|Qatar’s Price And Carella Face Crucial F1 Timed Trials In Doha Bay On Friday|
|Thursday, 03 March 2011 11:07|
DOHA (Qatar): The Qatar Team’s Jay Price and Alex Carella will take to the water for the first time this season in a competitive environment when the first free practice session and the official timed trials for the Grand Prix of Qatar take place on Friday.
The Doha Bay event gets the 2011 UIM F1 H20 World Championship underway and Price and Carella are under no illusion that they need to put points on the board over the next two days of racing action on the demanding Qatar race course.
The pair managed to test their Qatar Team boats before race weekend, but the times they set during Friday morning’s free practice session will go a long way to ascertaining the competitiveness of the boat set-up that Khalid Bin Arhama Al-Kuwari’s team at the Qatar Marine Sports Federation (QMSF) will have this weekend. The 9th Grand Prix of Qatar is being organised by the QMSF under the presidency of His Excellency Sheikh Hassan bin Jabor Al-Thani.
Price and Carella will be joined by 13 other F1 hopefuls in Friday morning’s free practice session. They include Team Abu Dhabi’s Thani Al-Qamzi and Ahmed Al-Hameli and defending World Champion Sami Selio.
The F1 crews will then hand the racecourse over to the teams competing in the UIM F4-S Championship before returning for the crucial timed trials that start at 15.00hrs (Doha time).
Khaled Saleh Al-Shamlan will represent the Qatar Team in the UIM F4-S series for the second year. He finished sixth overall last season in his first full year with the team in a top class international racing competition and the QMSF’s Al-Kuwari is confident that the Doha-based driver will improve rapidly as the year progresses.
“Khaled set some excellent lap times and achieved some good results last season so we are confident that he can maintain his progress,” said Al-Kuwari.
Thirty-five-year old Al-Shamlan faces competition in the F4-S category from Team Abu Dhabi’s Majed Al-Mansoori, Team Nautica’s Matthew Palfreyman, Team China’s Xiong Ziwei, Stefan Hagin of Team Atlantic, Team Mad Croc’s Filip Roms, Team Azerbaijan’s Bimba Sjoholm and Tobias Munthe-Kaas and Kristoffer Felde of Team Singha. David Del Pin of Team 800 Doctor and defending champion Oskar Samuelsson of Team Rainbow complete the provisional season-starting line-up of 12 drivers.
New season racing action starts at 09.15hrs (Doha time) with the first one-hour free practice session. This will be followed by a 20-minute practice for the F4-S runners and precedes their 20-minute timed trials to determine the starting order for the first of their two weekend races at 13.00hrs.
The first F1 qualifying session of the new season roars into life at 15.00hrs and follows the traditional F1-car style elimination format that has been so successful since its introduction.
2011 UIM F4-S Championship entrants
35. Kristoffer Fjelde (N)/Tobias Munthe Kaas (N) Team Singha
40. Stefan Hagin (D) Team Atlantic
41. Bimba Sjolholm (S) Team Azerbaijan
43. Matthew Palfreyman (GB) Team Nautica
44. Oskar Samuelsson (S) Team Rainbow
51. Filip Roms (FIN) Team Mad Croc
56. Majed Al-Mansoori (UAE)/Rashed Al-Tayer (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi
63. Khaled Saleh Al-Shamlan (QA) Team Qatar
71. David Del Pin (I) Team 800 Doctor
88. Xiong Ziwei (CN) Team China
Timetable of events
Friday, March 4
09.15 – 10.15 Free practice F1
10.30 – 10.50 Free practice F4-S
11.00 – 11.20 Timed trials F4-S
13.00 – 13.20 F4-S race 1 (20 mins)
15.00 – 16.00 F1 qualifying
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