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    Default Ziggy & Charlie Strang Elected To 2011 Hall Of Fame!

    More good reasons why we need a UIM F-1 race in the US..
    The Hall of Fame has many Americans..

    ABU DHABI – Wednesday, August 17, 2011 – In the closest, most tense voting tallies in the history of the UIM F1 H2O World Championship “Hall of Fame” election, two pillars of the sport of power boat racing, Siegfried “Ziggy” Boettle and Charlie Strang, were officially elected into the sports 2011 “ring of honor”.

    The election, was open to race fans around the world having an opportunity to vote on the official website at www.f1h2o.com with the final results giving Ziggy Boettle a 42% tally easily the top vote getter while the battle for the final spot for the Hall of Fame going right down to the final day with Charlie just out-dueling Germany’s Michael Werner by one percentage point. Ziggy and Charlie will join the likes of Renato Molinari, William Seebold, Scott Gillman and Fred Hauenstein Jr. into the history books and will forever be part of the “Hall of Fame” family.

    The two men, both of whom make their homes in the Chicago area of the USA, began their influence in the sport long before the UIM F1 H2O tour came into existence back in 1981, will be honored at the season ending banquet in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates on the 16th of December.

    Ziggy, who was one of top engineers for Outboard Marine Corporation (OMC) for over 40 years, devoted his time to the sport of power boat racing for over three decades be it from local levels in the Chicago area to the international UIM community. In 1996 he became the UIM F1 H2O Technical Commissioner regarding the legalities of all racing drivers throughout a Grand Prix weekend in all aspects of equipment and race engines.

    The Gurnee, Illinois resident has served many years with the UIM International Governing body and is currently head of the “Safety Cockpit Committee” on the F1 Committee roundtable as well.

    Charlie Strang is one of living legends of the sport. He developed and designed the concept and later started the UIM F1 World Championship for OMC back in 1981. Charlie fell in love with the sport of boat racing after attending the New York Boat Show when he was young.

    He started racing in 1937 at the age of 14. After serving for the Army Air Corp in World War II Charlie was involved with early jet aircraft engineering. He taught his theories at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) while still being drawn to his first passion of boat racing. This interest eventually steered him over to the business side of the sport and went to work for Carl Kiekhaefer at Mercury Marine. Later making the move to rival OMC.

    Charlie has served as President of the APBA (American Powerboat Association) and is currently the Senior Vice President of the USA for the Executive Committee of the UIM. Charlie has received the UIM “Medal of Honor” and the “American Success Award” from ex-President Bush.

    Both men are truly deserving of this honor as both visionaries and pioneers of the most exciting and thrilling sport on water, the UIM F1 H2O World Championship for power boating.

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    Shaun Torrente Joins Qatar Team For Emirates Events!




    ABU DHABI –Tuesday, November 8, 2011

    Rookie-of-the-Year candidate Shaun Torrente of Miami, Florida returns to the UIM F1H2O World Championship series at the 20th Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi on the eighth and ninth of December along the Corniche which expects tens of thousands of fans to take in the two day festival of speed on water.
    Shaun returns to the series after beginning this season driving for Team Sweden. Torrente missed out on the Grand Prix of China in Liuzhou in October and now arrives as the third member with the Qatar Team. The racing group leads in the Teams Point Championship table with 131 points courtesy of three victories in the first five races of 2011 campaign.
    The 33 year-old driver, who is a two-time North American F1 title holder and a SST-120 champion three times over, is currently tied for 10th place in the UIM F1H2O World Championship standings with nine points on the strength of his fourth place finish at the opening race of the year in Doha, Qatar.
    After the opening round, a mix of two straight crashes followed by a mechanical problem and an early DNF in Kiev has clouded his progress in this, his first full season in international F1 competition.
    “I'm really excited about joining the Qatar Team,” stated Shaun. “This multi-international group of professionals including their great pair of drivers in Jay Price and Alex Carella will be a great group to work with and I'm looking forward to helping the team and hopefully myself to more great success in the all-important final rounds of the championship in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah a week later.”
    Shaun, who isn't shy about his talents, had a great shot at his first ever Grand Prix win in only his second event in Portimao in Portugal but he and talented Norwegian woman driver Marit Stromoy got together on a restart early in the Grand Prix and made for one of the most memorable moments of the season with both crashing out in spectacular fashion in their battle for the lead of the race and ending their dreams of their first Grand Prix victory.
    “I look back on that crash and I wish I had it all back again,” said Shaun. “The most important aspect of this opening season is the faith that my sponsors Peters & Mayhave in me and knowing we have both qualified well and raced strongly and now are looking for a podium and “Rookie-of-the-Year” honors to wrap up the season.”
    Shaun has spent the last month preparing his Californian built GRAN PRIX boat, the same in which he piloted to nine victories in 26 starts in the last three years. It was shipped recently from Ontario in Canada and is expected to arrive shortly in Abu Dhabi.

    The Qatar Team is sitting atop the Team Points standings followed closely by Team Abu Dhabi which is making their mark in the last half of the season having won the last two races in Kiev and Liuzhou. Sitting with 99 points the team, led by four-time World Champion Scott Gillman still has an outside chance of claiming the title in their native city of Sharjah on the 16th of December.
    Team Qatar's drivers Price and Carella are one-two in the championship with Jay leading by just three points sitting atop the table with 67 points to Alex's 64.
    Still with a shot is Team Abu Dhabi's Thani Al Qamzi who is coming off his first race win in almost two years after winning in China five weeks ago. Thani sits 12 points back and will need some help but with 20 points for victory, 15 for second and 12 for third, any mistake by either Price or Carella can open the door quickly for Al Qamzi's first title.
    All the pressure will now sit squarely on Qatar Team Manager Khalid Al Kuwari and his colleague Brendan Power to see if they can give the Qatar Marine Sports Federation (QMSF) their first World Championship since Jay earned it back in the 2008 season. For Shaun Torrente, maybe he's the magic elixir this team needs to get them over the hump and win another Team title as well. We see how it all begins to play out in a month’s time.

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    Now we really need a UIM F1 race in the USA.

    Only a total of four races this year. Three in the Middle East and one in China..??

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    F2 more popular
    Is it cost or engine availbility?

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    Pathetic calendar, if they keep evading the Green Engine issues then it'll be even more a Middle Eastern championship.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lars Strom View Post
    Now we really need a UIM F1 race in the USA.

    Only a total of four races this year. Three in the Middle East and one in China..??

    An up to date F1 race calender.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Powerabout View Post
    F2 more popular
    Is it cost or engine availbility?
    Well..very few F2 races also. I think no sponsorship to organize races is the main reason
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lars Strom View Post
    Well..very few F2 races also. I think no sponsorship to organize races is the main reason
    Think you are absolutely right Lars. If you look at all types of racing these days, Nascar, Indy Car, Motorcycles, even Formula One Auto, everyone is griping about the costs involved for equipment, drivers money, sponsorship money, both for the teams and the individuals sports. Look at the grandstands lately for the last couple of years at the Nascar events as they are televised. Lots of the grandstands are closed so they will not seem to be partially empty.

    It would seem that all but a very few media outlets persist in telling everyone how good the economy is these days. My answer to that is that it always has been the middle class that supports these events with their ticket money and the bucks they spend on the sponsors products. I may not know much economics, but the big marketing departments of the corporations that provide the dollars that make it possible for these motor sport events sure do, and they just aren't buying right now like they did several years ago to provide the moneys to spend for all the things it takes to put a major motor sports event on, and get what they feel is a good return on their investment. Maybe the next election will bring some different type "change", if we can all wait that long.

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