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Torrente nails it in Grand Prix of China qualifying

John Moore on 20th October 2019

2018 UIM F1H2o World Champion, Shaun Torrente was back to his absolute best in the Grand Prix of China qualifying this morning, when he took Pole Position with a stunning 50.87 lap time.

Lap times were far quicker than yesterday due to less wind, Torrente’s time was mighty compared with the 52.26 that Alex Carella posted for yesterday’s pole.

Torrente finished fourth in yesterday’s race after qualifying in ninth and told F1H2o’s Nigel Quilter after today’s session:

Getting knocked down is normal, it’s how you get back up.

This team is just incredible.

We looked at ourselves in the mirror last night because we got kicked yesterday and talked about how we would fix it.

We looked at the data, the engine the propeller selection and at how I was driving parts of the race course.

We looked at everything, what we had and put together a programme for today that was incredible.

The boat was completely different, just amazing.

Alex Carella was third quickest

Carella posted a 51.51 today, good enough for third, just behind Peter Morin’s 51.23.

World Championship leader, Jonas Andersson experienced engine issues during Q2 and his engineers worked feverishly to get him back on the track.

They succeeded and he went on to progress into Q3 and set a 51.79, that puts him fourth on the grid.

Marit Stromoy’s is currently third in the World Championship and her time of 51.81 slotted her into fifth, she said after:

I am not at all happy with that.

It was a knife to my heart because I really felt that I could get pole.

Stromoy put the problem down to the fact that she was running low on fuel and losing power in the turns.

Grand Prix of China

Sunday 20 October

07:45 – 08:00 F1H2O Parade Lap
08:00 – 09:00 F1H2O Grand Prix of China
09:10 – 09:30 Prize Giving Ceremony

*All times GMT

Add 1 hour for British Summer Time
Add 2 hours for Central European Time
Subtract 4 hours for Eastern Standard Time

2019 UIM F1H2o Grand Prix of China- Rebellion Qualifications

Driver#TeamHull / EngineTime
Shaun Torrente 1Team Abu Dhabi DAC / Mercury50.87
Peter Morin 8CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Moore / Mercury51.23
Alex Carella70Maverick Racing DAC / Mercury51.51
Jonas Andersson 14Team SwedenDAC / Mercury51.79
Marit Strømøy 50Emirates Racing BaBa / Mercury51.81
Philippe Chiappe 7CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Moore / Mercury52.55
Thani Al Qemzi 2Team Abu Dhabi DAC / Mercury52.81
Erik Edin 15Team SwedenDAC / Mercury52.82
Alberto Comparato 9F1 Atlantic Team DAC / Mercury53.27
Sami Seliö 11Sharjah TeamBaBa / Mercury53.31
Filip Roms 12Sharjah TeamBaBa / Mercury53.99
Erik Stark74Victory TeamDAC / MercuryDNS Q2
Greg Foster 36Blaze Performance Blaze / Mercury55.23
Bartek Marszalek 77Emirates Racing DAC / Mercury56.24
Cédric Deguisne 73Maverick Racing Moore / Mercury56.25
Francesco Cantando 37Blaze Performance Blaze / Mercury57.14
David Del Pin3Victory Team Victory / Mercury57.85
Duarte Benavente 10F1 Atlantic Team Moore / MercuryDNS Q3
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