Rookie Carella Second Straight 1-2!



Linyi, China – Sunday, October 3, 2010 – Twenty-four year old Alex Carella of Piacenza, Italy controlled the race with ease, leading by as much as one-half minute before coasting home to a 2.63 second 't be happier and now we are ready to take the second step in China down in Liuzhou in two weeks.”

Veteran teammate and 2007 World Champion Sami Selio was happy for his new rookie to take the glory but will be looking for more speed out of #11 boat at the next stop hoping to have the 1-2 finish he had in St. Petersburg, Russia back in July.

 “We are pleased and couldn't ask for any thing better,” said Sami. “Now both Alex and I are tied for the Drivers Championship lead with 35 points and have put a bit of space between Jay (Price) who has 28 points.”

Francesco Cantando who has more races than anyone in China with 12, came home 4.71 seconds to Alex while picking up his second podium of the season and now sits fourth in the championship with 27 points.

“We didn't have the speed we wanted today, but it was enough for a podium so we'll take it,” said the native from Milan, Italy. “Now we'll continue on the balance of our Singha F1 Blaze boat and get things ready for Liuzhou a course we know already in the next few weeks.”

Another Italian Fabio Comparato earned his first points of the season by finishing fourth 6.28 seconds back for the 800 Doctor Team taking his third top-five performance in China in 11 starts.

American Jay Price came into the weekend leading in the championship for the Qatar Team and left in third seven points back struggling all day with electronic management problems with his Mercury engine and didn't have the speed he normally shows having finished 14 of the last 16 races on the podium. The 2008 World Champion was 9.02 seconds back in fifth position.

First time UIM F1 H2O racer Tim Seebold also from the USA jumped into a race boat other than his family built hull for the first time in his 30 year racing career and took a well earned sixth in his 2008 DAC hull built in Italy for Team Abu Dhabi.

Portugal's Duarte Benavente finished his first race of the season taking seventh 12.14 seconds back in his Atlantic Team Dragon designed boat. Eighth was Team Abu Dhabi driver Thani Al Qamzi who struggled all day with a boat taking on water before the start of the race, being forced to head back to the paddock, coming back only to start at the end of the field when the light went off starting the Grand Prix. Thani put on a dazzling display of speed and was up to tenth after the first lap and was challenging for sixth before he started having more struggles with his setup and had to settle for eighth and out of the tie for the championship.

French driver Philippe Chiappe earned his second ninth place finish of the season for the home CTIC CHINA Team while Swedish driver Jonas Andersson failed to finish on the last lap but still came home with the final point of the day for Team Azerbaijan.

The 2010 UIM F1 H2O World Championship now gets ready to head off in two weeks to Liuzhou, China for the 15th Grand Prix in country since 1995 and the fourth race in three years in the southern Chinese metropolis. The Mad Croc Team teammates Alex Carella and Sami Selio have moved in front of the field of drivers with back to back 1-2 finishes and hold down 35 points each. Can anyone catch them? It's hard to say, but we've got a long way to go in the championship before the final lap plays out on the 10th of December in Sharjah.

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03.10.2010