Dominant Team Abu Dhabi target happy homecoming
Team Abu Dhabi faces one of the most important and potentially lucrative races in its history when the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) hosts this weekend’s Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi, the penultimate round of the 2018 UIM F1 H2O World Championship.
The team has dominated this year’s championship and team drivers Shaun Torrente, Erik Stark and Thani Al-Qemzi head into the weekend’s action holding the top three places in the Drivers’ Championship. Team Abu Dhabi has a huge 53-point advantage in the UIM Teams’ Championship and Stark leads Torrente by seven in the Pole Position Championship.
Series leader Torrente, who carried out some late testing on Wednesday, said: “This is our home race. We have had such an amazing season and I guess everyone else wants to beat us here. It’s kind of everyone else’s Super Bowl. We have everything pretty well in hand.
“We are pretty close to the Teams’ Championship. We have to take care of business and get some points and we should be okay. The Drivers’ Championship, we can at least, if we all run well here, lock it out for the last race.
“We are all fighting for our first World Championship. We have great equipment and a great team. As much as I want to win for myself, I want to win for the guys at Team Abu Dhabi. They work real hard.”
Meanwhile, Team Abu Dhabi’s Mohammed Al-Mehairbi is trying to follow in the footsteps of Rashed Al-Qemzi and win the UIM F4 Trophy, the series that runs in conjunction with the F1 H2O Championship. Al-Mehairbi currently trails Germany’s Max Stilz by a single point with 80 still at stake at the four remaining races in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.
Teams will tackle BRM qualifying on Friday and the Grand Prix is scheduled for 15:30 Saturday at the Abu Dhabi Corniche.
Crest of a wave: Shaun Torrente leads the title race by seven points.