United Kingdom, London 16th July 2018: Dubai-based Victory Team drivers Alex Carella and Ahmed Al Hameli are aiming to capture a strong haul of points in Round 2 of their UIM F1H2O World Championship campaign – the flagship series of international single-seater inshore circuit powerboat racing – as the series returns to London for the first time in 33 years.
This weekend’s UIM F1H2O Grand Prix of London will be staged at the historic Royal Victoria Dock, and this year’s event marks the fourth time the UK capital has hosted a round of the championship.
Currently leading the F1 championship is American driver Shaun Torrente, but four-time world champion Carella is poised in fourth position and will be looking to forge up the leaderboard with a strong result in London. Hameli will also be aiming to improve his standing after a difficult start to the championship in the opening round of the series in Portimao, Portugal.
If anyone knows how to put together a championship campaign, it’s Carella, who has bagged four F1H2O titles over the past eight years. The 33-year-old Italian pilot is regarded as one of the most gifted competitors in the sport, while 39-year-old Hameli is also a veteran racer backed by vast experience.
Formula 4 racing is no less thrilling, and in this category Emirati Victory Team driver Ahmed Al Fahim is aiming to makes his mark in his maiden F4 season. Al Fahim has already had a varied motorsport career, having competed in the 2015 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge and winning the Emirates Desert Rally Championship. On water he has won the UAE Jet-Ski Championships and been crowned Middle East and Asian Champion.
Victory Team Chairman Huraiz Almur Mohamed Bin Huraiz says: “The aim of Victory Team is to be not less than number one in all race categories and to accomplish International achievements and raise our nation to be among the best in the field of marine sports. Our experts employ the latest technology, designs, and methods to develop our brand-new boats, to make Victory a leading establishment in the field of racing and manufacture of powerboats.”
The first official practice session for the Grand Prix of London is at 10:15am (1:15pm UAE time), followed by BRM Official Qualifying at 3:30pm (6:30pm UAE time), with the final practice session of the weekend at 10:15am (1:15pm UAE time) on Sunday and the UIM F1H2O Grand Prix of London starting at 3pm (6pm UAE time).