The 11th year of UIM F1 H20 racing got underway earlier this month in Doha Bay, Qatar as three-time world champion Alex Carella made his debut for Team Abu Dhabi, writes former Poole-based British Champion Richard Carr.
Strong race pace
Carella, who struggled to get to grips with his new set-up during qualifying, showed much better pace in the race and performed well to finish fifth after starting in tenth.
The first round victory went to American Shaun Torrente led from start to finish to record the win for the Qatar Team
Italian Carella won his three world titles in succession between 2011 and 2013 for Qatar Team. However, he will now partner Emirati Thani Al Qamzi at Team Abu Dhabi whilst being mentored by his compatriot, the 10-time world champion Guido Capellini.
One of the best of his generation
Speaking about the move, Carella told The National: “I am thrilled to be joining Team Abu Dhabi. I have often thought about this team in the past and they know exactly the meaning of professionalism and competing at the highest level.
Team Abu Dhabi General Manager Salem Rumaithi heaped the praise on Carella, calling him: “one of the finest racers in the world and probably the best of his generation.”
Despite the rocky start, Carella will be hoping to regain his world championship crown, which he lost by eight points last year.
After winning the opening two rounds in 2014, a disqualification cost Carella and he lost out on the world title to France’s Phillippe Chiappe of the CTIC China Team by eight points.
A three extra races have been added to the F1 H20 World Championship calendar in 2015. The second race in Doha was scrapped as was the race in China, whilst races in Evian-les-Bains, France and Porto, Portugal have been added. The Grand Prix of Thailand will also make its debut
About Richard Carr
Richard Carr is one of the UK’s most experienced and successful powerboat racers, who has competed in the sport globally.
He has won numerous domestic and international honours: he became British Class 1 Champion in 1991; he was the winner of the coveted Needles Trophy and he also came second in the Cowes Torquay Cowes race in 1992. It was the year the race was controversially competed in the fog and it has been argued for many years that he actually won the race.
He is known in the sport for his aggressive racing character in rough seas and recently raced in the USA for Geico in 2011.
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