

 

Team Abu Dhabi faces its usual competition from the likes of three-time World Champion Philippe Chiappe of the CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team – who finished third in Portugal – and the Victory Team duo of defending World Champion Alex Carella and his team-mate Ahmed Al-Hameli. They began the season with fourth and sixth-placed finishes, sandwiching Chiappe’s team-mate Peter Morin in fifth.

 

Two-time World Champion Sami Selio will be hoping to bounce back from disappointment in Portugal and Sweden’s Erik Edin and Norway’s Marit Strømøy will be chasing much-needed championship points. The weekend will also mark the UIM F1 H2O racing debut of Sweden’s Mette Bjerknaes in the Maverick F1 Team.

 

Team Abu Dhabi has entered Mohammed Al-Mehairbi in the F4 Trophy category. Drivers will tackle two 20-minute races over the weekend in London. Team Sweden’s Pedro Fortuna of Portugal holds a three-point lead over Frenchman Tom Chiappe of the Emirates Racing Team after the first two races on the Algarve. Al-Mehairbi holds third in the points’ standings.

 

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

 

The weekend’s timetable gets underway with scrutineering and administration on Friday morning (June 15) and teams will be permitted to carry out extra free practice between 15.00hrs and 17.00hrs. Free practice and time trials for the F4 entrants get underway at 09.00hrs on Saturday morning and precede official F1 practice from 10.15hrs. The first of the two F4 races takes centre stage at 14.30hrs and BRM Qualifying for F1 boats starts at 15.30hrs.

 

Further F4 practice and time trials start at 09.10hrs on Sunday morning (June 17) and F1 crews will be permitted a one-hour warm-up from 10.15hrs. The green flag will be waved for the second of the F4 races at 13.30hrs and the flagship Grand Prix of London is scheduled for 15.00hrs.

 

2018 Grand Prix of London – provisional entries (unofficial):

Thani Al-Qemzi (UAE)                                                    Team Abu Dhabi                                           

Shaun Torrente (USA)                                                    Team Abu Dhabi                                                                            

Philippe Chiappe (FRA)                                                    CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team                                        

Peter Morin (FRA)                                                     CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team                       

Ahmed Al-Hameli (UAE)                                     Victory Team                                                         

Alex Carella (ITA)                                                      Victory Team                                                               

Marit Strømøy (NOR)                                                   Emirates Racing Team                                   

Bartek Marszalak (POL)                                                     Emirates Racing Team                                   

Grant Trask (AUS)                                                    F1 Atlantic Team    

Duarte Benavente (PRT)                                     F1 Atlantic Team                                    

Erik Edin (SWE)                                                                                   Team Sweden                                                               

Jonas Andersson (SWE)                                                    Team Sweden                                               

Sami Selio (FIN)                                                      Mad-Croc Baba Racing Team                               

Filip Roms (FIN)                                                      Mad-Croc Baba Racing Team                                                                               

Francesco Cantando (ITA)                                                  Blaze F1 Team

Simone Schuft (DEU)                                                    Blaze F1 Team                              

Erik Stark (SWE) or Mike Szymura (DEU)                    Maverick F1 Team

Cédric Deguisne (FRA)                                                     Maverick F1 Team

Mette Bjerknaes (SWE)                                                    Maverick F1 Team

 

2018 UIM F1 H2O World Championship – standings after round 1:

1. Shaun Torrente (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                                    20pts                                     

2. Thani Al-Qemzi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                                    15pts

3. Philippe Chiappe (FRA) CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team                        12pts    

4. Alex Carella (ITA) Victory Team                                                                9pts                                                               

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

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

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

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

9. Erik Edin (SWE) Team Sweden                                                                2pts                               

10. Erik Stark (SWE) Maverick F1 Racing                                                              1pt

 

