H2O Racing
Union Internationale Motonautique


September 2, 2022

Friday, 2 September – Two-time World Champion Sami Selio is at “full song” this summer, globetrotting around Europe, as he prepares for the next pair of stops on the worlds most challenging series, the UIM F1 H2O World Championship.


With the summer recess fast coming to an end, the 47 year-old veteran is fine tuning his racing for the next two events in San Nazzaro, Italy on the 23rd thru 25th of September in Italy.


The unique “doubleheader” will start off with the FIM Grand Prix of Regione Emilia Romagna on Saturday the 24th on the Po River with the FIM Grand Prix of Italy following next on Sunday the 25th in the northern Italian region of Emilia Romagna just south of the great city of Milan.


“We are pushing hard to try and win other races in Europe in smaller categories between UIM F1 Grand Prix's for the Sharjah Team as it helps keep me sharp for F1 H2O events,” said Sami. 


The 2007 and 2010 UIM F1 H2O World Champion has the record for most pole positions of any active driver on the tour nailing down his 26th career number one plate in early June at the Grand Prix of France. He once again hit disappointment however dropping out with a mechanical problem while leading and finishing out of the points in 12th position at days end in Macon.


A year ago on the Po River, the “Finnish Flyer” qualified third and finished on the podium in third place. This year, Sami is looking to get right back into the championship hunt by the weekend's end by doing a repeat with another podium finish in 2022.


“It's fine to win pole position trophies, however it's the race that we all focus onto and with this team of professionals that we have assembled with this Sharjah group, despite looking for my first points of the year, I feel we still are in the running for my third world title” said the Helsinki native. “We are really going for it in a big way in a few weeks in Italy and after some testing, we feel confident we can make this happen.”


Sami's new teammate Ferdinand Zandbergen, one of infamous young “sharks” on this years tour, qualified in the top-six for the first time in his career and in only his third  race in F1. He, like his teammate, didn't make it to the finish line in France and wants to prove his preparation for the next two events will prove his true talents.


We shall see how it all plays out for the Sharjah Team, in a matter of a few weeks, at the pair of FIM events and the Grand Prix's of Emilia Romagna starting on Saturday the 24th at 15:00 local time followed by the Grand Prix of Italy on Sunday the 25th of September at 17:00 local.


Both Grand Prix's qualifying and races, can be viewed worldwide, by going to the tours website at www.f1h2o.com or by also watching on the series official Facebook account.


Let's see if Finland's Sami Selio can bring the magic back once again to the Sharjah Team, as he starts his 165th career UIM F1 H2O World Championship event's in Italy.


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