Friday, 6 November, ABU DHABI (UAE): The world titles for the Class 1 and V1 World Championship will be decided this afternoon in a final race shoot out at the Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi.
Abu Dhabi’s Gary Ballough and John Tomlinson are tantalisingly close to lifting a first world title for the host country and head into the final race with an eight point advantage.
In this morning’s qualifying there best, 4:16.89, means they will line up in second place sandwiched between Victory 3, who went quickest with 4:15.22 and will start on pole, and Victory 7 on their outside.
The Abu Dhabi crew’s closest challenger T-Bone Station starts in fourth spot but has it all to do if the conditions stay the same, their best time ten seconds off the pace.
For the Class 1 title to remain in the UAE but move down the road from Dubai to Abu Dhabi Ballough and Tomlinson need to either beat or finish immediately behind Luca Fendi and Giovanni Carpitella.
For Arif Al Zaffain and Nader Bin Hendi, the defending champions and staring at a 15-point deficit, their only realistic hope is that neither Abu Dhabi nor T-Bone Station goes the distance.
In V1 the absence of Chaudron from the line-up and side lined after breaking yesterday means a new champion is guaranteed, with the battle for the title a two-way fight between yesterday’s winners Karelpiu and Bernico New Star – split by two points.
In qualifying the Bernico New Star crew of Dmitry Vandyshev and Nico Bertels threw down the gauntlet, their time 4:56.05, ten seconds clear of Ian Blacker and Drew Langdon in Silverline and karelpiu, who have switched drivers with Federico Montanari taking over from Giuseppe Schiano.