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TORRENTE LEADS FROM START TO FINISH TO WIN GRAND PRIX OF PORTUGAL

Team Abu Dhabi make brilliant start to double title defence as Al Qemzi takes second

spot after spectacular challenge 

 

Portimao, Portugal, 19 May, 2019:  Shaun Torrente grabbed an impressive victory in the Grand Prix of Portugal today as Team Abu Dhabi made a perfect start to their

double title defence in the F1H2O World Championship.

Reigning world drivers’ champion Torrente had to fight off a spectacular challenge from team-mate Thani Al Qemzi who finished in second place as the Team Abu Dhabi

duo scored a brilliant one-two finish in Portimao for the second year in a row.

After Torrente had topped qualifying 24 hours earlier from Al Qemzi, the defending F1 team champions had always looked likely to dominate the Grand Prix which kick

started the championship following the opening round weather disruption in Saudi Arabia.

Described by Torrente as “the best starter in the world”, Al Qemzi was unable to force his way into the lead from the off, but with four of 48 laps left had closed to

within 0.4s of the lead to pile the pressure on his team-mate.

Al Qemzi had signalled his intention to make it his day earlier in the afternoon by setting the fastest time in free practice, but Torrente held on to clinch victory by a slender 1.38s,

with Swede Jonas Andersson in third.

 Earlier Team Abu Dhabi’s Mohammed Al-Mehairbi took third place in the weekend’s second F4-S race won by German’s Max Stilz, with Rashed Al-Remeithi finishing seventh

  1. Shaun Torrente – led from start to finish

   2.Thani Al Qemzi – piled the pressure on his team-mate 

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TEAM ABU DHABI AIM FOR WINNING START IN PORTUGAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reigning F1 world champion Torrente feeling good on return to scene

of debut triumph last season

 

 Abu Dhabi, UAE, 15 May, 2019:  Reigning champions Team Abu Dhabi are determined to make a winning start to the 2019 UIM F1H2O World Championship which regroups with the Grand Prix of Portugal this weekend.

 After storms disrupted the opening round of the series in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, defending individual champion Shaun Torrente and team-mate Thani Al Qemzi are especially eager to launch their double title defence with a win in Portimao.

Torrente has particularly good feelings on his return to Portugal where he grabbed pole position and scored a double race win on his debut with Team Abu Dhabi last year.

 “I’m excited to get back to Portugal,” he said. “It was a great Grand Prix for us last year. I felt nervous as it was my first race for Team Abu Dhabi, and I was very happy to come out on top.

 “Going back to a venue where you’ve won before makes you feel that you are good for that race course. I really love that venue and I’m looking forward to racing there again.”

 Added Torrente: “It was very frustrating to not get started in Saudi after all the hard work done by the team to be ready for the new season. We want to get the first Grand Prix in the books and start off on a good foot, and I just can’t wait to get going again in Portimao.”

 Al Qemzi, third in last year’s drivers’ championship, commented: “I have a very good feeling that we will retain our team title this season. But for the time being we’re focused only on this event which will show how strong the competition is this year.

“As for main contenders in the individual championship, I can’t look past my own team-mate. Shaun is definitely the man to beat.”

Among the Team Abu Dhabi duo’s biggest rivals will be France’s three time-world champion Philippe Chiappe who is chasing his fourth win in Portugal in partnership with son-in-law Peter Morin for CTIC F1 Shenzhen China.

 Also relishing action in Portugal with Team Abu Dhabi in the battle for the F4-S Trophy are Mohammed Al-Mehairbi who is looking to build on his fourth place overall finish last season and Rashed Al-Remeithi.

Sponsored by Etihad Airways and run under the umbrella of Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club, Team Abu Dhabi is supported by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and runs under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan, advisor to the Head of State and chairman of the board of directors of the ADIMSC.

Action on the 1.937km Arade River Circuit gets under way on Friday afternoon with free practice ahead of a busy schedule of qualifying and race activity on Saturday and Sunday.

  1. Shaun Torrente is aiming for more Grand Prix success in Portugal
  2. Torrente and Thani Al Qemzi are fully focused on the job to be done in Portimao

 

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AL TAYER CLINCHES FIRST GRAND PRIX VICTORY IN PORTUGAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reigning world freestyle champion All Mulla completes double triumph for 

Team Abu Dhabi with seventh successive win

 Abu Dhabi, UAE, 13 May, 2019: Rashed Al Tayer capped a superb double triumph for Team Abu Dhabi in the 2019 UIM-ABP Aquabike World Championship by recording his first Grand Prix victory in Portugal.

