Ahmad Al Hameli wins Sharjah GP while Sami Selio takes the 2010 World Championship

Ahmad Al Hameli wins Sharjah GP while Sami Selio takes the 2010 World Championship

10.12.2010: The Grand Prix of Sharjah was won by Ahmad Al Hameli after 35 laps leading from start to finish ahead of Sami Selio (Team Mad Croc) and team mate and pole man, rookie Alex Carella who finished third. The race was very exciting from start to finish an

The Grand Prix of Sharjah was won by Ahmad Al Hameli after 35 laps leading from start to finish ahead of Sami Selio (Team Mad Croc) and team mate and pole man, rookie Alex Carella who finished third.

 
The race was very exciting from start to finish and it was a rare race with no interruptions and no yellow periods as well as being a championship-deciding event. The drivers did a good job from start to finish with Al Hameli leading a trouble free race ahead of the rest. Championship challenger Jay Price, who finished in fourth place and had started from sixth put on an excellent show.

The pressure was on Sami Selio for most of the race. Selio was pushing hard throughout the entire race to take second from his team-mate, but he was stuck in third from the start.

On lap 27, the fight between the drivers picked up again. Sami was closing the gap on Carella and smoothly took second position with six laps to go. Ahmad Al Hameli took the third win of his career in his own country and wins for the second time this season. Semi Selio takes his second world Championship with 94 points. Jay Price finished the season with 92 points ahead of Alex Carella on 71 points.


The 2011 season will start on March 12-13, 2011 in Qatar.



“I am so happy to win a race for the second time this year,” said Ahmad Al Hameli. “I controlled the race from start to finish. Two wins is a great achievement and to finish a season on a win is simply a fantastic feeling. I’m so happy for the team to have been able to make it here and win in front of my home crowd after my wins in 2006 and 2009. And now in 2010, it’s a fairy tale. I like the Sharjah race so much!”

 
Sami Selio said, “I did a great job for the team, but it was a really hard race here in Sharjah. There was no yellow period. Jay Price was pushing all the time. Jay was catching me. In the end, it all worked as per plan. It’s a positive result after a good strategy and excellent team-work all weekend with my team-mate Alex Carella who did a fantastic job with the pole yesterday.

As for me, today, the boat was flying too much. In the end, I just wanted to finish the race and kept pushing. My only concern was my mirrors and I kept watching all the way through where Jay Price was. I want to thank my team for a fantastic season.


The ups and downs that we went through give great value to the title. Well done guys! Congratulations to all. See you next year.”




 
Third placed Alex Carella, rookie of the year added, “I was on pole yesterday. This helped to plan the team strategy and everything worked well. To qualify on pole and maintain the lead to take control is the secret of a good strategy. It did not quite work like this, but in the end everything worked for the team.

It’s great to win the world championship and we had an incredible race with the team here in Sharjah. This is also the fourth podium for me - more than perfect for a rookie even if the pressure was on me. Thanks to all in the team. See you in Qatar!”



-F1H2o  also photos   -   by Agnes Carlier

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10.12.2010 / MaP

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