Fierce competition to clinch 21st UIM F1H2O World Championship in Sharjah
Team Abu Dhabi secures seventh UIM F1H2O Teams’ World Championship title
Sharjah, December 17, 2022
The 21st UIM F1H2O World Champion will be determined tomorrow (Sunday) with the conclusion of the Sharjah Grand Prix of the Middle East – the final world championship round of the 2022 season- organised by Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA), under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Bin Sultan AlQasimi, Crown Prince, Deputy Ruler of Sharjah and Chairman of the Sharjah Executive Council.
The concluding day will commence at 8:30 am with two free practice sessions followed by a qualification lap to determine racers’ starting positions in the 3 pm Sharjah Grand Prix of the Middle East, which will be the grounds for a high-octane battle between Shaun Torrente (Boat 6) and Thani Al Qemzi (Boat 5) from the Abu Dhabi team, and the current UIM F1H2O World Champion Jonas Andersson (Boat 1).
On Friday, the Swedish world champion won the Road to Sharjah Grand Prix of Sharjah race, snatching 20 valuable points that placed him 3 points behind Torrente, who is currently topping the UIM F1H2O Championship chart, and suffered electrical problems and poor engine performance, which caused him to finish the race in the sixth position. Teammate Al Qemzi was the 7th to cross the finish line, which lowered his world championship rank this season to third place with 59 points.
The UIM F1H2O has announced on today (Saturday) that team Abu Dhabi secured the seventh UIM F1H2O Teams’ World Championship title following the Road to Sharjah Grand Prix of Sharjah race on Friday, where Torrente and Al Qemzi completed the race in sixth and seventh positions, respectively. Abu Dhabi was crowned champions in 2012, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 editions.
Commenting on the title, Guido Capellini, the Abu Dhabi team manager, said: “We asserted again our ability to clinch UIM F1H2O Teams World Championship. Now our focus is on the race on Sunday to secure a second title this year, the coveted 21st UIM F1H2O World Championship title.”
The final results for the UIM F1H2O Teams World Championship:
1. Team Abu Dhabi (128pts)
2. Team Sweden (78pts)
3. Sharjah Team (49pts)
4. Gillman Racing (39pts)
5. China CTIC Team (34pts)
6. Strømøy Racing F1H2O Team (28pts)
7. Maverick Racing (17pts)
8. Comparato F1 (14pts)
The Current UIM F1H2O World Championship standings:
1. American Shaun Torrente, Team Abu Dhabi (69pts)
2. Swedish Jonas Andersson, Team Sweden (66pts)
3. Emirati Thani Al-Qemzi, Team Abu Dhabi (59pts)
4. Finnish Alec Weckström, Gillman Racing (39pts)
5. Dutch Ferdinand Zandbergen, Sharjah Team (34pts)
6. French Peter Morin, China CTIC Team (21pts)
7. Polish Bartek Marszalek, Strømøy Racing F1H2O Team (18pt)
8. Finnish Sami Selio, Sharjah Team (15pts)
9. Italian Alberto Comparato, Comparato F1 (14pts)
10. French Philippe Chiappe, China CTIC Team (13pts)