Ahmed Al Fahim triumphs in fifth round of 2018 UIM F1H2O World Championship

Sport360 staff 18:10 19/11/2018
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Victory Team’s Ahmed Al Fahim lived up to his potential with outright triumph in the second race of the F4 category during the Grand Prix of India, the fifth round of the 2018 UIM F1H2O World Championship, on Sunday.

Al Fahim, who was one of the few emirati talents given a break at the start of the season, finished the second race on the Krishna River to take maximum points and pull himself into contention for overall honours.

The race was always going to be an interesting one after Al Fahim claimed pole position with a fine lap of 53.61 seconds leaving England’s Sam Whittle in second and Team Abu Dhabi’s Mohammad Al Mehairbi in fifth.

Race one winner Rudolf Mihaldinecz did not start the qualifying session leaving the field open for the rest of the drivers.

Al Fahim led the way towards the first turn and completed the first lap 1.88 seconds off Whittle, but the yellow flag was raised almost immediately before action re-started on Lap 3.

Al Fahim began to pull away from Whittle with the seven surviving boats holding station through Lap 8 of 20 with the leader extending his advantage.

There were no changes to the running order after Lap 12 and Al Fahim managed to hold on to his lead to claim the win over Whittle by nearly five seconds.

Ahmed Al Hameli and Alex Carella, Al Fahim’s teammates, were not as fortunate with Al Hameli coming in eighth, while Carella did not even finish his race.

Action in the UIM F1 H2O World Championship reaches a conclusion with two races in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah in December.

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