Team Abu Dhabi’s Tor­rente re­tains world ti­tle in style

Muscat Daily - - CORPORATE NEWS -

Team Abu Dhabi’s Shaun Tor­rente re­tained his UIM F1H2O World Cham­pi­onship ti­tle in the most dra­matic fash­ion, edg­ing out Swe­den’s Jonas An­der­s­son on a count­back af­ter the Swede won the Grand Prix of Shar­jah.

An­der­s­son looked set to claim the F1H2O crown for the first time un­til a dam­aged trim on the last lap for three-times world cham­pion Philippe Chi­appe saw Tor­rente squeeze past the French­man to snatch sec­ond place in the dy­ing mo­ments of the race.

It meant Tor­rente and An­der­s­son fin­ished tied on 79 points af­ter se­cur­ing two vic­to­ries each, with the Amer­i­can emerg­ing as cham­pion as he recorded one more sec­ond place fin­ish.

There were ju­bi­lant scenes be­side Khalid La­goon as Team Abu Dhabi hailed not only a sec­ond suc­ces­sive driver’s ti­tle for Tor­rente, who plunged into the wa­ter to cel­e­brate, but also an­other world team cham­pi­onship.

“I was push­ing like crazy, but we have been through so much with that mo­tor this week, and the team have kept it to­gether,” said Tor­rente. “Ev­ery time we took the boat off the wa­ter we have had to fix some­thing. We didn’t think it was go­ing to make the race. In the last five laps it was down on power, but I just kept push­ing as hard as I could, hop­ing. When I came down the front straight I saw his (Chi­appe) mo­tor bob­ble, and I could tell some­thing was wrong.”

Added Tor­rente, “I thought, no way. I just couldn’t be­lieve it. I’m glad I just made it home. I can’t thank the guys in the team enough.

“We didn’t have our best bul­let this week, but we still got sec­ond place, some­how, some way. and that’s just down to this team for work­ing so hard. They never stopped. I’m just blessed to be with them.”

Tor­rente paid Trib­ute to An­der­s­son, say­ing: “Jonas had an amaz­ing sea­son. I feel for him. He was 40 sec­onds from be­ing world cham­pion. He did ev­ery­thing he could do, but so did I.”

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