F1 Qatar Team faces setback in advance of home Grand Prix
2009 UIM F1 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Grand Prix of Qatar, Doha – November 27th-28th, rounds 11 /12 of 16
For immediate release
Wednesday, November 25th, 2009
TEAM QATAR SUFFERS MINOR SET-BACK IN
PREPARATIONS FOR GRAND PRIX OF QATAR
· Race boats and spares delayed between Khor Fakkan and Qatar
DOHA (Qatar): Team Qatar’s preparations for this weekend’s Grand Prix of Qatar suffered a minor set-back when the ship containing the race boats and many of the spares was delayed between Khor Fakkan and Qatar.
According to Team Qatar’s Khalid Bin Arhama Al-Kuwari, Head of Formula Racing at the Qatar Marine Sports Federation (QMSF), the ship had been scheduled to arrive in Doha on November 20th, but was delayed because of poor weather en route and was supposed to dock in Qatar on Thursday morning (tomorrow). This meant that the team and race officials faced a race against time to prepare for the two races on Friday and Saturday.
The Qatar Team’s engine expert Brendan Power confirmed that three new engines have arrived in Qatar for Price’s boat and a further three power plants are currently in the container on the ship from Khor Fakkan to Doha.
“We air freighted three engines into Qatar for Jay’s boat and the rest of the spares are still at sea, so we have a slight delay with our preparations,” admitted Power. “We have new and improved engines, with some ‘top secret’ developments, specifically designed for the Doha race course. We just hope that we get enough time to get everything ready. Rushing our preparations is not ideal.”
Jay Price, the defending UIM F1 World Champion, arrived in Qatar on Monday and is hoping to score 40 points this weekend for a pair of race wins. “We’ve really struggled with luck this season and need that to change. We need to close the gap on the leaders in Qatar and put ourselves in a much stronger position before the last four races of the year in the UAE.”
The Qatar Grand Prix is being organised by the QMSF under the presidency of His Excellency Sheikh Hassan bin Jabor Al-Thani and the auspices of the UIM. Documentation and team registration will take place on Thursday, with practice, time trials and two races scheduled to take place on Friday and Saturday.
2009 UIM F1 World Championship – positions after 10 of 16 races:
1. Jonas Andersson (S) Team Azerbaijan 92 pts
2. Thani Al-Qamzi (UAE) F1 Team Abu Dhabi 88 pts
3. Sami Selio (FIN) Mad Croc F1 Team Woodstock 83 pts
4. Jay Price (QA) F1 Team Qatar 70 pts
5. Guido Cappellini (I) Zepter Team 69 pts
6. Francesco Cantando (I) Singha F1 Racing Team 55 pts
7. Ahmed Al-Hameli (UAE) F1 Team Abu Dhabi 52 pts, etc
2009 UIM F1 Pole Position Championship – positions after 10 of 16 rounds:
1. Jay Price (QA) F1 Team Qatar 135 pts
2. Sami Selio (FIN) Mad Croc F1 Team Woodstock 133 pts
3. Guido Cappellini (I) Zepter Team 107 pts
4. Ahmed Al-Hameli (UAE) F1 Team Abu Dhabi 102 pts
5. Jonas Andersson (S) Team Azerbaijan 71 pts
6. Thani Al-Qamzi (UAE) F1 Team Abu Dhabi 43 pts
7. Francesco Cantando (I) Singha F1 Racing Team 36 pts
8. Pierre Lundin (S) Team CTIC China-Charente 26 pts
9. Massimo Roggiero (I) Mad Croc F1 Team Woodstock 20 pts
10. Phillipe Chiappe (F) F1 Atlantic Team 7 pts
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