F1 Powerboat World Championshis - Portimao race

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World Champion Scott Gillman of the Emirates Team held off the challenge of Italian Guido Cappellini and American Jay Price to win the opening round of the 2007 U.I.M. F1 World Championship for power boating at the 9th Annual Grand Prix of Portugal in front of tens of thousands of race fans along the 1.66 kilometer course on the Arade River on Portugal’s Algarve Coast.

F1 Powerboat World Championshis - Portimao race

The 4-time World Title holder led from the start and never looked back while feeling the pressure from Cappellini who dogged him for the full 60 laps in his new Tamoil DAC hull especially made for the newly mandated crash boxes for added protection of the drivers around the cockpit area. Cappellini had some drama just before the start when he realized his engine had a defective flywheel that needed to be changed just before the parade lap.

The native from Los Angeles, California, Gillman, battled two re-starts after a pair of crashes in mid race by Italian Francesco Cantando and teammate Ahmed Al Hamli and continued to keep Cappellini at bay until the end of the Grand Prix to win for the 2nd time in Portugal and the 23rd time in his 10 year F1 career.

With his victory, Scott Gillman leads the World Championship points table with 20, followed by Cappellini’s 15, Jay Price’s 12, Sami Selio’s 9 and Philippe Dessertenne’s 7. The next round of the 2007 U.I.M. F1 World Championship will be next weekend on France’s West Coast in the city of La Rochelle as the series returns to France for the 18th time and the first since 2000 on the 20th of May.

Results

F1 Powerboat World Championshis - Portimao race

Drivers Championship

Pos.

Driver

Nat

Points

1

Scott Gillman

USA

20

2

Guido Cappellini

ITA

15

3

Jay Price

USA

12

4

Sami Selio

FIN

9

5

Philippe Dessertenne

FRA

7

6

Pierre Lundin

SWE

5

7

David Trask

AUS

4

8

Philippe Chiappe

FRA

3

9

Fabrizio Bocca

ITA

2

10

Leo Bonelli

ITA

1

11

Bobtrask

AUS

0

11

Stan Kourtsenovsky

RUS

0

11

Lin Wu Peng

CHN

0

11

Franco Leidi

ITA

0

11

Valerio Lagiannella

ITA

0

11

Thani Al Qamzi

UAE

0

17

Ahmed Al Hamli

UAE

0

17

Duarte Benavente

POR

0

17

Jonas Andersson

SWE

0

17

Philippe Tourre

FRA

0

17

Fabio Comparato

ITA

0

17

Marco Gambi

ITA

0

17

Francesco Cantando

ITA

0


F1 Powerboat World Championshis - Portimao race

Team Championship

Pos

Team

Points

1

Emirates F1 Team

20

2

Tamoil F1

15

3

Qatar Team

13

4

F1 Team Energy

9

5

Ctic China Team - Charente Maritime

7

6

Comparato Racing

5

7

Xpv Racing

4

8

Atlantic Team

3

9

Rainbow Team

2

10

Singha F1 Racing

0

11

F1 Team Seden

0


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