2018 UIM F1 H2O Pole Position Championship – standings after round 1:

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

2. Thani Al-Qemzi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                                    15pts

3. Alex Carella (ITA) Victory Team                                                                12pts                                                                               

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

5. Philippe Chiappe (FRA) CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team                        7pts      

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

 

2018 F4 Trophy – positions after race 2:                                                               

1. Pedro Fortuna (PRT) Team Sweden                                                     35pts

2. Tom Chiappe (FRA) Emirates Racing Team                                      32pts 

3. Mohammed Al-Mehairbi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                      24pts                                           

4. Quentin Dailly (FRA) Maverick Racing                                              17pts                                           

5. Max Stilz (DEU) Blaze Performance                                                                14pts                               

6. Wu Bingchen (CHN) CTIC F1 China Team                                     14pts                                

7. Ahmed Al-Fahim (UAE) Victory Team                                                      7pts                                                                                        

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

9. Ian Gonsalves (GUY) Maverick Racing                                              3pts

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

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TEAM ABU DHABI’S RASHID AL-MULLA EXTENDS HIS FREESTYLE CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD WITH DOUBLE VICTORY IN SARDINIA

  Rashed Al-Tayer misses out on Moto 2 points; Jeremy Perez wins Runabout GP1 category

 

OLBIA (SARDINIA): Monday, June 4:  Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashid Al-Mulla made it four heat wins out of four and two Grand Prix victories in successive weekends with another impressive Freestyle performance in Moto 2 at the UIM-ABP Aquabike World Championship in the Grand Prix of the Mediterranean, late on Sunday afternoon in Olbia.

 

The 31-year-old Emirati was matched in terms of variety and quantity by world number one Roberto Mariani of Italy, but Al-Mulla outscored the defending champion on style, according to the panel of judges who watched the Freestyle entrants perform their spectacular routines on the water. Italy’s Alberto Camerlengo  came in third and Russia’s Alexander Kuramshin was a close fourth.

 

Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al-Tayer couldn’t follow up his impressive Moto 1 performance with a repeat result in Moto 2 and was unable to add to his points tally in a second Runabout GP1 scrap that was won by Hungarian racer Gyorgy Kasza from Frenchman Jeremy Perez and Kuwait’s Yousef Al-Abdulrazzaq.

 

Perez was given the overall GP victory, courtesy of the 45 points he scored for a first and second-placed finish in the two heats. Kasza finished second and Al-Tayer amassed 13 points for his fourth overall in Moto 1 to finish the weekend in seventh place.

 

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.

 

Action in the UIM-ABP Aquabike World Championship resumes in Nansha, China, on September 14-16.

 

2018 UIM-ABP Grand Prix of the Mediterranean – Freestyle Moto 2 result

1. Rashid Al-Mulla (UAE)                        93pts

2. Roberto Mariani (ITA)                                     82pts

3. Alberto Camerlengo (ITA)                      60pts

4. Alexander Kuramshin (RUS)                     59pts

 

2018 UIM-ABP World Championship – current Freestyle standings

1. Rashid Al-Mulla (UAE)                        100pts

2. Roberto Mariani (ITA)                                     80pts

3. Alberto Camerlengo (ITA)                      59pts

4. Alexander Kuramshin (RUS)                     51pts

5. Paolo Nunes (PRT)                                     39pts

 

2018 UIM-ABP Grand Prix of the Mediterranean – Runabout GP1 overall result (Moto 1 and Moto 2)

1. Jeremy Perez (FRA)                                        45pts

2. Gyorgy Kasza (HUN)                                   41pts

3. Yousef Al-Abdulrazzaq (KUW)                   36pts

4. Dmitry Tsukov (RUS)                                     23pts

7. Rashid Al-Tayer (UAE)                        13pts

 

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TEAM ABU DHABI’S RASHID AL-MULLA RESUMES FREESTYLE TITLE CHALLENGE IN SARDINIA

     Rashed Al-Tayer to make first appearance of season in Runabout GP1 category

 OLBIA (ITALY): Wednesday, May 30:  Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashid Al-Mulla resumes his quest for Freestyle category points in the

UIM-ABP Aquabike World Championship at this weekend’s Grand Prix of the Mediterranean off the shore of the city of Olbia in Sardinia.

