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F1 Jay Price snatches sensational victory in Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi

2009 UIM F1 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi, UAE – December 5th, rounds 14 of 16

 

For immediate release

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

 

QATAR TEAM’S PRICE SEALS STUNNING

VICTORY IN GRAND PRIX OF ABU DHABI

 

·        Qatar’s Goodman crashes out; Cappellini leads championship

·        Qatar’s Price fastest in practice and second in timed trials

 

ABU DHABI (UAE): The Qatar Team’s Jay Price clinched a sensational victory in Saturday’s Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi and moved back into contention to retain his UIM F1 World Championship title. With Thani Al-Qamzi, Guido Cappellini, Jonas Andersson and Sami Selio all retiring from an action-packed race, Price now heads to the final two Grand Prix in Sharjah next week with an excellent chance of retaining his title.

 

He now holds third position in the UIM F1 Drivers’ Championship, second position in the UIM F1 Pole Position Championship and leads the Fast Lap Slam Trophy.

 

The race featured a spectacular crash between Sweden’s Jonas Andersson and Pierre Lundin and a high-speed hook by Francesco Cantando, before another collision involving Guido Cappellini and Qatar’s Malcolm Goodman cost Qatar’s second driver his place in the race.

 

“This is an historic win for Jay and the Qatar Team,” said a Khalid Bin Arhama Al-Kuwari, Head of Formula Racing at the Qatar Marine Sports Federation (QMSF). “The whole team can be proud of this achievement. Everyone has worked hard to get the boat up to speed and Jay delivered a brilliant performance out there today. The results have definitely gone our way and we have a very good chance of retaining the world title next week. It’s going to be a very exciting few days.”

 

The race

 

Price started the race behind Selio and in front of Cappellini with Goodman down in 15th position, but the World Champion managed to streak ahead of the Finn through the first turn and began to pull away from Cappellini and Selio. A yellow flag was raised almost immediately after a high-speed collision between Jonas Andersson and Pierre Lundin, which almost sank Lundin’s DAC.

 

Officials decided that the boats would need to retake their original starting order for the restart and Price was forced back into second position behind Selio. The Finn held Price off through the opening turns, as Francesco Cantando spun spectacularly out of a turn and Al-Qamzi moved up to third. Cappellini hit trouble and slipped to 12th position, but somehow managed to get back on his pace again.

 

Through nine laps, Selio’s lead had increased to 4.3s and Goodman moved up to 10th position. Cappellini lost his rear cowling and the yellow flag was raised again on the 10th lap after the Italian reportedly collided with Goodman, who was forced out of the race.

 

Before the restart, Cappellini returned to the pontoon to assess the damage to his boat and a new rear cowling was fitted. He rejoined at the rear of the field, one lap behind the leaders, when the green flag was raised again. Price got caught in Selio’s dirty water coming out of the first turn after the restart and slipped behind the leading Finn, as the Team Abu Dhabi duo settled into distant third and fourth places.

 

Al-Qamzi was on course for the World Championship lead again if he could maintain third position, as Selio held a 4.91s over Price after 19 laps and 12 of the 18 starters were left in the race. Al-Qamzi was forced out of the running on lap 20 and his demise threw the title race wide open again, with Selio heading Price after 22 laps.

 

But Selio dramatically ground to a halt on the 23rd lap and handed the race lead and a slim championship opportunity to Price. The Qatar driver held on to take a superb sixth career F1 win and leapt into third place in the points’ standings to cap a dramatic afternoon’s racing.

 

Timed trials and free practice

 

Price and Selio were the class of the field in the timed trials to determine race starting order, but the Finn pipped Price to Pole Position by a mere 0.04s and extended his lead in the UIM F1 Pole Position Championship to seven points with two heats remaining in Sharjah next weekend.

 

Price was half a second faster than Cappellini, while Goodman recorded the 16th fastest time of 54.08s and would start the race at the rear of the field. “It was a good start for us this morning,” said Price. “We pushed hard and pressured Sami all the way. I need to beat Sami to the first turn in the race and try and take the race win from the front. That is the strategy.”

 

Price had made the perfect start to the day’s action by setting the fastest time in the free practice session with a hot lap of 47.64s during his 20-lap stint. It put the World Champion 0.27s in front of Selio, with Cappellini and Francesco Cantando trailing in his wake. Goodman ran for just three laps after his engine problems on Friday and recorded the 16th quickest time, although the team managed to overcome power steering problems that had plagued them over race weekend.

 

2009 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi  – race 2 results (Saturday)

1.

Jay Price (QA) F1 Team Qatar

 

2.

Ahmed Al-Hameli (UAE) Team Abu Dhabi

@ 12.68s

3.

Phillipe Chiappe (F) F1 Atlantic Team

@ 28.33s

4.

Fabio Comparato (I) 800 Doctor Team

@ 36.30s

5.

Francesco Cantando (I) Singha F1 Racing Team

@ 37.21s

6.

Duarte Benavente (P) F1 Atlantic Team

@ 52.75s

 

2009 UIM F1 World Championship – positions after 14 of 16 races:

1.

Guido Cappellini (I) Zepter Team

129 pts

2.

Thani Al-Qamzi (UAE) F1 Team Abu Dhabi

119 pts

3.

Jay Price (QA) F1 Team Qatar

 105 pts

4.

Jonas Andersson (S) Team Azerbaijan

104 pts

5.

Sami Selio (FIN) Mad Croc F1 Team Woodstock

100 pts

6.

Francesco Cantando (I) Singha F1 Racing Team

86 pts

7.

Phillipe Chiappe (F) F1 Atlantic Team

82 pts

8.

Ahmed Al-Hameli (UAE) F1 Team Abu Dhabi

        77 pts

9.

Fabio Comparato (I) 800 Doctor Team

71 pts

 

2009 UIM F1 Pole Position Championship – positions after 14 of 16 rounds:

1.

Sami Selio (FIN) Mad Croc F1 Team Woodstock

193 pts

2.

Jay Price (QA) F1 Team Qatar

186 pts

3.

Guido Cappellini (I) Zepter Team

163 pts

4.

Ahmed Al-Hameli (UAE) F1 Team Abu Dhabi

135 pts

5.

Thani Al-Qamzi (UAE) F1 Team Abu Dhabi

71 pts

5.

Jonas Andersson (S) Team Azerbaijan

71 pts

7.

Francesco Cantando (I) Singha F1 Racing Team

46 pts

8.

Pierre Lundin (S) Team CTIC China-Charente

26 pts

9.

Phillipe Chiappe (F) F1 Atlantic Team

22 pts

10.

Massimo Roggiero (I) Mad Croc F1 Team Woodstock

20 pts

11.

Fabio Comparato (I) 800 Doctor Team

14 pts

12.

Duarte Benavente (P) F1 Atlantic Team

5 pts

 

Ends

  

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Date issued: 05/12/2009

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