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There Goes My Hero

That Shaun Torrente recently led the Team Abu Dhabi Formula 1 H2O tunnel-boat team to victory at the 24 Hours of Rouen in France—a grueling endurance event on the River Seine about 90 miles west of Paris—didn’t surprise me. In fact, I’d have been surprised if the 40-year-old Floridian didn’t win. Claiming the Rouen title with his Abu Dhabi teammates was a natural follow-up to earning his first F1 H2O world championship in December 2018, where his fellow Abu Dhabi racers Erik Stark and Thani Al-Qemzi ended the season in second and third place overall.

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World champion powerboat racer Shaun Torrente (center) is a living legend. And he’s only getting better. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

And all of that was a follow-up to Torrente’s 2018 XCAT World Championship, which he earned alongside Abu Dhabi teammate Faleh Al-Mansoori a month earlier.

“I just want to thank my fellow drivers and the entire team and management for doing an amazing job,” he said after his Rouen triumph. “Both boats did really well and it’s another championship for Abu Dhabi.”

Typical Torrente. Credit others. Share praise. Build up your teammates—all for the good of the team.

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