Adverse weather conditions force postponement of Ukraine qualifying

Adverse weather conditions force postponement of Ukraine qualifying

27.07.2013: 2013 UIM F1 H20 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Grand Prix of Ukraine – July 26-28 Team Abu Dhabi’s Al-Qamzi and Al-Hameli play the waiting game

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


Team Abu Dhabi’s Al-Qamzi and Al-Hameli play the waiting game

Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashid Al-Qamzi qualifies seventh but race cancelled

 




Adverse weather conditions delayed Friday evening’s qualifying for Saturday’s Grand Prix of Ukraine on the Kiev Sea until Saturday morning and Team Abu Dhabi’s Thani Al-Qamzi and Ahmed Al-Hameli will have to wait until then to set their qualifying times for the afternoon’s race at Vyshgorod, near Kiev.
 

Strong winds and heavy swells made staging the original qualifying session impossible and the F-4S race was cancelled after Rashed Al-Qamzi had qualified in seventh position for the intended 25-lap race.
 

“It is a bit disappointing that I have not been more competitive at this race event in the past,” said Al-Qamzi. “I guess it happens to every racing driver, some circuits seem to work out better than others. But, this time, I feel we have the confidence to push for a victory this year. It’s great to have Ahmed back. My old fishing partner is feeling a lot better and we are going to push hard to get both Team Abu Dhabi boats on the podium on Saturday.”
 

Team Abu Dhabi runs under the auspices of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC). 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.
 

Al-Qamzi and Al-Hameli had been fourth and ninth in the morning’s free practice in a session that was won by the Finnish championship leader Sami Selio with a quickest lap of 47.96sec.
 


F-4S race 1

 



Rashed Al-Qamzi qualified seventh for the first of the two 20-minute UIM F-4S races behind pole winner Mike Szimura, Niklas Friberg, debutant Nikita Lijcs, Khalid Al-Kuwari, Eirik Danielsson and Jan-Andre Landsnes. But officials decided to cancel the race.
 
 
 
“We will take each race as it comes this season and analyse our performances with our coaching staff to look at the positives and negatives of our performances,” said Al-Qamzi, who only ran for six laps in the morning’s free practice session that was won by Mike Szimura in a time of 41.48sec.
 

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 UAE) and there will be a series of exciting match races for the President’s Cup to round off the weekend on Sunday morning. Racing will be filmed live on the Abu Dhabi Sports Channel.
 

 

Khalid Al Saadi,  photos Team Abu Dhabi

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