Memorable 1-2 For Qatar After Pole Setter Crashes Out!

Portimao, 22nd May 2011. It was a historic day for Formula One as Norway's Marit Stromoy became the first female to occupy pole position in a GP. However her glory was relativally short-lived as after witnessing Abu Dhabi's Ahmed Al Hameli challenging for Stromoy's lead only to barrel-roll out on lap 9, the Norwegian's pressure was far from over.

After several laps under the pace boat while the Abu Dhabi boat was towed to shore, Team Sweden's American driver Shaun Torrente immediately went for the lead when the green flag was raised. Regretably Torrente and Stromoy suffered a severe 'coming together' resulting in both boats badly damaged but thankfully both pilots escaped unscathed.

These dramas produced the perfect opportunity for Qatar's Jay Price and Alex Carrella to inherit first and second place which they maintained to the chequered flag after 42 laps. Abu Dhabi's Thani Al Qamzi recorded a well deserved 3rd place ahead of CTIC China's French pilot Philippe Chiappe with reigning world champion Sami Selio filling 5th place ahead of Francesco Cantando, Davide Padovan and local hero Duarte Benavente. Philippe Tourre, Ivan Brigada, Rinaldo Osculati and Bartek Marszalek rounded off the finishers.