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AQUA Pole position postponed as racers use Wednesday for Aquabike free practice

2015 UIM-ABP AQUABIKE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Aquabike Grand Prix of Qatar, March 4-6 – round 1

For immediate release
Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

POLE POSITION POSTPONED AS RACERS USE WEDNESDAY
FOR PRACTICE SESSION AT AQUABIKE GRAND PRIX OF QATAR

· Jeremy Poret tops unofficial practice times in Ski Division GP1
· Jennifer Menard on form in Ski Division Ladies GP1 category

DOHA (Qatar): Race officials at the Qatar Marine Sports Federation (QMSF) revised the timetable for the UIM-ABP Aquabike Grand Prix of Qatar on Doha Bay on Wednesday and the pole position qualifying sessions were put back to Thursday morning and will now run immediately before the first of the World Championship heats.

This meant that Wednesday was a quiet day by Aquabike standards and included five free practice sessions for the various categories and pre-qualifying for one group of Runabout racers.

Twenty-nine competitors featured on the registration list for the competitive Runabout GP1 category and the list included Qatari entrants, Mohammed Al-Haidus, Waleed Al-Sharshani, Rashid Al-Mannai and Thamer Al-Darwish.

A quartet of Kuwaiti racers were headed by former champion Youssef Al-Abdulrazzaq while Khalifa Belsekah and Mohammed Mohsen represented the UAE on the entry list, which was dominated by French, Swedish and Polish racers. They will all be hoping for a useful qualifying position when the official green flag is raised on Thursday.

Sixteen aquabike entrants were registered for the men’s Ski Division GP1 section. Emirati Almur Bin Herais was the sole Arab entry on the list that included the likes of Jeremy, Mikael and Morgan Poret of France and the American Brock Austin.

Results were unofficial as we closed for press, but Jeremy Poret carded the fastest of the unofficial practice laps – a hot tour of the Doha Bay course in 1min 46.85sec. Nacho Armillas and Mickael Poret were his closest challengers.

Eight girls were entered in the Ski Division Ladies GP1 section. Defending Qatar champion Jennifer Menard of France was joined by Estelle Poret, the Swedish duo of Jonna Borgström and Emma-Nellie Örtendahl, Japan’s Yuki Kurahashi, Russia’s Kylie Ellmers, the experienced Italian Marta Sorrentino and the Spaniard Sandra Fernandez.

Menard continued where she left off last year and an unofficial fast lap of 1min 52.67sec left her well clear of Ellmers and Örtendahl. Borgström, Poret and Sorrentino trailed in their wake, but the all-important pole position action takes place on Thursday morning.

The talented Slovenian Freestyle artist Rok Florjancic tops four other competitors in the Freestyle category that included his brother Nac, Italy’s Roberto Mariani and the Qatari duo of Fahad Thani Al-Hamli and Bader Al-Abdullah.

They had their own opportunity to test out the salty waters of Doha Bay, but the real competition begins in earnest on Thursday with Rok Florjancic hoping to continue his awesome run of form to entertain the Qatar crowds with a spectacular Freestyle display.

Pole position qualifying now replaces further free practice on the Doha Bay course on Thursday morning and the first of the World Championship heats starts with Ski Division GP1 between 2pm and 2.30pm. Freestyle entrants take centre stage for 30 minutes from 3.15pm and the Runabout GP1 heats start at 4pm.

There will be a spectacular floodlit parallel slalom ski, runabout and freestyle show for spectators between 7pm and 9pm on Thursday evening. Everyone is welcome and admission is free.

2015 Aquabike Grand Prix of Qatar – revised timetable of events

Thursday, March 5

09.30 – 12.00 Pole Position
09.30-10.00 Ski Division GP1
10.10-10.40 Sky Ladies GP1
10.50-11.20 Runabout GP1
11.30-12.00 Freestyle
14.00 – 15.45 World Championship – 1st heats
14.00-14.30 Ski Division GP1
14.30-15.00 Ski Ladies GP1
15.15-15.45 Freestyle
16.00-16.30 Runabout GP1
19.00 – 21.00 Parallel Slalom Ski & Runabout and Freestyle Show

Ends

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www.qmsf.org
www.aquabike.net

Date issued: 04/03/2015

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