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Al Qemzi Aiming For Second UIM F2 World Title

Chris Davies on 30th July 2019

Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al Qemzi is prepared for another mighty tussle in Norway at the weekend as he bids to stay on course for a second world powerboat racing title this season.

Al Qemzi, aiming to recapture the UIM F2 World Championship crown which he won in 2017, leads the 2019 series following his dramatic opening round victory in Lithuania last month.

Since then the Emirati driver has celebrated success as a member of the four-man Team Abu Dhabi crew who clinched the World Endurance Championships in Poland, and he is determined to extend the winning streak.

Among his team-mates on that occasion, Rashed Al Tayer joins Al Qemzi in the starting line-up for Sunday’s Grand Prix of Norway, the first of three F2 championship rounds in the space of six weeks.

With races to follow in Italy and Portugal prior to December’s final round in Abu Dhabi, both are determined to make their mark in the ancient Viking town of Tønsberg, Norway’s oldest, at the weekend.

After dominating F2 qualifying in Lithuania, Al Qemzi was awarded his second win in three years in Kaunas when Norwegian Tobias Munthe-Kaas collected a one lap penalty for a race buoy infringement after finishing ahead of the Emirati.

That setback left the Norwegian down in ninth place in the championship, and he will be eagerly looking for revenge in Tønsberg.

Team Abu Dhabi’s Al Tayer also wants to put the memory of the Kaunas race behind him after recovering from a crash in qualifying to start the Grand Prix, but going out when his boat was rammed at a turn.

Friday 2nd August

15:30 – 16:00 Match race warm up

18:00 Opening ceremony / Speed Run F2 – Top 16 in UIM F2 World Championship. Match Race F2

Saturday 3rd August

13.30 – 14.15 Free Practice F2 (45 min) Group A

14.30 – 15.15 Free Practice F2 (45 min) Group B

17.00 Baume & Mercier Pole Position

Q-1 group A F2 (20 min)

Q-1 group B F2 (20 min)

Q-1 group C F2 (20 min)

7 minute break

Q-2 15 boats (15 min)

7 minute break

Q-3 Shoot-Out for Pole position (10 boats, Single run)

19.15 Price ceremony Match Race and Speed run F2 – Top 3 drivers

Sunday 5th August

12.20 20 min Warm-up F2 – B final drivers

12.40 20 min Warm-up F2 – Pre-Qualified group

13.30 – 14.00 Repechage (20 laps) Top 3 go through to the final

16.00 UIM F2 World Championship Parade lap

16.30 Grand Prix Of Norway (30 min) 18 boats

2019 UIM F2 Grand Prix of Norway

SWE2Johan ÖsterbergTeam AJOMolgaardMercury 200 XS
GBR3 Owen JelfOwen Jelf RacingBaBaMercury 200 XS
UAE4Ahmad Al FahimVictory TeamVictoryMercury 200 XS
Rupp TemperTemper RacingDACMercury 200 XS
SWE6Ola PetterssonSkåne Racing TeamMolgaardMercury 200 XS
NOR7Frode SundsdalSundsdal RacingDACMercury 200 XS
USA8Brent DillardDillard SportsDACMercury 200 XS
NOR9Mette Brandt BjerknæsMBRMooreMercury 200 XS
SWE10Oskar SamuelssonOS RacingMolgaardMercury 200 XS
SWE11Bimba SjöholmTeam SjöholmMolgaardMercury 200 XS
NED17 Ferdinand ZandbergenSharjah TeamBaBaMercury 200 XS
Stefan HaginRowe PowerboatMolgaardMercury 200 XS
RUS20Konstantin UstinovNew StarDACMercury 200 XS
UAE27Manoor Al MansooriVictory TeamVictoryMercury 200 XS
Rashed Al QemziTeam Abu DhabiDACMercury 200 XS
UAE36 Rashed Al TayerTeam Abu DhabiDACMercury 200 XS
ESP37 Hector SanzIcar Nautica RacingDACMercury 200 XS
LTU41 Edgaras RiabkoF2 LithuaniaDACMercury 200 XS
FRA44Philippe Tourre
Atlantic TeamMooreMercury 200 XS
POR45 Duarte BenaventeAtlantic TeamMooreMercury 200 XS
SWE54Daniel SegenmarkSF2RDACMercury 200 XS
NOR77Tobias Munthe-KaasStromoy RacingBaBaMercury 200 XS
FIN95 Kalle ViippoKalle Viippo RacingMolgaardMercury 200 XS
GER96 Nick BisterfeldBisterfeld RacingDACMercury 200 XS
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