Racing under the Qatar flag, a second place improves Jay’s points lead
American Jay Price achieved a four-point lead in the Formula 1 World Powerboat Championship over the weekend after finishing second overall in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
He was beaten in the second round of the event by Finnish driver Sami Selio, who led from start to finish to keep alive his ambition of winning a second world title.
Price and Selio will now go head-to-head to decide the outcome of the World Championship in Khalid Lagoon next weekend.
Team Abu Dhabi’s Thani Al-Qamzi snatched third place from Ahmed Al-Hameli, but can no longer catch Price and win the title.
Andy Elliott, the sole British entry, was running as high as 13th overall before being forced out with mechanical problems after 24 laps.
“Jay drove a great race to take second position and we still have the destiny of the world championship in our hands,” said Khalid Bin Arhama Al-Kuwari, head of formula racing at the Qatar Marine Sports Federation.
“He has a four-point lead and we know that if he beats Sami next week it will be enough to give Qatar a second world championship.”