Sean Torrente, the Peters & May-backed American sensation on the Union Internationale Motonautique F1 H20 circuit, went into the recent Grand Prix of China on Liuzhou’s Liu River with hopes for a strong showing. But Torrente, who drives for the Qatar Team, didn’t finish the race, which featured 19 drivers from 13 different countries.
Torrente, who hails from Miami and earned last season’s Rookie of the Year award, started in fifth and worked his way into fourth before Bimba Sjoholm of Team Sweden—one of two women drivers to start the race—barrel-rolled on the eighth lap. On the restart, Torrente, Finnish racer Sami Selio, and second-place finisher Thani Al Qamzi of Team Abu Dhabi went into the fifth turn three wide. Selio and Torrente collided, which led to another yellow flag for six more laps.
“It was a bad deal,” said Torrente. “I am fine, but it was a racing accident. We had plenty of speed. Sometimes you have to take risks to achieve the goals... It was crazy on the outside—those restarts are like a casino.”
The two drivers were fighting for second place behind Torrente's teammate, Alex Carella, who led most of the race. The defending world champion, Carella brought home the checkered flag at the same event where he won his first F1 H2O race during his rookie season in 2010. The win put Carella atop 2012 world championship standings.
There are two races remaining in the UIM F1 H2O season.
- Matt Trulio