Team Abu Dhabi keeps powder dry as victory team seals 1-2 in extra Free Practice session

Team Abu Dhabi keeps powder dry as victory team seals 1-2 in extra Free Practice session

06.12.2018: 2018 UIM F1 H2O WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi, UAE December 6-8 Thursday, December 6th 2018 Rashed Al-Remeithi to join Mohammed Al-Mehairbi in second F4 Trophy entry


2018 UIM F1 H2O WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi, UAE  – December 6-8
Thursday, December 6th  2018


 
•  Rashed Al-Remeithi to join Mohammed Al-Mehairbi in second F4 Trophy entry


 


Teams got their first taste of the five-pin race course that will host this weekend’s Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi in a 90-minute free practice session on Thursday afternoon.
 


Team Abu Dhabi’s trio of Shaun Torrente, Erik Stark and Thani Al-Qemzi have tested effectively in recent days and decided to sit out an opening session where Ahmed Al-Hameli of the Victory Team clocked the fastest lap of 43.93sec to claim the session win from four-time World Champion and team-mate Alex Carella.


 
Only a handful of drivers took to the water in the opening 30 minutes of the session and Peter Morin of the CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team carded the target lap of 44.27sec. He went on to finish the stint in fifth place behind third-placed Marit Strømøy of the Emirates Racing Team and Team Amaravati’s Jonas Andersson. Finland’s Filip Roms complained of a water leak from his BaBa’s engine.
 


The 26th race to be held in the UAE capital is being hosted by the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC). Team Abu Dhabi drivers Shaun Torrente, Erik Stark and Thani Al-Qemzi are locked in a three-way battle for the Drivers’ Championship with Torrente holding a seven-point cushion over Stark heading into the weekend.
 


Salem Al-Remeithi, board member and general manager of the ADIMSC, said: “To be honest we have a lot of pressure on us and the team. I hope that the team can keep leading after this race and then we can see what happens in Sharjah. Then we can make our people happy. Thani (Al-Qemzi) has a good chance to win the race and create his own piece of history. We have achieved something amazing this season and look as though we have the Teams’ Championship again. I just hope that we have the three Abu Dhabi drivers in contention this weekend and then in Sharjah.”


 
Team Abu Dhabi’s on-event team manager Guido Cappellini added: “We are facing two very hard days. They are the most important days of the season. But the team has been working very good in the last few months and everything is perfect, insha’allah, for a beautiful day on Saturday. The Teams’ title is very close, but it is not yet finished. Fortunately, the three top drivers are Team Abu Dhabi drivers. I don’t know what the result will be, but everyone has the same opportunity to arrive in the first position.
 


“Maybe I decide the strategy after the Time Trials. Then we can look at the best strategy for the race. As we know n Arab driver has never won this race in 25 years and we are working hard to give Thani the best chance possible to do this.”
 


F4 Trophy drivers were permitted on to the course at the end of the free practice session for their own shakedown. Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al-Remeithi and Victory Team’s new recruit Ali Allanjawi joined the championship regulars, with Team Abu Dhabi’s Mohammed Al-Mehairbi hoping to overtake Germany’s Max Stilz in the two races on Friday and Saturday.
 


Etihad Airways is the official carrier for Team Abu Dhabi that is also supported by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and runs under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan, advisor to the Head of State and chairman of the board of directors of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club and under the guidance of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan, Vice-President and CEO of the ADIMSC.


 
Spectators are welcome to attend at the Abu Dhabi Corniche free of charge on Friday and Saturday. The ADIMSC has laid on trade stalls, refreshments and catering stands, childrens’ and family activities and live entertainment to entertain the crowds between the races.







 Khalid Al Saadi,Neil Perkins - photo Team Abu Dhabi

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