Abu Dhabi, November 24 (QNA) -The Qatar Team’s Alex Carella could mathematically clinch his second successive UIM F1 H20 World Championship title at this coming weekend’s Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi. With the unfortunate absence of Team Abu Dhabi’s Ahmed Al-Hameli through recovery from illness, Carella knows that if he reaches the chequered flag first in Friday afternoon’s race and neither Frenchman Phillipe Chiappe nor Finn Sami Selio finish on the podium, another world title will be heading back to the Qatar Marine Sports Federation (QMSF) in Doha.
Carella holds a nine-point lead over the absent Al-Hameli. He also has an 11-point advantage over Chiappe and is 18 points in front of Selio, with 20 available to the winner, 15 for second, 12 for third and nine for fourth position. Both Thani Al-Qamzi and Francesco Cantando could mathematically still win the title, but that would depend upon the leading trio failing to finish either of the remaining two races.
To assist Carella’s cause, following the suspension of team-mate Shaun Torrente s licence after a driving infringement in China last month, the QMSF’s Khalid bin Arhama Al-Kuwari has recruited the services of American driver Terry Rinker to join the Qatar Team for the last two races of the season in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.
“Terry has always been on the Qatar Team s radar along with Shaun when the two drivers were racing back and forth on the US circuit,” admitted Khalid bin Arhama AL-Kuwari, head of formula racing at the QMSF, which runs under the presidency of His Excellency Sheikh Hassan bin Jabor Al-Thani.
“Many of the Qatar Team members have worked with Terry before, including Brendan Power, and this has made his transition into the team that much easier. There are still 40 points up for grabs in the two races and we need to ensure we get more than the other teams.”
Al-Kuwari admits that the Qatar Team has carried out many hours of dynamometer testing in preparation for the back-to-back UAE races, but the boats have been in a container at sea since the race in China and actual boat testing has been impossible.
“We have not been to any race in the past few years without many new components to test,” added Al-Kuwari. “That is what keeps us at the top of this game. Insha allah, we will have the world title again in 2012!”
The Abu Dhabi race also sees the return to F1 H20 action of Qatar s 2008 World Champion Jay Price with a new Skydive Dubai team and the first appearance of the season for Britain s Malcolm Goodman, who stood in for the injured Andy Elliott as part of the Qatar Team alongside Price in 2009.
Meanwhile, Khalid Abdullah Al-Kuwari will represent the Qatar Team in the competitive UIM F-4S races for the Eurofin Trophy. Al-Kuwari holds joint fifth in the 12-race series, the outcome of which looks set to go down to the wire in a straight dogfight between Sweden s Jesper Forss and Britain s Matthew Palfreyman. Forss takes a tiny two-point lead into the first of two races on the new Abu Dhabi course.
Technical scrutineering and registration will take place on Wednesday (November 28) and practice may be permitted in the afternoon on the revised racecourse. Free practice and the time trials for the F-4S runners start at 09.20hrs (08.20hrs Doha time) on Thursday morning and the F1 boats hit the water at 10.30hrs. The first of the two F-4S races starts at 13.30hrs and F1 qualifying gets underway at 15.00hrs.
Race day (Friday) gets underway with F-4S free practice and time trials from 09.15hrs and further F1 practice from 10.15hrs. The second of the F-4S races starts at 13.30hrs and precedes the 2012 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi, starting at 15.30hrs (14.30hrs Doha time).(END)