Swede Jonas Andersson rounded off a triumphant season in the UIM F1H2O World Championship on Sunday with victory in the Grand Prix of Sharjah, as Team Abu Dhabi’s Thani Al Qemzi grabbed a podium place in a dramatic finish.
Sheikh Khaled bin Abdullah bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Department of Seaports and Customs, presented the awards to the champions.
Andersson, who clinched the individual driver’s crown in Sardinia two months ago, recorded his fourth victory in a row, and clinched the F1H2O team championship for Team Sweden in partnership with Kalle Viippo, who finished fifth on the day.
Victory Team’s Erik Stark took second place to finish runner-up in the championship, while Al Qemzi, who had helped Team Abu Dhabi dominate the team title race five seasons in a row, snatched third spot from China CTIC Team’s Peter Morin by half a boat length on the finish line.
Morin took third place in the series ahead of Sharjah Team’s Ferdinand Zandbergen, who had begun the race lying second in the championship, but made an early exit.
Andersson was in control from start to finish after winning the previous day’s spectacular battle for pole position with Team Abu Dhabi’s three-time world champion, Shaun Torrente.
Torrente, was unable to race following his accident during the second of Saturday’s afternoon sprint races. But he was reunited with his team after spending the night in hospital, and undergoing extensive medical tests.
He saw his two Abu Dhabi team-mates produce strong finishes to the season after both were disappointed during qualifying, while Team Abu Dhabi also finished runners up in the team championship.
As his cousin, Thani, climbed from seventh place at the start to gain another podium and fifth place overall in the championship, Rashed Al Qemzi, the four-time F2 world champion, gained three places to finish in the top ten.
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