The Emirati fought off a fierce challenge from reigning Runabout GP1 world champion Jeremy Perez to win the deciding moto in dramatic style and claim overall success in this season’s opening Grand Prix in Portimao

Adding to the celebrations for Team Abu Dhabi, Rashid Al Mulla completed a remarkable seventh Grand Prix victory in a row to launch his bid for a second successive world title.

Al Tayer, who had claimed his first win in the UIM-ABP World Slalom Championship less than 24 hours earlier, avenged his narrow defeat by Perez in the opening moto, leading a tense second race from start to finish and holding off the Frenchman’s late surge to win by three seconds.

“I made sure not to make the same mistake as yesterday and let Jeremy get back at me,” said Al Tayer. “He put me under pressure in the closing laps but this time I managed to get through the back markers better and that made the difference.”

Extending his freestyle dominance, Al Mulla scored 89pts out of 100 to take victory ahead of Italian Roberto Mariani. In the Ski Division GP1, Team Abu Dhabi’s Salman Al Awadhi finished tenth overall.

Captions: 1. Rashed Al Tayer - scored a brilliant first Grand Prix victory in Portugal

2. Rashid Al Mulla – the freestyle world champion made it seven wins in a row

 

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TEAM ABU DHABI’S AL TAYER SHOWS WORLD TITLE POTENTIAL IN PORTUGAL

Reigning world freestyle champion Al Mulla stays on course

for seventh straight Grand Prix triumph

 

 Abu Dhabi, UAE, 12 May, 2019:  Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al Tayer produced a sparkling performance in the Grand Prix of Portugal to present himself as a serious title challenger in the 2019 UIM-ABP Aquabike World Championship.

 The Emirati hit the front from the start of the weekend’s first of two GP1 motos and led the race for 14 of its 15 laps in Portimao, opening up a gap of 14 seconds from world champion, Jeremy Perez.

 While Perez eventually fought back to take victory by 4.33s, Al Tayer did enough to suggest that he could emerge as the Frenchman’s biggest rival this season.

 Said Al Tayer: “I made a great start and could see that I had built a good lead and eased off a bit and then suddenly towards the end he was right there with me. I tried to respond and push but I got caught out in traffic and he took advantage.”

 Team Abu Dhabi’s reigning freestyle world champion Rashid Al Mulla stayed on course for a seventh successive Grand Prix victory by scoring 94 points out of 100 in the first moto to win from Italian Roberto Mariani on 80 pts. In the Ski Division GP1, Team Abu Dhabi’s Salman Al Awadhi was in ninth position after two of three motos.

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1.                     Rashed Al Tayer (No.5) leading from the start in Portugal

2.                     Rashid Al Mulla – on top after another sparkling freestyle performance

 

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TEAM ABU DHABI’S AL TAYER CLINCHES WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SLALOM VICTORY IN PORTUGAL

Reigning world freestyle champion Al Mulla stays on course

for seventh straight Grand Prix triumph

Abu Dhabi, UAE, 12 May, 2019:  Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al Tayer produced a sparkling winning performance in the Grand Prix of Portugal to present himself as a serious title challenger in the 2019 UIM-ABP Aquabike World Championship.

 After going close to victory in the first of two GP1 motos in Portimao, the Emirati turned on a brilliant display to win the opening round of the Slalom World Championship.

 Al Tayer beat France’s reigning world champion Jeremy Perez 2-0 before winning the decisive third run in the final against Sweden’s Samuel Johansson.

 It was sweet revenge for Al Tayer who had earlier lost out to Perez in the first of the weekend’s two GP1 races despite leading for 14 of the 15 laps. He eventually had to settle for second place, just 4.33s behind the Frenchman.

 Said Al Tayer: “I made a great start and could see that I had built a good lead and eased off a bit and then suddenly towards the end he was right there with me. I tried to respond and push but I got caught out in traffic and he took advantage.”

 Team Abu Dhabi’s reigning freestyle world champion Rashid Al Mulla stayed on course for a seventh successive Grand Prix victory by scoring 94 points out of 100 in the first moto to win from Italian Roberto Mariani on 80 pts. In the Ski Division GP1, Team Abu Dhabi’s Salman Al Awadhi was in ninth position after two of three motos.

 

Caption:           Rashed Al Tayer – gained revenge over world champion Jeremy Perez.

