Dom­i­nant Team Abu Dhabi tar­get happy home­com­ing

Sport360 - - Fitness & Health / News - ByDavid Cooper @Sport360 ✉ ed­i­to­[email protected]

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.

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