Wednesday, 13 December, SHARJAH (UAE): Title rivals Alex Carella and Philippe Chiappe launched their final push for the coveted top spot in the UIM F1H2O World Championship in this afternoon’s practice session on Khalid Lagoon, with Chiappe claiming the psychological advantage posting a 47.70s lap to top the time sheets, Carella 0.81s off the pace in seventh.
@adimsc.ae Competitors got their first taste of the 2.057km race course on Sharjah’s Khaled Lagoon during a free 90-minute practice session on Wednesday afternoon.
Marit Stromoy continued her impressive run of form but left it late into the 90 minute session before laying down her best time and moving up from outside the top ten to match Chiappe’s 47.70, with Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al Qemzi grabbing the in-house bragging rights with his best ever practice performance going third quickest with a 48.21s lap.
This afternoon’s session saw 16 drivers out on the water with Sami Selio opting to start after his two spectacular crashes in Abu Dhabi last week and went a credible ninth quickest despite losing his cowling and returning to the pits. “Well the boats still the right way up and almost all the parts we put in the water came back,” said an upbeat Selio. “We were in a rush and these things happen but no big drama. The boat ran well but I didn’t really push in these tricky conditions which is not normal for Sharjah. The eye is fine but I will probably see the nightmare when and if Q2 shows up tomorrow!”