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TEAM ABU DHABI’S AL MULLA MAKES FLYING START IN PORTUGAL

Freestyle star tops qualifying in bid for seventh successive Grand Prix victory

as Al Tayer impresses in GP1

Abu Dhabi, UAE, 11 May, 2019: Team Abu Dhabi’s defending freestyle champion Rashid Al Mulla made a superb start to the 2019 UIM-ABP Aquabike World Championship, setting the standard from the start in the Grand Prix of Portugal in Portimao.

Aiming for his seventh Grand Prix success in a row, Al Mulla produced an impressive array of tricks to outscore nearest challenger Jaroslav Tirner from the Czech Republic by 14 points to top qualifying.

In the blue riband Runabout GP1 category, Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al Tayer outpaced Kuwait’s world No.1 Yousef Al Abdulrazzaq in the first part of qualifying before eventually going through to the weekend’s first moto as fourth fastest.

Team-mate Salman Al Awadhi was eighth fastest in qualifying for the first moto in Ski Division GP1.

 

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1.  Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashid Al Mulla topped freestyle qualifying in the Grand Prix of Portugal.

2.  Rashed Al Tayer showed good pace in Runabout GP1.

 

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TEAM ABU DHABI’S AL MULLA BEGINS WORLD TITLE DEFENCE IN PORTUGAL

Freestyle star aims for seventh Grand Prix victory in a row as 

Al Tayer switches back from powerboat to jet ski racing

 

Abu Dhabi, UAE, 6 May, 2019:  Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al Mulla will be looking to extend his remarkable unbeaten run to a seventh Grand Prix when the 2019 UIM-ABP

Aquabike World Championship gets under way in Portugal next weekend.

The reigning world freestyle champion begins the defence of his title in the season opening three-day Grand Prix event getting under way in Portimao on Friday.

Dominating the Freestyle category last season, Al Mulla clinched his first world title with a brilliant display in the final round on Khalid Lagoon to complete his sixth Grand Prix win in a row.

Since then the Emirati has been working tirelessly to improve some of his trademark tricks, including barrel-rolls, back-flips, reverse 360s, and combinations, and to develop new ones.

“I’ll be introducing three new tricks in the world championship,” said Al Mulla. “I’ve been working on my backflip, the barrel role and on a double back flip.

I’ve been practicing every day and also working hard in the gym. If I don’t have any problems with the ski I’m 100% confident that I can win the world title again.”

Also representing Team Abu Dhabi in the Grand Prix of Portugal will be Rashid Al Tayer who lines up again in the Runabout GP1 championship and Salman AlAwadhi who contests the Ski Division GP1.

Al Tayer returns to international jet ski racing just a week after helping Team Abu Dhabi produce a brilliant victory in the 24 Hours of Rouen, part of the world powerboat endurance racing series.

Sponsored by Etihad Airways, Team Abu Dhabi runs under the umbrella of Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club which has its sights on multiple world titles this season.

A week after the aquabike grand prix, reigning UIM F1H2O world team champions Shaun Torrente and Thani Al Qemzi begin the defence of their title in Portugal following the weather affected opening round in Saudi Arabia.

“After the success in Rouen we also hope the secure the world F2 endurance title in Poland in July,” said Salem Al-Remeithi, general manager of ADIMSC. “With his talent and commitment in aquabikes, we feel Rashed Al Mulla has everything he needs to be world champion again.”

Team Abu Dhabi is supported by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and runs under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan, advisor to the Head of State and chairman of the board of directors of the Abu Dhabi ADIMSC

 

Captions:  Rashed Al Mulla has been working on some breathtaking new tricks as he looks to retain his world freestyle in the UIM-ABP Aquabike World Championship.

 

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TEAM ABU DHABI ON TOP OF THE WORLD AFTER EMPHATIC VICTORY IN FRANCE

More Formula 1 glory and world endurance crown the targets

following double success in 24 Hours of Rouen

 

Abu Dhabi, UAE, 2 May, 2019:  Team Abu Dhabi, on top of the powerboat racing world after a superb victory in the the 24 Hours of Rouen, quickly set their sights on more championship titles today.

 

Reigning Formula 1 individual champion Shaun Torrente combined with Emiratis Rashed Al Qemzi and Rashed Al Tayer and Italian Tullio Abbate to take Team Abu Dhabi 35 to an overwhelming win in the spectacular endurance race in Northern France.

 

Adding to the celebrations at Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club, the all-Emirati line-up of Faleh Al Mansoori, Rashed Al Remeithi, Majed Al Mansoori and Mohamed Al Mehairbi, contesting the event mainly to gain experience, took Team Abu Dhabi 36 to a superb third place.

