x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 17 January 2018

Team Abu Dhabi aim to end season on high in Sharjah

Thani al Qamzi and Ahmed al Hameli can both end their F1 H20 UIM World Championship seasons on a high note at this weekend's Grand Prix of Sharjah.

Thani al Qamzi during practice for last week's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. 

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Thani al Qamzi during practice for last week's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Vittorio Ubertone / Idea Marketing

Team Abu Dhabi's Thani al Qamzi and Ahmed al Hameli can both end their F1 H20 UIM World Championship seasons on a high note at this weekend's Grand Prix of Sharjah.

Al Hameli was crowned UIM F1 Pole Position Champion in Abu Dhabi last weekend and will be hoping to wrap up the Fast Lap Slam Trophy on Friday afternoon.

This is a competition that runs in conjunction with each of the races and sees the driver who sets the fastest lap in the Grand Prix score maximum points.

Al Hameli collected 12 points for third place in his home event last weekend and heads for Khalid Lagoon in Sharjah with an 11-point lead over Qatar's Jay Price in the Fast Lap Slam Trophy.

If the Emirati sets a top-three fastest lap he will add the slam trophy to his pole position title and further emphasise that he is the fastest driver in UIM F1 racing.

"It has been a season of ups and downs and some disappointments," said al Hameli. "I have the pole position title and it would be nice to end the year on a winning note."

Victory for al Qamzi in the final grand prix of the season over Sharjah's six-point course could be sufficient for the second Team Abu Dhabi driver to seal the runner-up spot in the UIM F1 World Drivers' Championship. Provided that Finland's Sami Selio finishes no higher than 10th and al Qamzi wins the race, he could confirm second position.

It is a tall order for al Qamzi in a race where Selio will be going head-to-head with Price in a dramatic two-man showdown for the world championship.

Finland's 2007 world champion trails Qatar's 2008 world champion by four points and needs to win the race outright to confirm the title.

If Price beats Selio, then he wins the title for the second time in three years. It promises to be a thrilling finale to the season.

Rashid al Tayer and Majed al Mansoori have shared driving responsibilities this season for Team Abu Dhabi in the new UIM F-4S Championship.

They currently hold eighth and ninth places in the points' standings and Scott Gillman, the team manager, confirmed on Monday that al Mansoori will take part in the Sharjah races after being replaced by al Tayer in Abu Dhabi.

Schedule

Today

Scrutineering and team registration

Tomorrow

2.30pm. First of the two F-4S races starts

3.50pm F1 qualification session is split into three sections and starts

Friday

2.30pm: F-4S conclude their season with practice, timed trials and the second 20-minute race

4pm: Grand Prix of Sharjah starts

Where: Khalid Lagoon in Sharjah