With round four of the seven-round Union Internationale Motonautique F1 H2O World Championship series complete, the season is now past the halfway point—and it’s shaping into one of the most competitive seasons in a long time, proving once again, whether you’re a tunnel boat racing fan or not, that the F1 H2O circuit offers some of the most competitive racing in the world.
Sami Selio picked up his first F1 H2O victory in three years at the Grand Prix of Harbin in China. Photo courtesy F1 H2O
A quick look at the top five drivers in the current points standings—defending world champ Philippe Chiappe (52 points) of France, who drives for the CTIC China Team, American driver Shaun Torrente (45) of the Dubai-based Victory Team, Italy’s Alex Carella (42) of Team Abu Dhabi, Finland’s Sami Selio (35) of BABA Racing and Jonas Andersson (33) of Team Sweden—shows that the championship could end up in anyone’s hands depending on how the rest of the season goes.
Following last Sunday’s victory in the Grand Prix of Harbin at the Hulan Estuary Wetland Park course in northeastern China, Selio, who led from wire to wire to win the 60-lap race in front of thousands of fans and pick up 20 championship points (35 in his last two events), moved up to fourth place overall.
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