You are here:   Home Formula Home Qatar’s Carella And Price Collide On Lap One In Sharjah As Carella Claims 2011 Uim F1 H20 World Championship Title

Qatar’s Carella And Torrente Fall Short Of Uim World Title Success In Sharjah Finale

Frenchman Philippe Chiappe wins in Sharjah to claim world crown..Qatar Team wins the 2014 UIM F1 H2O Teams’ Championship..Al-Kuwari finishes fourth from F-4S pole; Rigby wins last race.. ...

Qatar’s Carella And Torrente Qualify Second And Fifth For Friday’s Sharjah Title Showdown

Series leader Philippe Chiappe snatches pole position...Alex Carella claims 2014 UIM F1 H2O Pole Position title...Torrente and Carella fastest in first practice session for Qatar...Al-Kuwari claims F-...

Second And Fifth For Qatar’s Torrente And Carella Throws Title Race Wide Open

Frenchman Philippe Chiappe seals victory and championship lead...Al-Kuwari and Al-Obaidly second and third in F-4S; Rigby wins... ...

Qatar’s Torrente And Carella Edged Out Of Pole Position By Flying Chiappe In Abu Dhabi

Chiappe and China Team secure first ever career pole position...Al-Kuwari qualifies on pole for F-4S race; Rigby takes first win ... ...

Qatar Team’s Shaun Torrente Seals Victory In Action-Packed Grand Prix Of Middle East

Qatar’s World Champion Carella strikes turn buoy and retires...Second place for Frenchman Chiappe; third for Finn Selio...Kuwait’s Al-Rubayan rolls out; fires sideline Forss and Xiong...Al-Obaidly...

Qatar’s Carella And Price Collide On Lap One In Sharjah As Carella Claims 2011 Uim F1 H20 World Championship Title PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 17 December 2011 04:05

  • Team Abu Dhabi seal 1-2 race finish with Al-Hameli and Al-Qamzi.
  • Qatar’s Khalid Saleh Al-Shamlan finishes second in last F-4S race.
  • England’s Matthew Palfreyman claims 2011 UIM F-4S title.
  • Shaun Torrente finishes fifth in surviving Qatar Team boat.





SHARJAH (UAE): The Qatar Team’s Alex Carella was crowned as 2011 UIM F1 H20 World Champion in Friday’s Grand Prix of Sharjah, even before the opening lap of his showdown with Qatar team-mate Jay Price had been completed.



The pair came together spectacularly at a buoy on turn three and took each other out of the race in dramatic circumstances. With neither driver able to continue and both boats destroyed, it meant that young Carella clinched the title for the first time and Price, the 2008 World Champion, had to wait for the outcome of the race before he could be guaranteed his second position in the championship.



“I got a decent launch and my team-mate got a really good start. I got a good line to the next buoy and, unfortunately, we were too close together,” said a disappointed Price. “Those things happen but we are both okay. That is the main thing.”



Shaun Torrente began the race from the back of the field and climbed through the back-markers to snatch fifth position, but the race will be remembered for years for the Qatar Team’s ‘Prost-Senna’ style collision on lap one.



Team Abu Dhabi’s Ahmed Al-Hameli and Thani Al-Qamzi controlled the race in the absence of the Qatar Team duo to take first and second places, with Frenchman Phillipe Chiappe in third place.



“This is the price you pay when you have two drivers fighting for the World Championship,” said Khalid Bin Arhama Al-Kuwari, head of formula racing at the (QMSF), which runs under the presidency of His Excellency Sheikh Hassan bin Jabor Al-Thani. “You have two determined drivers who know the target. I am still very happy. Both are okay and we have first and second in the World Championship. I can’t say more than that.”



The Qatar Team missed out on the Fast Lap Slam Trophy for the winner of the fastest lap at each race. Price led Carella by three points heading into the ‘Sharjah showdown’ and, with neither driver scoring, the door was open for Al-Hameli to pip Price by two points.



Qatar’s Khaled Saleh Al-Shamlan qualified in second place behind Tobias Munthe-Kaas for the last UIM F-4S race of the season and eventually finished in second position. England’s Matthew Palfreyman claimed the title with his second victory of the weekend.



The Grand Prix of Sharjah showdown



The Qatar Team trio lined up in second, fourth and 16th positions for the ‘Sharjah showdown’, with Price shadowing pole winner Ahmed Al-Hameli off the pontoon. Torrente slipped from eighth after requiring an engine change before the race started on the revised two-kilometre course.



Carella made the much better start and began to close in on Price, but neither driver was prepared to give a metre into turn three on lap one and the two drivers took each other out in a fierce collision virtually before the race had started. A yellow flag was raised, Carella was crowned as World Champion and Al-Hameli, Chiappe and Al-Qamzi moved through under a yellow flag.



