The Victory Team duo of Ahmed Al Hameli and four-time World Champion Alex Carella will be among the serious challengers to the Team Abu Dhabi trio heading into this weekend’s Grand Prix of India – the fifth round of the UIM 2018 UIM F1 H2O World Championship.
Held on a 2.125km course on the Krishna River in Amaravati, the fifth round of the championships will see Al Hameli and Carella join a full field of boats trying to catch up with the three boats from Team Abu Dhabi occupying the top three positions.
After four rounds of the series, Thani Al Qamzi leads all drivers with a total of 54 points, but chased down by teammates Erik Stark with 53 and American Shaun Torrente with 52 points.
Also in contention and within striking distance are the two drivers from CTIC F1 Shenzhen China Team, Philippe Chiappe and Peter Morin with 34 and 30 points, respectively.
And waiting in the wings to make use of the opportunities that come their way is Victory Team’s Ahmed Al Hameli in sixth overall with 15 points while Carella is tenth overall with nine points against his name.
Huraiz Bin Huraiz, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Victory Team commented in front of the weekend:
We didn’t have a good start to the season and that is the one aspect that set us behind the rest of the field.
But with three races to go and a maximum of 60 points on offer to the winner, we could find ourselves in a totally different position after this weekend.
We have had some time after the fourth race in China to regroup and do some more testing of the new boats.
Now it is time to see this hard work coming through and helping our two boats move towards the top of the standings.
Meanwhile, Victory Team’s Ahmed Al Fahim will also be looking to adding some vital points in the race in the F4-s Series.
Blaze Performance’s Max Stilz is in the lead with 78 points chased down by Mohammed Al Mehairbi from Team Abu Dhabi with 74 points, Emirates Racing Team’s Tom Chiappe with 49 points and F1 Atlantic Team’s British driver Sam Whittle (43pts) and Al Fahim in fifth with 38 points.