 

Despite a minor arm injury, the 31-year-old Dubai-based water artist dominated the two heats at the opening round in Gallipoli last weekend and, as the entire field of Runabout GT1, Ski Division and Ski Ladies entrants join the Freestyle contingent on the picturesque Italian island, Al-Mulla will be hoping to pull clear of his series rivals.

 

Both Nak and Roc Floranjcic missed the opening race weekend on the eastern coast of Italy and that enabled Al-Mulla to card his eighth consecutive heat triumph, third successive Grand Prix win and storm into a 10-point championship lead over the Italian world number one Roberto Mariani. Alberto Camerlengo holds third place in the points’ standings and Portugal’s Paulo Nunes and Russia’s Alexander Kuramshin are fourth and fifth.

 

Rashed Al-Tayer missed the opening round of the UIM-ABP Tour in Gallipoli because the event was a direct date clash with the Team Abu Dhabi racer’s UIM F2 World Championship commitments in Kaunas, Lithuania.

 

The Emirati will now make his first appearance of the season in the hotly-contested Runabout GP1 category where he faces fierce competition from the likes of Kuwait’s Gallipoli winner Yousef Al-Abdulrazzaq, Frenchman Jeremy Perez, Hungarian racer Gyorgy Kasza and Sweden’s Lars Akerblom.

 

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.

 

Olbia is a coastal city in north-eastern Sardinia and features an historic port and a main ferry port on an island in the bay. It thrives on the tourism industry. The weekend’s racing is being organised under the auspices of the UIM and the Federazione Italiana Motonautica and Aquabike Promotion Ltd.

 

Freestyle entrants will be permitted to practice for 20 minutes between 09.30hrs and 14.00hrs on Friday (June 1) before the pole position session start at 16.30hrs. There will be two competitive sessions on Saturday (June 2) starting with Moto 1 for all categories at 09.30hrs and then an evening Moto 2 session for the Freestyle entrants between 20.30hrs and 22.00hrs.

 

Further free practice will be permitted for all classes between 09.30hrs and 13.00hrs on Sunday (June 3) and Moto 3 takes place between 14.30hrs and 19.00hrs.

 

2018 UIM-ABP World Championship – current Freestyle standings

1. Rashid Al-Mulla (UAE)                        50pts

2. Roberto Mariani (ITA)                                     40pts

3. Alberto Camerlengo (ITA)                      32pts

4. Paolo Nunes (PRT)                                     26pts

5. Alexander Kuramshin (RUS)                     22pts

 

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Mohammed bin Sultan bin Khalifa renews hopes (Prince of the Sea)


ABU DHABI : ( UAE ), Tuesday May 29 : His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan, Vice-President and CEO of the ADIMSC renews hopes (Prince of the Sea) ,
In response to what Al-Ittihad published last week about the young boy Salman Yunis Al-Awadi, the 16-year-old champion of the UAE and the world in water bikes,

and his reluctance to participate for the first time in the series of world championships, Sheikh Mohammed bin Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, ordered to join the Abu Dhabi team for Aquabike World Championships on June 2 and 3 at the Olivia italy next week to adopt the skills of Salman Younis Al Awadi and embrace his talent.

Salem Al Rumaithi, Director of Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club, said that the UAE was fortunate in its wise leadership of sports and athletes, noting that Sheikh  Mohammed bin Sultan bin Khalifa immediately brought the player to the club and his participation in the Italian championship. He said: "We have contacted Salman and his family, and asked them for the required papers, to know about his previous achievements, both beginners and professionals, in the
categories of runabout GP 1 , and we found a great response from him and from his father.
We can't in UAE disregard any sports Talent can achieving the achievements of its country

 

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