Team Abu Dhabi’s Shaun Torrente underlined his determination to clinch a second successive drivers’ title in the UIM F1H2O World Championship today by setting the early pace at the start of a tense race weekend in China.
Carrying a slim three-point lead over Sweden’s Jonas Andersson in Grand Prix of Xiamen, Torrente was comfortably fastest in the two-hour official practice session with a lap of 55.41 secs on the 2,516m Wuyan Bay circuit.
With Norway’s Marit Stromoy (56.39) and Italian former four-time world champion Alex Carella (56.37) clocking the two next best times, Team Abu Dhabi’s Thani Al Qemzi (56.39), lying third in the world title race, was fourth fastest.
While this year’s F1H2O World Championship concludes in Sharjah in December, developments in the Grand Prix doubleheader in China in the space of 24 hours could decide the significant issues.
Team Abu Dhabi’s Torrente and Al Qemzi, starting the weekend with eight Grand Prix career victories each, hold a 32 pts lead over Team Sweden in their bid to retain the world team title.