Winning result sets Jay Price on path for Formula 1 title
Qatar Team driver Jay Price led from start to finish to win the Qatar Grand Prix with a 4.42 second margin to move up to first slot in the UIM Formula 1 World Championship for powerboating.
“We had a perfect setup today and we got the start we were hoping for. From then on it was just a matter of holding off the competition,” said Jay. “I almost lost it at the halfway stage but was able to stay ahead without losing much ground. Now my team is feeling confident that if we just keep up the pressure we have a good chance at winning the title for the second time.”
While the American driver was pushing his way to his second win of the season he was pushed to the limit by the 2007 title holder, Finnish driver Sami Selio, who got within one and a half seconds of the leader five laps before the end of the 35 lap event only to lose ground in the final moments of the race.
“We’re happy with what we did today,” said Selio. “My teammate, Alex Carella, and I have gone from being down 15 points to nine and from fourth to second in the championship. It’s a great result.”
Carella, a strong rookie-of-the-year candidate earned his third podium of the season. He stayed in perfect formation with his veteran teammate to finish 6.79 seconds behind the leader while holding off a determined Ahmad Al Hameli of Team Abu Dhabi who came charging up from 16th on the grid to finish fourth.