> Powerboat-World.com
 
 
News Home Video Gallery Newsletters Features FishingBoating MarineBusiness-World Sail-World Australia Australian Cruising
Photo Gallery
Sail-World.com : Grand Prix of Sharjah - Third straight World Championship for Carella
Grand Prix of Sharjah - Third straight World Championship for Carella


'UIM F1 H2O Grand Prix of Sharjah in the Khaalid Lagoon.'    Vittorio Ubertone/Idea Marketing    Click Here to view large photo

In the final round of the 2013 UIM F1 H20 World Championship, the Grand Prix of Sharjah, Italian Alex Carella controlled the race and controlled his own destiny leading every second of the 38 lap GP in front of tens of thousands of race fans along the Khalid Lagoon.

The 28 year-old driver with the Qatar Team, has now captured his third straight World Championship and joins fellow Italian legend Guido Cappellini in being the only two drivers to win three straight seasons and now is just one season away from tying Cappellini's all-conquering four straight titles which he accomplished from 1993 thru 1996.

Carella had to hold off teammate Shaun Torrente of Miami, Florida who came into the event with two more points than Alex and were a pair of drivers who were part of a gaggle of four pilots who had a chance at the title going into this final event of 2013.

Carella, got a clean start and held his lane through the commitment buoy with Torrente shadowing for two-thirds of the event either two or three seconds back. Meanwhile, French driver Philippe Chiappe of the CTIC China Team, who needed both Qatar boats to drop out of the Grand Prix to have any chance at a title, passed Torrente and eventually closed to 1.96 seconds at races end. Chiappe's second place gave him a third in the title with 69 points.

'It was a rough grinding race where I couldn't let up anywhere,' said Alex.

'I'm really warn out but so happy for my crew. They believed we could win another title and I was so proud watching as they did such a professional job to get me on the water with a fast boat time after time.'

Meanwhile, for his teammate Torrente, 'Once I knew I was going to struggle to stay with Alex having so many problems with slower traffic trying to get around them and almost losing the boat a few times, I made the decision to back down a shade and elected to take my runner-up spot in the championship,' said Shaun.

'I am very proud of my crew being able to go from 11th position in the championship a year ago to runner-up in the title this year. Great progress and can't wait for next year and again fight for a title.'

For the French pilot he did his best with what he knew would be a long road to a title at the start of the day.

'Getting past the start was huge and I knew I could stay with Shaun,' said Philippe. 'When the door opened I did my best to push Alex for a win if possible, but we just ran out of laps.'

'We've made wonderful progress and another top three in the championship isn't bad. We have a great future and look forward to 2014.'

UIM F1 H2O Grand Prix of Sharjah in the Khaalid Lagoon. -  Vittorio Ubertone/Idea Marketing   Click Here to view large photo

Just missing the podium is the driver who had won two of his past races here, Ahmed Al Hameli of Team Abu Dhabi who finished off a remarkable season recovering from tumor surgery and getting back to full strength at the same time.

His teammate Thani Al Qamzi, who won the event a year ago, gave Team Abu Dhabi two top-five finishers after having won three straight here and five of the last eight starts on the Khalid Lagoon in years past.

Francesco Cantando, who started down in 14th position off the dock stormed to sixth at days end for the 2000 race winner. The Singha Team driver from Milan finishing a position ahead of his Polish teammate Bartek Marszalek who had his best career day in seventh place.

Kuwaiti driver Youssef Al Rubayan, despite a drive through penalty, came home a fine eighth one spot ahead of his Portuguese teammate Duarte Benavente who was ninth for the F1 GC Atlantic Team.

Rounding out the top ten was China's Ziwei 'Leo' Xiong who earned his first career world championship point with a tenth place position for the CTIC China Team driver.

Notable non-finishers were points leader Sami Selio of Finland. He was looking to win his third title in Sharjah. His weekend was one worth forgetting after crashing out in qualifying, starting 13th off the grid and eventually breaking down on the 21st lap for the Mad Croc Team driver from Helsinki.

Swedish driver Jonas Andersson of Team Azerbaijan dropped out on the 22nd lap being classified 12th at the end as only 10 boats were running at the finish of the 15th race on the Khalid Lagoon since 2000.

So the 2013 season comes to a close with Alex Carella of the Qatar Team winning his third straight title with a pair of wins this season beating out his teammate Shaun Torrente by an 80 to 74 point margin.

Look for the official 2014 UIM F1 H2O World Championship calendar to come out shortly but the opening round will officially open the curtain on the season with a mid-March start at the Grand Prix of Qatar in Doha.

Congratulations to Alex Carella and the Qatar Team for another wonderful season on the world's most exciting tour on water the UIM F1 H2O World Championship for powerboating.

F1H20 website


by F1H2O

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.powerboat-world.com/index.cfm?nid=117604

4:50 PM Fri 13 Dec 2013GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.







Power Boat News





Pontoon Boats are a hit with families and entertainers by Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show,










Glacier Bay returns to Australia, re-launching at SCIBS by Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show,








Singapore Yacht Show 2014. Boats to make your eyes pop. by Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, Singapore










Power to the people at Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show by Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show,


SCIBS VIP lounge back bigger and better in 2014 by Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show,




Singapore Yacht Show 2014. And another thing… by Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, Singapore




























Humpback Whales - Non Lethal research
RYA Competent Crew Skills – Second edition now available
Mondo Marine invests in Chinese shipyard
Aqualuma partners with ASMEX 2014 for Welcome function
Kaohsiung to welcome the world for 1st Taiwan International Boat Show *Feature
Changed boating conditions for ski race on Clarence River
Royal Victoria Cup - Cable, Hockney and Shipley victorious
Channel 7 stage returns to Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show
Hainan Rendezvous: suffering from a hangover?
Palm Beach International Boat Show shows healthy attendance
Brisbane Tinnie & Tackle Show - this weekend!
Coastal infrastructure and species loss - Climate Change consequences *Feature
rescueME PLB1 – safety assured in one compact, light package *Feature
Japan's Antarctic whaling program harpooned
All Marine Spares hits the boat show trail in a trailer *Feature
Royal Victoria Cup to take place this weekend
Rowers and ferry masters encouraged to share waterways safely
Go crazy about whales in a special family fun day at the museum
New generation trawler boats - tradition with a twist
Arvor releases new Sportsfish range
AIMEX focuses on commercial show in Asia   
Further Australian growth for Stabicraft   
Southport Yacht Club will host a free 'Discover Sailing Day'   
Melbourne Boat Show earlier this year - 12 to 16 June   
FinScan digital switching fitted to new rescue vessels   
Kids' Zone a drawcard at Brisbane Tinnie & Tackle Show   
Brisbane Tinnie & Tackle welcomes Engel as stage sponsor   
BIAV appoints new GM   
Trash to Treasure - A seafood story   
Amazing Whales – Evolution and survival opens tomorrow   
Maritime Alert - Dangerous conditions forecast for NSW boaters   
PWC riders brave South Island waters raise $93,000 for melanoma fight   
Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup to take place this July   
12 weeks til Melbourne Boat Show   
First deadline for SCIBS exhibitors looms March 24   
Paul Burt, boating guru, is the face of Sanctuary Cove Boat Show   
Marine Industry loses a loyal servant: Vale Gunter Bruckner   
Positive pass mark for new venue   
Couran Cove signs lease deal with Hope Island Marina   
Phones outpace PCs and TV as preferred device   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png   http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL VIR PBW