F1 Torrente set to replace Price in Qatar Team for 2012 F1 H20 racing season
2012 UIM F1 H2O WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Qatar Team news
For immediate release
Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012
TORRENTE REPLACES PRICE IN QATAR TEAM
FOR 2012 UIM F1 H20 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
· Price resigns and brings an end to historic association with Qatar
· World champion Carella teams up with Torrente and Al-Shamlan
· Brendan Power remains with Qatar Team for 2012 racing season
DOHA (QATAR): The Qatar Team will feature a revised driver line-up for the 2012 UIM F1 H20 World Championship, following the resignation of the team’s 2008 World Champion Jay Price at the end of 2011.
Newly-crowned World Champion, Alex Carella, will be joined by leading rookie Shaun Torrente and Khalid Saleh Al-Shamlan in the Qatar Team for the new f1 racing season that gets underway with the Qatar Grand Prix in Doha Bay on March 9-10.
“Just after the Sharjah race he (Jay) approached me to resign from the team and I accepted his resignation after a few days thought,” 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.
“He was more like a brother to me than a friend and we will never forget that he brought the first world title to Qatar in 2008. He was a fighter and is still a fighter.”
As a mark of the QMSF’s appreciation for the outgoing Price’s 11-year involvement and his contribution to promoting power boating, the New Orleans-based driver will receive a token of appreciation from Sheikh Hassan bin Jabor Al-Thani during the awards’ ceremony at the forthcoming Qatar Grand Prix, where he will attend as a guest of honour of the Qatar Team.
Carella will now be joined by Torrente and Qatar’s F-4S protégé Khaled Saleh Al-Shamlan. The Qatari will continue to race in the UIM F-4S category for the QMSF in a bid to improve on his third place in the 2011 title race, but Al-Kuwari admits that he will also race in a third DAC boat for the main team in select F1 races where possible.
The Qatar Team is currently trying to establish whether two boats can be used in the UIM F-4S Championship. Khalid Al-Kuwari will drive the second Qatar boat in the popular under-category to F1.
Price’s radio man and leading engine builder Brendan Power will remain with the Qatar Team for the 2012 season. “This will ensure that we remain a potent force at the forefront of the UIM F1 World Championship,” added Khalid Bin Arhama Al-Kuwari.
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