September 6-7 , 2022 Cybersecurity Innovation Series (CSIS) – UAE Chapter ///// October 15, 2022 Mr/Miss/Mrs International Fashion Idol of UAE 2022 //// 31 October – 3 November 2022 MENA IPO SUMMIT SERIES – Dubai Edition //// 02 - 03 Nov 2022 Middle East Women Leader’s Summit 2022 //// 15th November 2022 The Maritime Standard Awards 2022 //// 16th November 2022 The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference 2022 //// 21 - 22 Nov 2022 AIM Summit Dubai Edition 2022 //// 25 Nov 2022 EUROPEAN PROFESSIONAL DOCTORATE BUSINESS QUALIFICATION, 7th EDITION GRADUATION CEREMONY \\\\ for more information go to https://www.dubaiglobalnews.com/en/our-partners-events

September 26, 2022

Dubai New Style

News site from Dubai Global News

Team Abu Dhabi Duo Aim to Boost Double World Title Bid in Italy

Torrente, Al Qemzi raring to go in back-to back Grand Prix

San Nazzaro, Italy

The 2022 UIM F1H2O World Championship reaches a critical stage in Italy at the weekend, with Team Abu Dhabi’s Shaun Torrente and Thani Al Qemzi looking to tighten their grip on the title race in a Grand Prix double header.

It is just over three months since the team enjoyed a perfect start to the 2022 campaign, when Torrente won the Grand Prix of France from team-mate Al Qemzi on the Saone River circuit in Macon.

Two-times world champion Torrente can’t wait to resume his bid for a third F1H2O driver’s title, and relishes having Al Qemzi as his closest challenger, and at the same time his partner in pursuit of a fifth team championship triumph.

It seems like a different season from when we were in Macon, but hopefully we can carry some of that momentum forward,” he said, ahead of Saturday’s Grand Prix of Regione Emilia Romagna in San Nazzaro, followed 24 hours later by the Grand Prix of Italy.”Team Abu Dhabi Duo Aim to Boost Double World Title Bid in Italy

The main focus in our preparation is always on the way the boat handles. Then it’s all about speed and qualifying, making sure the engine package is right, that the improvements made to the boat are good, and that we get reacquainted really well with each other again.”

The main thing that makes us hard to beat is that Thani and myself complement each other well, and it’s the same throughout the team. Everybody knows their job, and does their job well.”

Torrente says that adding to his successive world title wins in 2018 and 2019 would be “incredible”. But he would be the first to congratulate Al Qemzi should the Emirati overtake him in Italy, or at December’s final round in Sharjah, to land his first individual F1H2O crown.

The two Team Abu Dhabi drivers are determined to make amends for last season’s final round disappointment in Portugal, when Sweden’s Jonas Andersson edged out Al Qemzi by a single point, with Torrente just two more points away in third.

Andersson will be aiming to boost his hopes of a successful title defence after a fifth place finish in France, while Sharjah Team’s Sami Selio hopes for a big change in fortunes after a major setback in Macon.

The Finnish driver was leading from pole position in the opening round before mechanical problems put him out of the race.

Selio must also put behind him the frustration of being disqualified from last Sunday’s UIM F2 World Championship decider in Portugal, where Team Abu Dhabi’s Mansoor Al Mansoori was installed as world champion.

2022 UIM F1H2O World Championship leading positions

1. Shaun Torrente (UAE) 20 pts
2. Thani Al Qemzi (UAE) 15 pts
3. Peter Morin (FRA) 12 pts
4. Alec Weckstrom (FIN) 9 pts
5. Jonas Andersson (SWE) 7 pts
6. Marit Stromoy (NOR) 5 pts

 

 2,126 total views,  83 views today