Team Abu Dhabi's Al-Hameli and Al-Qamzi start campaign to win

Team Abu Dhabi's Al-Hameli and Al-Qamzi start campaign to win

08.03.2012: ...2012 UIM F1 H20 World Championship Title UIM F1 H20 World Championship GP of Qatar 2012 March

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UIM F1 H20 World Championship GP of Qatar 2012  March 8-10


- Al-Qamzi and Al-Hameli head to Qatar as in-form pair in championship

-  Team Abu Dhabi tries out three new drivers for team’s F-4S role




Team Abu Dhabi’s Ahmed Al-Hameli and Thani Al-Qamzi finished last season as the in-form drivers in the UIM F1 H20 World Championship and they take part in this weekend’s season opener in Qatar looking to begin the new series in winning style.


As last season progressed they systematically closed the gap on the leading Qatar Team and eventually finished the year with a one-two finish in the Grand Prix of Sharjah. This was sufficient to confirm third position for Al-Qamzi in the UIM F1 H20 Drivers’ Championship and fourth for team-mate Al-Hameli – the winner of the final race of the 2011 season on Khalid Lagoon.


This weekend’s 10th Grand Prix of Qatar gives the Emirati duo the perfect opportunity to snatch the early initiative in the championship. Al-Hameli won two races last season and may well have challenged Alex Carella and Jay Price for the world title had he not missed the crucial Grand Prix of Kazan in Tatarstan. “I’ve won two of my last four races and that gives me confidence for the new season,” insists Al-Hameli. “A good start is important in Qatar.”


Both Al-Hameli and Al-Qamzi know that the revised Qatar Team will still pose the most serious threat on the challenging Doha Bay course, which will host a short afternoon practice session on Thursday afternoon (March 8th), a second free practice period and qualifying time trials on Friday and the 10th Grand Prix of Qatar from 15.45hrs (16.45hrs UAE time) on Saturday afternoon.


Jay Price may well have resigned from the Qatar Team after finishing runner-up to Carella in 2011, but American driver Shaun Torrente has replaced the 2008 World Champion and the Qatar outfit is still confident of a top result.


Team Abu Dhabi are also mindful of the return of former World Champion Sami Selio after injury and several new faces are likely to pose a serious threat during the course of the season. They include the Italian driver Ivan Brigada in the new South African Caudwell Team and Finland Filip Roms, who will be making his debut in the F1 scene after graduating from UIM F-4S racing. The CTIC China Team duo of Phillipe Chiappe and Stanislav Kourtsenovsky and Sweden’s Jonas Andersson will also be chasing podium honours.


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.


The Grand Prix of Qatar will also host a pair of 20-minute F-4S races on Friday and Saturday, preceded by practice and time trials. This championship is seen as a stepping-stone to the UIM F1 H20 Championship and Majed Al-Mansoori and Rashid Al-Tayer represented Team Abu Dhabi last season.


Team media spokesman Khalid Al-Saadi has confirmed that three drivers may feature during the course of this season in the competitive UIM F-4S category.


Emiratis Rashed Al-Qamzi, Mohammed Al-Mehairbi and Rashed Al-Romaithi are in for selection and one of them will represent the team at the Qatar Grand Prix in Doha Bay this weekend. “We tested before we left for Doha and will choose the line-up before the races,” said Al-Saadi.
       


Khalid Al Saadi- photo F1 H20

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