Powerboat-World.com
 
 
News Home Video Gallery Newsletters Features Photo Gallery
Sail-World.com : Grand Prix of Sharjah - Mad Croc takes early advantage
Grand Prix of Sharjah - Mad Croc takes early advantage

'Mad Croc Team at UIM F1 H2O Grand Prix of Sharjah in the Khalid Lagoon'    Vittorio Ubertone/Idea Marketing    Click Here to view large photo

For the 14th Grand Prix of Sharjah, which gets underway tomorrow, 2-time world champion Sam Selio of the Mad Croc Team has claimed the early advantage in the fight for finishing runner-up in this year's championship with French driver Philippe Chiappe of the CTIC China Team by taking pole position.

The final round of the 2012 UIM F1 H2O World Championship saw 22 drivers from 15 countries fighting for over an hour and one-half to see who could be fastest in three separate qualifying sessions.

The Finnish driver, who earned his second pole of the season and his 19th of his coveted career, did a 46.71 second lap around the very difficult six pin 2.235 kilometer (1.38 mile) circuit beating out Swedish driver Jonas Andersson of Team Sweden by .18 of a second for the number one position.

China CTIC Team at UIM F1 H2O Grand Prix of Sharjah in the Khalid Lagoon -  Vittorio Ubertone/Idea Marketing   Click Here to view large photo

'I'm truly excited about my fourth pole position here in Sharjah,' stated Sami. 'This very technical circuit suits my team perfectly and I always seem to do well when I finish this event.'

'I won my 2007 title here and would love to end on a high note tomorrow and be runner-up to Alex Carella. I think I've come a long way considering what I've gone through with my total recovery from my bad crash a year ago in China that kept me from even racing here in 2011.'

A strong Scandinavian presence this year in the top two spots, with Andersson, ever improving this season, qualifying for his best position since winning in Liuzhou, China from second off the dock 26 races ago back in 2009.

'We had a great set-up despite scrambling late to get everything right,' said Jonas. 'I'm due, I just hope we get a chance to win tomorrow since I've never done so here and it has been over three seasons since the last victory. I'm determined to make that happen tomorrow.'

Starting third is the American driver Jay Price from the Skydive Dubai Team. The driver from New Orleans did well considering he was developing less power than most of the front runners but managed a 47.25 second lap to finish in front of his last years teammate Carella of the Qatar Team.

'It was a great result for my new team,' quipped the 2008 World Champion. 'We are just a race into this new organization and already we are fired up with a chance a win tomorrow. I've been on the podium in 21 of my last 25 finishes and we want to keep that streak alive on Friday.'

Fourth went Sharjah double winner Thani Al Qamzi. The Team Abu Dhabi driver stayed ahead of the Qatar Team duo of new champion Carella in sixth and American replacement driver Terry Rinker of Florida who did a solid job for seventh position with a 47.84 lap.

Marit Stromoy of Team Nautica was eighth with her second best qualifying effort of the season and a 48.16 looking for her first podium in Sharjah for the Norwegian driver.

Marit Stromoy of Norway of Team Nautica at UIM F1 H2O Grand Prix of Sharjah in the Khalid Lagoon -  Vittorio Ubertone/Idea Marketing   Click Here to view large photo

Veteran Francesco Cantando of Milan was ninth in his Singha Team BLAZE boat with a 48.17 second lap as he searches for his second victory in Sharjah and the first win for him in 15 races on the tour.

Rounding out the top ten was the rookie F2 driver from Sweden in Erik Stark who ran a 48.29 second lap in his Danish Molgaard boat for only his second weekend of F1 racing with Team Sweden.

Drivers from four continents will take to the final stop of the 2012 UIM F1 H2O World Championship for powerboating for the 14th Grand Prix of Sharjah at 16:00 local, 12:00 GMT and 07:00 EST on the East Coast of North America.

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=104456

4:29 PM Thu 6 Dec 2012GMT


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







Power Boat News - USA





2014 warmest year since records began + Video by NOAA National Climatic Data Center,


































Garmin introduces new scanning sonar black box by Garmin International Inc.,






Statewide operation to focus on random breath testing of boaters by Transport Roads and Maritime Services,












NMMA loses E15 fuel U.S. Court of Appeals Decision by National Marine Manufacturers Association,










Super Boat International keeps 4th of July tradition alive
United States Powerboat Show transforms Annapolis City Dock
King of Offshore - The Untold Story of Reggie Fountain + Video
F1H2O Worlds 2014 - Qatar Team heads to Florida for more F1 testing
CUBAR Odyssey to host informational kick off dinner
Update: Stunning finds from ancient Greek Shipwreck
Teams preparing for Key West 2015 season
Marine Researchers and Educators benefit from Tortuga Music Festival
Coast Guard Foundation to honor Coast Guard heroics and excellence
Magnum Marine new 51 edition at Flibs 2014
Super Boat National Championships - Great conditions for sixth edition
US Coast Guard to drop the current life jacket type code scheme
Mercury Marine produces 75,000th Verado L6 outboard engine
$10,000 available for the best safe, clean boating outreach projects
Formula Two PROP Series Champs - Tammy Wolf racing second in series
British ocean adventuring legend launches round the world record bid
Powerboat P1 plans to take SuperStock and AquaX racing to Singapore
Insurance, towing and safety 'provisions' reminder for snowbirds
You scratched my seagrass!
RYA Advanced Powerboat Handbook unveiled at PSP Southampton Boat Show
Mediterranean Grand Prix - Pons and Chris win the titles   
Mediterranean Grand Prix 2014 - Wins for Victory and Chaudron   
What can you do to prevent electrocution and ESD?   
Mediterranean Grand Prix - Powerboat racing heavyweights head to Ibiza   
Mediterranean Grand Prix - World Aquabike stars all set   
Antarctic sea-level rising faster than global rate   
Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show - 13 things to See and do   
Blowsion Surf Slam to take place at Tierra Del Mar   
P1 USA AquaX race series action heats up   
Super Boat International double header a huge Success   
Helping boaters understand weather basics   
Polar research: Six priorities for Antarctic science   
Bivalves' ability to clean chemicals from waterways   
Coast Guard Foundation hosts Alaska Awards Dinner   
77 Lucas Oil SilverHook leads Superboat Unlimited class   
Sustainable Seafood - How to purchase with confidence   
John Wilson has sights set on second P1 SuperStock title   
Torquay Grand Prix - Pertemps tops table on penultimate day   
Coast Guard Foundation to honor Coast Guard in Alaska   
Great Lakes Grand Prix - Team Broadco wins Superboat Class   


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 US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT