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‘The ultimate struggle for power pits men against kings and kings against gods.’

They may not be gods, but both Sami Selio from Team Mad Croc and Jay Price from the Qatar Team know what it’s like to be King of the UIM F1 H2O Drivers World Championship. After his near faultless driving display at last weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the momentum is now back with Selio as he tries to win the title he last held in 2007.

“It’s not going to be an easy weekend, as Price is one of the hardest guys to beat on the circuit” said Selio. “Though you have to remember that when I won the title I not only had Price to beat but also the most successful driver this sport has ever known;a certain Guido Cappellini. That taught me all about what pressure is, and since we now have the Team title secured for 2010 the pressure is all on Price as I believe the Qatar Marine Federation will not accept another runner-up prize.”

Qualifying will be extremely important on this 2.235 kilometre, six turn course, and history shows that Selio has a slight edge having taken three of the last four pole positions at this circuit, with Price taking it just once.

“Overtaking around the tight confines of the Lagoon has been a problem in the past” said Selio “so getting the pole position will be crucial;let’s hope that it’s fair racing as we have seen some stupid things happen in previous final rounds.”

What makes this last race so intriguing is the fact that like in previous rounds the winner will earn twenty points, second place fifteen and twelve points for third. So, if Selio wins and Price finishes second, Selio takes the title. If neither driver wins but Selio finishes second and Price third, Price walks away with the title, both scenarios by just one point.

“For the first time in my life I really am racing here without any pressure” said Selio. “The team is both well prepared and relaxed, it’s a good feeling.”

So it’s time to get the calculator out after what was a five driver struggle for the championship just a week ago has now come down to two ex-World Champions going head to head this Friday afternoon on the Khalid Lagoon for the eighth and final round of the 2010 UIM F1 H2O World Championship and the 12th Grand Prix of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates.
World Championship points, after round 7/8:
1. Jay Price (USA) 83
2. Sami Seliö (FIN) 79
3. Thani Al Qamzi (UAE) 61
4. Francesco Cantando (ITA) 59
5. Alex Carella (ITA) 59