Please select your home edition
Edition
Abell Point Marina 728x90 Moor

F1H2O World Championship Grand Prix of Sharjah - All or nothing battle

by F1H2O on 9 Dec 2013
F1H2O World Championship Grand Prix of Sharjah 2013 UIM F1 H2O World Championship © http://www.f1boat.com
For the sixth and final round of the UIM F1 H2O World Championship 2013 for powerboating four of the world's most talented drivers from four separate countries are locking horns in a 'all or nothing' battle on the waters of the Khalid Lagoon this upcoming Friday afternoon.

This 30th racing season has a pair of pilots who are trying to become first time World Champions against two others who are two-time title holders and who want to join a very elite group of three drivers (Guido Cappellini, Scott Gillman and Renato Molinari) who can claim three or more World Championships in their career.

Here are the four drivers in the title, here's what they are saying and we'll let you vote for whom you think has the best chance of being crowned World Champion for 2013:

1.) Sami Selio - The Finnish driver has a pair of World titles in his back pocket and earned both of them here on the Khalid Lagoon in 2007 and 2010. He has two wins this season; Brazil and Abu Dhabi. He leads the drivers table with 64 points.

'I have won this title twice before and I feel calm and ready to go since I know what I must do to win,' said Selio. 'I have a great crew and we are ready to win and I have more pole positions than any other active driver and the pole will be so important here. So, vote for me!

2.) Shaun Torrente - The young dynamic driver from Miami, Florida is also one of two drivers from the Qatar Team who is one of the most aggressive and passionate drivers on the tour. He won big in Doha a month ago and has been either first or second in three of the five races thus far. He has 62 points.

'I have been working hard all season to put myself and my team in this position to win it all this Friday,' said Shaun. 'Despite some bad breaks we still are a flicker away from the title and I am going all out to get it. This is my time and my place in history to do it. So, vote for me!

3.) Alex Carella - This Italian driver has been something special the last two season's having taken two straight world titles for the Qatar Team. Alex has finished on the podium in eight straight races he's completed including four victories during that time. Won in Liuzhou this season, but hasn't finished the race here in Sharjah the last two years in a row. Has 60 points.

'I want this championship for myself and the team because it would give me something that hasn't been done in ten years and that is win three straight world titles,' said Alex. 'I've never won here and I want to go out on a high note and show everyone I can take the pressure of this day as well as everyone else.' So, vote for me!

4.) Philippe Chiappe - The French driver who is a dark horse but who has a lot of motivation after getting disqualified from the Grand Prix of Qatar for technical reasons and losing a possible podium position. Earned his first career victory in Kyiv and has three podiums in four races he's finished. He has 54 points.

'We realize we are playing catch-up and we also know that Sharjah is the one place that is almost the 'Bermuda Triangle' of racing where strange things happen when you least expect it and the obvious would be champions don't become champions,' stated Philippe. 'My team is all in this to win this, so lets go.' Vote for me!

So, there are the four candidates. Drivers from four different countries and two different continents with one dream in mind to win a world title. Now it's up to you to make your choice and decide who has the best chance of capturing the crown.

The 15th Grand Prix race of Sharjah will take place on Friday the 13th of December at 16:00 local, 12:00 GMT and 07:00 EST on the East Coast of North America. You can follow the Grand Prix from start to finish by going to the tours official website and watch the live streaming of the worldwide television broadcast feed.

Enjoy the moment, it will be something Vote here
Henri Lloyd 50 YearsBakewell-White Yacht DesignEnsign 660

Related Articles

Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship – And the winners are...
Following competitive area finals and a national final that proved to be a nail biter, it was victory for Jamie Paterson Following a summer of competitive area finals and a national final that proved to be a real nail biter, it was victory for Jamie Paterson, age 12 from Findhorn Marina, Scotland and Kamila Czartolomna, age 15 from South Staffs Sailing Club
Posted on 26 Sep
Rashed Al Qamzi wins UIM H2O Nations Cup Match Race
The shoot out for the final podium slot was an all-Russian affair between Andrei Panyushkin and Roman Vandyshev. The shoot out for the final podium slot was an all-Russian affair between Andrei Panyushkin and teammate Roman Vandyshev.
Posted on 21 Sep
Mercury - Save up to $1,250 on a cutting edge Mercury FourStroke
Australian boaters can now save up to $1,250 and enjoy the many benefits of a cutting edge Mercury FourStroke. Australian boaters - of all descriptions - can now save up to $1,250 and enjoy the many benefits of a cutting edge Mercury FourStroke.
Posted on 21 Sep
New Zealand Maritime radio channels set to change on 1 October
Before you head out on the water next summer there are some important maritime radio changes you need to know about. Before you head out on the water next summer there are some important maritime radio changes you need to know about. On 1 October 2016, New Zealand is changing some maritime VHF repeater channels, and NowCasting weather services, to make space for new international ship tracking and data services, and to make sure our VHF radio services are compatible with the rest of the world.
Posted on 20 Sep
De Antonio Yachts plans to double its production in 2017
Barcelona’s brand De Antonio Yachts will start in a few weeks to build their innovative models in Portuguese facilities Barcelona’s brand De Antonio Yachts, which in just four years has revolutionized the market of motor sport boats, will start in a few weeks to build their innovative models in the Portuguese facilities of Estaleiros do Atlantico Lda, with the goal of doubling the production volume for next year.
Posted on 20 Sep
Active Trim 'a must'
When fishing expert Lee Rayner is this passionate about a subject it’s for good reason. When fishing expert Lee Rayner is this passionate about a subject it’s for good reason. “I mean it. It’s the best money you’ll ever spend on a boat, and for the first time boat buyer it’s a must… a must!”
Posted on 9 Sep
Getting revved up for the Honda RYA Youth RIB National final
The UK’s best young driving talent are revving their engines and practising their skills as they prepare to compete In the North West the girls from Lancashire Powerboat Racing Club are leading the way with Isabelle Ashton taking the top spot in the 8-12 age group and Lauren McGlashan for the 13-16 age group.
Posted on 6 Sep
Finland's Sami Selio wins first UIM F1H2O Grand Prix in Harbin
The 41-year-old driver from Helsinki, held off his younger teammate Filip Roms of the Baba Racing Team from the start The 41-year-old driver from Helsinki, held off his younger teammate Filip Roms of the Baba Racing Team from the start and never looked back, picking up 20 championship points and 35 in his last two events and now has moved up to fourth place in the Drivers’ Championship.
Posted on 4 Sep
UIM F1H2O Worlds – Selio pulls off brilliant one-two in BRM Qualifying
Two-time World Champion Sami Selio led his team to a brilliant one-two qualifying effort at the Grand Prix of Harbin Two-time World Champion Sami Selio led his team to a brilliant one-two qualifying effort at the Grand Prix of Harbin in the Q3 Top-Six Shootout session of the official B.R.M. Qualifying at the fourth round
Posted on 3 Sep
Cat Can Do and Team WHM take top spots in Mentor, Ohio
In Mentor, Cat Can Do and Team WHM Motorsports took first place in Superboat Unlimited and Superboat respectively. In Mentor, Cat Can Do and Team WHM Motorsports took first place in Superboat Unlimited and Superboat respectively. The inaugural event was a hit with race teams and fans as the beaches and boat spectator fleet were packed for nearly two miles!
Posted on 3 Sep