Championship points leader disqualified for missing vital marker
Team Abu Dhabi’s Ahmed Al-Hameli and Thani Al-Qamzi dominated the Chinese Grand Prix held on the Liu River in Liuzhou on Sunday with Al-Hameli dropping to second on the penultimate lap enabling Al-Qamzi to take maximum points and maintain his title challenge.
“It was an exciting day for the team and for me,” said Al-Qamzi. “It’s been a long time since I last won but more importantly it’s great for the team to know that both Ahmed and I have a chance of featuring in the championship in 2011.
“While to two Team Abu Dhabi boats lay first and second, a three boat battle for third was taking place between Team Qatar driver Jay Price running just ahead of Philippe Chiappe and defending Finnish World Champion Sami Selio. Selio was later to crash heavily on the 29th lap forcing a re-start where Al Qamzi took full advantage.
It was on 35th and final lap that series points leader Jay Price of the United States (pictured) was disqualified for missing a marker. This opened up the way for Frenchman Chiappe to move into third slot and his seventh career podium place for the local CTIC China Team.