Team Abu Dhabi’s Erik Stark claimed pole position to set up a thrilling finale to the UIM F1 H2O World Championship after a frantic BRM Qualifying session for the Grand Prix of Sharjah on Khalid Lagoon on Thursday afternoon.
Needing to finish first or second to have any chance of winning his first world title, the Swede claimed pole with a lap of 45.61sec and will have clear water for Saturday’s final race of the season.
A delighted Stark said:
It was amazing. I made a small mistake on my first lap and I was able to correct that on my second one and claim pole.
It will be fun having Jonas (Andersson) on my side. The only thing I can do is win the race. I have done half of the work now.
We have one day of rest tomorrow and then Saturday is race time again. The guys in the team have been fantastic and I really think we can go on and win the race.
I had a bad race in Abu Dhabi, but we have moved on and I really enjoyed driving the boat.
I know I have the speed!