RACE LEGEND BACK AFTER BREAKING NECK SEES MORE WORLD TITLES ON THE WAY TO ABUDHABI
Frode Sundsdal comes back to activity in this current end of the week's Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi in the wake of breaking his neck prior this season, and the Norwegian powerboat hustling legend says it is nothing unexpected that the UAE capital has created a different universe champion.
Sundsdal, whose profession accomplishments incorporate three world titles and 11 world speed records, lines up in the last round of the 2019 UIM F2 World Championship 20 years in the wake of dashing without precedent for Abu Dhabi.
Having just secured the UIM F2 world title for the second time in three years, Rashed Al Qemzi needs to adjust the season with a triumph on home waters, and Sundsdal sees substantially more accomplishment ahead for the Emirati and Team Abu Dhabi.
"I've been dashing against Rashed throughout the previous three years, and I've seen a great deal of progress in him," said the 11-times Norwegian and triple European champion, who landed at Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club seven days ahead of schedule to begin his race preparations.
"He is truly creating, and transforming into an tough competitor. The pressure doesn't get to him. He truly realizes how to keep his cool. What's more, he has a ton of help.
"At the point when you stroll into this club you see that the Team Abu Dhabi young men have been there since 6 AM. The different folks are back home in Europe resting, and they are as yet asking why we can't beat them. Its a well-known fact to me."
Sundsdal, who sorts out the Norwegian round of the UIM F2 World Championship in Tønsberg, broke his neck during a race accident in the European Championship prior this year.
Keeping the report from his primary care physician, he began, and completed third in Tonsberg's speed run – won by Team Abu Dhabi's Rashid Al Tayer - preceding the Grand Prix of Norway in August. "In any case, after that I lost vision and it was too agonizing to even think about racing the following day," he said.
Back in race mode again this end of the week just because from that point forward, he is focusing on a best six completion, and absolutely seeks after preferred fortunes over he encountered 20 years prior when a dynamite crash stopped his advancement on the first lap.
While ADIMSC is eminent as a world championship powerboat racing venue, this is Abu Dhabi's first UIM F2 Grand Prix, and with an amazing 20-team firing line-up the stage is set for an exciting amazing finale to the season.
Al Qemzi will ward off a progression of top challengers, including four drivers each ready to wrap title next in line, in particular Portugal's Duarte Benavente, Sweden's Ola Pettersson, Dutchman Ferdinand Zandbergen and Germany's Stefan Hagin,
The first free practice session gets going at 3pm on Thursday with another training session following at 10.15am on Friday before the three-arrange qualifying series beginning at 3.30pm. The 2019 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi starts at 3.30pm on Saturday.
UIM F2 World Championship leading positions after 4 of 5 rounds
1. Rashed Al Qemzi UAE 75pts (world champion)
2. Duarte Benavente POR 38
3. Ola Pettersson SWE 34
4. Ferdinand Zandbergen NL 34
5. Stefan Hagin GER 20
6. Daniel Segenmark SWE 20
Frode Sundsdal (right) with Rashed Al Qemzi, Rashid Al Tayer (left) and young fans at the Grand Prix of Norway earlier this year.
Rashed Al Qemzi – UIM F2 world champion.