Torrrente wins Grand Prix of China, regains lead in world title race
Shaun Torrente; Team Abu Dhabi manger Guido Cappellini, runner-up Phillippe Chiappe and third-placed Jonas Andersson on the podium. - Supplied photo
Abu Dhabi - Shaun now heads into December's final round of the series in Sharjah holding a five-point advantage over the Swede.
Team Abu Dhabi's Shaun Torrente took an important step towards retaining his drivers' title in the UIM F1H2O World Championship on Sunday with victory in a dramatic Grand Prix of China.
The ninth Grand Prix win of his career and the second this season saw Torrente regain the lead in the title race from Jonas Andersson, and he now heads into December's final round of the series in Sharjah holding a five-point advantage over the Swede.
After securing his ninth pole position earlier in the day, the reigning world champion made a perfect race start in Xiamen to open a clear lead before the first of four yellow flags halted the action.
From the re-start, Torrente held his advantage as Grand Prix of Xiamen winner, Alex Carella, flipped his boat spectacularly in a bold attempt to snatch the lead.
In a race of attrition only nine of 17 starters finished, the Grand Prix ending under the last yellow flag after 31 laps, with Torrente winning from France's three-time world champion Phillippe Chiappe and Andersson in third.
Torrente's Abu Dhabi teammate Thani Al Qemzi made a bold effort to recover from Saturday's terminal engine problems before crashing out on the 22nd lap.
The consolation for Al Qemzi, still fourth in the championship, is that the Abu Dhabi duo are well on their way to retaining the world team title, holding a 22-point lead over Team Sweden.
In the F4-S series, Team Abu Dhabi's Mohammed Al Mehairbi finished third behind German race winner Max Stilz and Britain's Harvey Smith for the second day in succession. Team Abu Dhabi's Rashed Al Remeithi was placed eighth.