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Abu Dhabi and Qatar teams eye title as Sharjah Grand Prix set to make splash
BY Amir Naqvi December 06, 2012
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SHARJAH: Team Abu Dhabi and Qatar have set sights on UIM F1 H20 Teams’ World Championship title at the Sharjah Grand Prix, the final round of the event, which will get underway on Dec.6.

Brimming with confidence, the Qatar Team are fresh from capturing both the Drivers’ Championship and the Pole Position Championship at the previous round –– Abu Dhabi Grand Prix –– with driver Alex Carella notching the top honours for the second straight season.

But the champions have locked horns with Team Abu Dhabi for the available silverware.

After five rounds of the series, Team Abu Dhabi hold a three-point advantage over their rivals and drivers Thani Al Qamzi and Majed Al Mansoori will try to make the most in the final round at the Khalid Lagoon.

Qamzi has won twice before in 2006 and 2008 and hopes to become the first three-time winner at Sharjah.

Rashed Al Qamzi and Mohammed Al Mehairbi are lined up to represent Team Abu Dhabi in the final two UIM F-4S races for the Eurofin Trophy.

Qatar team’s Carella ruled out to bask in the glory of retaining the title and said they will go all out for the Teams’ crown.

“We will try our best for the Teams’ Championship in the Sharjah Grand Prix,” added the 27 year-old. Besides, Teams’ crown, three drivers, Philippe Chiappe, Sami Selio and Qamzi are still in the hunt for the runner-up position in the Drivers Championship.

With 20 points still available for a winning performance, Chiappe has 57, Selio 53 and Qamzi with 40.

All will try to earn the number two position near the top of the table behind Carella.

Team Mad Croc’s Selio said he has nothing to lose but would be happy to finish the season as second.

Terming Abu Dhabi and Sharjah as toughest turfs across the world, Selio said: “Will do the maximum for earning the runners-up spot.”

Talking to the newsmen on Wednesday, Mohammed Ali Al Noman, chairman of Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA), said the 13th Grand Prix, part of the 15-day Water Festival is source of pride not just for Sharjat and UAE but for the whole region.

“The SCTDA has been constantly working and following a long-term strategy to promote the emirate and its tourism sector at various levels by hosting world-class sporting events.”

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