The race resumed on lap seven and Al-Hameli maintained a 2.42s lead over Chiappe through lap 10, with Al-Qamzi and Francesco Cantando filling third and fourth places. Torrente climbed to eighth and moved up to seventh on lap 20.



Al-Hameli and Al-Qamzi stayed out in front but Torrente lost seventh to Pierre Lundin as the race headed into the remaining 14 laps. A second yellow flag was raised after a boat collided with a turn buoy on lap 25.



Action resumed on lap 31 of 37 and Torrente settled into seventh position, with Al-Hameli, Al-Qamzi and Chiappe retaining the top three positions. Stromoy was penalised for the buoy collision and her misfortune promoted Torrente to fifth place, as the Team Abu Dhabi duo held on to take the win.



Sweden’s Jonas Andersson topped the times in the largely irrelevant second free practice session on Friday morning. He ran for 27 laps and clocked a best tour of 49.07s, with Qatar’s Torrente, Price and Carella in second, third and sixth places.






Al-Shamlan qualified in second position for the final F-4S race of the season. The Qatari set a quickest lap of 46.99s during his 19 laps on the water and that was sufficient for him to slot in behind surprise pole winner Tobias Munthe-Kaas. Title rivals, Sjolholm and Palfreyman, qualified in third and fifth respectively.



The Qatari had been third quickest behind the two championship protagonists in the morning’s free practice session, but all focus switched to the final 20-minute race of the season, as Al-Shamlan targeted victory to end a successful year.



Palfreyman managed to sneak through into the lead at the end of lap one, as Al-Shamlan maintained second position and Sjoholm plummeted to seventh. The Briton extended his lead to 3.19s through four laps, but Al-Shamlan began to pull away from third-placed Filip Roms.



The Qatari maintained close contact with Palfreyman through lap 11 and remained in a comfortable second overall, as Sjolholm’s title dream began to fade with the Swede down in sixth place. Al-Shamlan reduced Palfreyman’s lead to 1.91s after lap 13 and to 1.63s after 14 laps and a frantic tussle was on the cards to the chequered flag.



But the Briton managed to fend off the Qatari’s challenge to seal a 7.58s victory and the 2011 title, with Al-Shamlan taking second on the day and third in the 14-race series behind Sjoholm.



Grand Prix of Sharjah – results


1. Ahmed Al-Hameli (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                            37 laps

 2. Thani Al-Qamzi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                                @ 3.30s

 3. Phillipe Chiappe (FRA) CTIC China Team                            @ 7.75s

 4. Francesco Cantando (ITA) Singha F1 Racing Team           @ 17.36s

 5. Shaun Torrente (QAT) Qatar Team                                         @ 19.67s

 6. Marit Stromoy (NOR) Team Nautica                                       @ 44.87s

 7. Duarte Benavente (POR) F1 Atlantic Team                           1 lap behind             

 8. Rhys Coles (AUS) Team Sweden                                           1 lap behind, etc

 Jay Price (QAT) Qatar Team                                                       DNF               

 Alex Carella (QAT) Qatar Team                                                  DNF                



2011 UIM F1 H20 World Championship – final standings

 1. Alex Carella (QAT) Qatar Team                                     84 pts                                   

 2. Jay Price (QAT) Qatar Team                                          79 pts                                    

 3. Thani Al-Qamzi (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                       75 pts                        

 4. Ahmed Al-Hameli (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                   70 pts                        

 5. Phillipe Chiappe (FRA) CTIC China Team                   47 pts                        

 6. Francesco Cantando (ITA) Singha F1 Racing Team  42 pts                                   

 7. Sami Selio (FIN) Team Mad Croc F1                            21 pts

 8. Davide Padovan (ITA) Team Mad Croc F1                   20 pts

 9. Jonas Andersson (SWE) Team Sweden                      18 pts

 10. Pierre Lundin (SWE) CTIC China Team                     16 pts, etc




2011 UIM F-4S Championship – final standings

1. Matthew Palfreyman (GBR) Team Atlantic                              210 pts                       

 2. Bimba Sjolholm (SWE) Team Sweden                                   181 pts           

 3. Khaled Saleh Al-Shamlan (QAT) Qatar Team                        161 pts                         

 4. Filip Roms (FIN) Team Mad Croc                                            135 pts

 5. Xiong Ziwei (CHN) Team China                                               113 pts                      

 6. Tobias Munthe-Kaas (NOR) Team Nautica                               83 pts                            

 7. Christian Carlsen (NOR) Team Singha                                      36 pts                        

 8. Majed Al-Mansoori (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                             33 pts            

 9. Kristoffer Fjelde (NOR) Team Singha                                        14 pts            

 10. Salem Al-Mansoori (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi                          13 pts       

 11. Carl-Hampus Lundberg (SWE) Team Nautica                       12 pts

 11. Valts Silis (LAT) Team Singha                                                 12 pts





 For further information:

 Neil Perkins, NDP Publicity Services, Mobile: + 44 7831 123153, E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , (press releases).