|Abdulla Al-Sulaiti (Qatar)|
|Qatar 95 - Driver|
|Date of Birth||20/08/1975|
|Place of Birth||Doha, Qatar|
|Abdullah made his Class 1 debut in 2005, taking his first podium in Doha, finishing second, and his second podium in Dubai alongside Matteo Nicolini. His first win in Class 1 came in the Qatar Grand Prix in Doha in 2006, finishing third overall in the title race. He made his powerboat racing debut in 2002 competing in the Middle East F2 series, going on to compete in the F2 World Championships in 2004 and 2005, scoring three top ten finishes. In 2004 he competed in the Qatar Pleasure Boat Championship winning his first race and finishing second and third in the next two to win the championship. In 2006 he won the Class 3, 6 litre World and Middle East Championships alongside Matteo Nicolini. He is a marine engineer by profession.|
|U-1 Spirit Of Qatar’s Villwock Earns Third In Lamb Weston Colombia Cup|
|Tuesday, 31 July 2012 04:09|
KENNEWICK (USA): U-1 Spirit of Qatar’s Dave Villwock came away from the Lamb Weston Colombia Cup at Kennewick in Washington with victories in qualifying and his first heat but finished the final in third position after a dramatic weekend’s racing.
The defending National High Points champion also saw his lead at the top of the points standings in the 2012 Air National Guard H1 Hydroplane Series reduced from 465 points to 190 after three days of racing on the Colombia River.
Maryland’s Jimmy Shane won the neck-and-neck final from J. Michael Kelly and Villwock in third. Steve David led the final two laps of the final but was penalised for a buoy violation in one of the closest finishes in hydroplane history.
Villwock, the Washington State team driver, races an Ellstrom Racing-built hydroplane, which has the backing of the Qatar Marine Sports Federation (QMSF), under the presidency of Sheikh Hassan bin Jabor Al-Thani.
Villwock confirmed the 100 points for winning Friday afternoon’s qualifying session with an average lap speed of 159.648mph over the 2.5-mile Colombia River course. The Qatar-backed driver duly extended his National High Point lead over David by 20 points after the Florida-based U-6 driver fell just short of the U-1’s speed.
Villwock was drawn with Ryan Mallow, Scott Liddycoat and Mark Evans in Heat 1A, but Liddycoat failed to start the heat with propeller issues, Evans didn’t finish with similar problems and Villwock was able to cruise through to take the 400 points for the heat win, although David did win Heat 1B to maintain the points’ difference in the title race.
Heat 2A would be crucial with Villwock and David drawn in the same heat along with Jimmy Shane, Jon Zimmerman, Brian Perkins and Greg Hopp. But Villwock failed to finish the heat with damage and gearbox woes and Shane stormed through to take the chequered flag and 400 vital points. David settled for second and Hopp snatched third in front of Zimmerman and Perkins. J. Michael Kelly won Heat 2B.
Villwock was drawn with Mallow David, Shane, Perkins and Hopp for Heat 3B and knew it was vital to win the heat and claw back some points. But the heat win fell to David, with Shane snatching second and Villwock taking third.
Shane went on to clinch maximum points in the final to seal the Lamb Weston Colombia Cup, with J. Michael Kelly taking second and Villwock coming in third.
Action resumes at the Seattle Seafair, the fourth round of the series, this weekend.
Accumulated Points after round three
Number - Boat Driver Points
U-1 Spirit of Qatar 96 Dave Villwock 4600
U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto Steve David 4410
U-5 Graham Trucking Jimmy Shane 3633
U-37 Miss Beacon Plumbing J. Michael Kelly 3122
U-88 Degree Men Scott Liddycoat 2768
U-9 Jones Racing Jon Zimmerman 2714
U-11 Miss Peters & May JW Myers 2172
U-100 Leland Unlimited Greg Hopp 2100
U-57 Formulaboats.com Mark Evans 1882
U-17 Miss Red Dot Kip Brown 1718, etc
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