 

A jubilant Torrente, who partnered Thani Al Qemzi to the team title in last year’s UIM F1H2O World Championship, said: “We have the best team in the world, the best managers in the world and the best country in the world, so we win.

 

“I just want to thank my fellow drivers and the entire team and management for doing an amazing job. Both boats did really well and it’s another championship for Abu Dhabi.

 

“Now I’m looking to the Formula One in Portugal in two weeks’ time. We’ll be pushing hard as always and aiming to start the season with a win.”

 

With UIM World Endurance Championship now to be decided in Augustów, Poland, in July, Majed Al Mansoori said: “We’re very happy that the team took first and third places here. It was a very good all round performance. Taking these points into the next round gives us a great chance to win the championship.”

 

It was a masterful tactical performance which carried Team Abu Dhabi 35 to their victory in Rouen watched by tens of thousands of spectators lining the banks of the River Sein.

 

They produced a stirring fightback towards the end of the initial 15-hour race session on Wednesday after a refuelling issue followed by an overheating problem had taken away their lead.

 

They eventually surged clear to complete a remarkable 836 laps of the 3.6km river course, 65 more than the French runners up B.R.T. with Alexandre Bourgeot, Jean‐Baptiste Goluley, Thierry Petiot and Dominick Thomas.

 

Next up for Team Abu Dhabi is the second round of this year’s UIM F1H2O World Championship in Portimao, Portugal on 17-19 May where Torrente and Thani Al Qemzi will be looking for a season opening win after round one in Saudi Arabia was cancelled out by storms.

 

Based at Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club and sponsored by Etihad Airways, Team Abu Dhabi is supported by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and runs under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan, advisor to the Head of State and chairman of the board of directors of the ADIMSC.

 

 

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1.                     Team Abu Dhabi 35 powering their way to victory

2.                     Team Abu Dhabi 36 produced a superb performance to take third place

3.                     The Team Abu Dubai crews share the podium with French runners up B.R.T

 

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TORRENTE GIVES TEAM ABU DHABI FLYING START AS EMIRATI CREW EXCEL IN FRANCE

Team Abu Dhabi 35 in strong position to attack with

long tactical battle ahead

 

Abu Dhabi, UAE, 30 April, 2019:  Team Abu Dhabi kept victory in sight in the 24 Hours of Rouen in Northern France today after being given a flying start by reigning F1 world

champion Shaun Torrente.

 With thousands of spectators lining the banks of the River Seine, Torrente powered Team Abu Dhabi 35 into an early lead over Team Nollet 2 spearheaded by France’s

three-times F1H2O world champion Philippe Chiappe.

 Torrente, who landed the individual and team titles with Team Abu Dhabi in last year’s UIM F1H2O World Championship, proved to be the perfect lead off driver, setting the

standard with the fastest lap of 1:19.998 compared with Chiappe’s 1:22.540.

 While the lead then swapped hands on the first changeover of drivers, with Team Abu Dhabi 35 briefly slipping to fifth spot, Rashed Al Tayer quickly climbed back into second

place, and a strong position for attack, as a long tactical battle lay ahead with the bulk of the race left to run.

 After 155 laps of the 3.6km river course through the city of Rouen, the big surprise was the performance from Team Abu Dhabi 36 to claim third position overall.

 The all-Emirati crew of Majed Al Mansoori, Faleh Al Mansoori, Mohamed Al Mehairbi and Rashed Al Remeithi were basically entered to gain valuable endurance race experience.

 But Al Mansoori’s splendid start saw them far exceed expectations as they moved past Team Nollet 1, the all-Russian defending champions featuring brothers Roman and Dmitry

Vandyshev.

 Guido Cappellini, the Team Abu Dhabi team manager, said: “This is a very tactical race and a lot can happen to affect the lead positions over the next few hours, but at this

stage we’re happy with our situation.

 “We’re here to win with boat 35, and Shaun has laid the foundations, while 36 have made a very good start and this is great experience for the crew.”  Following Al Tayer

into the cockpit of Team Abu Dhabi 35, Rashed Al Qemzi and Italian Tullio Abbate were primed for a major effort as the initial 11-hour race session continued, to be followed

after a break by another nine-hour stint leading to the finish at 4pm tomorrow.

 Based at Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club and sponsored by Etihad Airways, Team Abu Dhabi is supported by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and runs under the

patronage of H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan, advisor to the Head of State and chairman of the board of directors of the ADIMSC.

 

Caption:          Reigning F1H2O world champion Shaun Torrente powered Team Abu Dhabi 35 into an early lead in Rouen.

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