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F1 Poor weather conditions force postponement of qualifying in Ukraine

2013 UIM F1 H2O WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Grand Prix of Ukraine - round 2, July 26-28

For immediate release
Friday, July 26th, 2013

POOR WEATHER FORCES QATAR TEAM TO PLAY THE WAITING GAME

· Khalid Al-Kuwari qualifies fourth but F-4S race is cancelled

VYSHGOROD (Ukraine): The Qatar Team’s Shaun Torrente and defending UIM F1 H20 World Champion Alex Carella will have to wait until Saturday morning to qualify for the afternoon’s Grand Prix of Ukraine after Friday’s qualifying session on the Kiev Sea at Vyshgorod was postponed because of adverse weather conditions.

Khalid Abdullah Al-Kuwari qualified fourth for the first of the weekend’s two UIM F-4S races for the Eurofin Trophy, but his race was also cancelled by officials.

Torrente was third in the morning’s free practice session behind Selio and Chiappe, but Carella only ran for eight laps after engine problems.

Khalid Al-Kuwari settled into third during the early minutes of the time trials behind Niklas Friberg and Mike Szimura but the Qatari qualified for the first 25-lap race in fourth position behind eventual pole winner Szimura, Friberg and Latvian debutant Nikita Lijcs. Race officials later decided to cancel the race because of adverse weather conditions.

Szimura was the man to beat in the morning’s free practice session. The German ran for 13 laps and set the quickest time of 41.48sec. Al-Kuwari was third after racing for 13 laps.

Further free practice is permitted on Saturday morning and the second F-4S race starts at 15.00hrs. The 2013 Grand Prix of Ukraine fires into life at 18.00hrs and there will be a series of match races for the President’s Cup to round off the weekend on Sunday.

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Date issued: 26/07/2013

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