Team Abu Dhabi's Al-Qamzi and Al-Hameli look to close gap on leaders at Ukraine GP

Team Abu Dhabi's Al-Qamzi and Al-Hameli look to close gap on leaders at Ukraine GP

24.07.2013: 2013 UIM F1 H20 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Grand Prix of Ukraine July 26-28

2013 UIM F1 H20 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Grand Prix of Ukraine –  July 26-28



Team Abu Dhabi’s Mohammed Al-Mehairbi joined by Rashid Al-Qamzi on Kiev Sea



Team Abu Dhabi’s Thani Al-Qamzi and Ahmed Al-Hameli are in Eastern Europe with the rest of the team making their final preparations for Saturday’s Grand Prix of Ukraine on the Kiev Sea at Vyshgorod.


Al-Qamzi and Al-Hameli finished fourth and seventh respectively in the inaugural Grand Prix of Brazil on Brasilia’s Lake Paranoá at the start of last month, but the Emirati duo know that to win this year’s world title will need podium finishes sooner rather than later and the Kiev Sea course is the place for Team Abu Dhabi to start making this happen. Team Mad Croc’s Sami Selio currently has a five-point lead over Qatar’s Shaun Torrente in the points’ standings.


For Al-Hameli, Brazil marked a remarkable return to racing after a near year-long battle against serious illness, but the Team Abu Dhabi driver is determined to improve on that finish, especially after he finished second on the Kiev Sea last year. Once again, Team Abu Dhabi is taking part in a race during the Holy Month of Ramadan; the Kiev race has fallen within this period for the last two years and Team Abu Dhabi also raced in China during this period.


Mohammed Al-Mehairbi will be joined by Rashid Al-Qamzi to represent Team Abu Dhabi in the two UIM F-4S races for the Eurofin Trophy on Friday and Saturday. Swede Niklas Friberg is the man to beat after winning the first two races in Brazil. Racer Faleh Al-Mansoori will also travel to Kiev with the UAE team.


Team Abu Dhabi runs under the auspices of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) with support from the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA). Salem Al-Romaithi acts as the team head and works alongside team manager Scott Gillman, with the team running under the patronage of His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan. Etihad Airways is the official carrier for Team Abu Dhabi.




“I have every confidence in the ability of the team to deliver the results that we need,” enthused His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, as the team left for Ukraine. “I hope that they can be as competitive as possible to put themselves firmly in contention for the world title.”


Salem Al-Romaithi, the assistant general manager of the ADIMSC, is also confident: “we really are thinking that we can get two boats on the podium in this race. Both Thani and Ahmed have the ability to get to the top of the leader board. They have the strength and experience and the elements of skill and mastery that are needed.”


Technical scrutineering gets the weekend’s timetable underway on Thursday before Team Abu Dhabi takes to the water for the first free practice session from 11.15hrs (12.15hrs UAE time) on Friday. The first of the two F-4S races gets underway at 17.00hrs (18.00hrs UAE) and the F1 qualification session follows at 18.00hrs (19.00hrs UAE).


Further free practice is permitted for the F1 and F-4S entrants on Saturday morning and the second F-4S race starts at 15.00hrs (16.00hrs UAE). The 2013 Grand Prix of Ukraine fires into life at 18.00hrs (19.00hrs) and there will be a series of exciting match races for the President’s Cup to round off the weekend on Sunday morning.
 




2013 UIM F1 H20 Championship – positions after round 1

1. Sami Selio (FIN) Mad-Croc Baba Racing Team        20 pts       
2. Shaun Torrente (QAT) Qatar Team            15 pts   
3. Alex Carella (QAT) Qatar Team                12 pts
4. Thani Al-Qamzi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi            9 pts   
5. Phillipe Chiappe (FRA) CTIC China Team            7 pts
6. Francesco Cantando (ITA) Singha F1 Racing Team    5 pts   
7. Ahmed Al-Hameli (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi             4 pts   
8. Valerio Lagiannella (ITA) Singha F1 Racing Team        3 pts
9. Yousef Al-Rubayan (KWT) F1 Atlantic Team        2 pts
10. Marit Stromoy (NOR) Team Nautica             1 pt



- Audrey Graham, photos Team Abu Dhabi

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24.07.2013 / MaP

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