F1 powerboat season in Sharjah commences as racers compete for qualifications and to beat the ‘Kilo World Record’
Abu Dhabi team is aiming to snatch world championship title
Sharjah, December 14, 2022
The final leg of the 21st UIM F1H2O World Championship will kick off tomorow (15th December, Thursday) at Sharjah World Championship Week, with practice sessions and a qualification lap for the first of two races in this final stage of the Powerboat World Championships. This instalment on the world circuit, organised by Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA), under the patronage of Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince, Deputy Ruler of Sharjah and Chairman of the Sharjah Executive Council, will determine who takes home the championship title.
The Sharjah World Championship Week, which commenced on Tuesday, includes two major courses this year, providing the winner in each race 20 valuable points towards their total score for the world circuit. Through the qualification laps on Thursday, racers will determine their starting positions for the first major race this week, The Road to Sharjah Grand Prix of Sharjah, which will be held on Friday.
During the qualifications, racers will also be gunning to break the Kilo World Record which measures the fastest times over one kilometre making the pre-race event even more exciting for entrants and visitors alike.
Qualifications will be held on Sunday to determine the starting positions for the second and final race this week, the Sharjah Grand Prix of the Middle East, which will be held on the same day, before announcing winners of the UIM F1H2O 2022 World Championships.
Abu Dhabi team tops UIM F1H2O standings
The Abu Dhabi team is currently leading the UIM F1H2O standings with Shaun Torrente (Boat 6) leading the charts with 64 points followed by Thani Al Qemzi (Boat 5) who has 55 points this gives the team a great advantage to clinch the world championship title.
With a 9-point difference in the table behind Al Qemzi, the current world champion, Jonas Andersson (Boat 1), will be fiercely contending for the top spot in the two races to secure a possible 40 points to claim the world championship title again.
Aside from the championship title, the racers will be competing for the F1H2O Pole Position Trophy, where Thani Al Qemzi tops it with 54 points, followed by Shaun Torrente with 47 points, and Sami Selio in third position with 47 points.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, President of the Abu Dhabi Marine Sports Club, checked up on preparations and the readiness of the Abu Dhabi team prior to the race. Salim Al Rumaithi, head of the Abu Dhabi team conveyed the President’s greetings to the team members to boost their morale and achieve top results in the final leg of the exciting championship.
Commenting on the final round, Al Rumaithi said the qualification rounds are extremely important to secure pole position and compete for the title so we can bring it home.
Commenting on the final leg, Thani Al Qemzi said he is prepared for the final round in Sharjah and is determined to crown his 20-year racing career with the world championship title. He said: “I need to focus and deliver a consistent performance in this final round to be able to secure as many points in the two races as possible to achieve my dream, and win the coveted world championship title.”
He stressed the importance of working hard with his teammate Torrente even though the Emirati has the world championship title in his sight. “We need to do our best for the Abu Dhabi team. Torrente and I are working hard to achieve the team’s dream, and retain the top position in the standings. We have shown great strength after a fierce season from the first race in France through to Italy, and now at the final leg in Sharjah.”
Sharjah team member, Sami Selio, said he is proud to be a member of the Sharjah team, and stated: “We will be working hard to overcome all the stress and challenges to secure our place on the championship podium and represent Sharjah in the most beautiful way.”
Adding to this he said: “Although we are ready, the competition is fierce and requires our full concentration and planning as well as having a winning strategy.”