Philippe Chiappe off to an excellent start!
Supported technically by Motul, the CTIC China Team participated on 5 March in the F1 H20 World Championship 2011 in Doha.
On this occasion, everyone from Philippe Chiappe or Pierre Lundin, the two drivers of the team, to Eric Chan, team manager, was motivated to get it right and forget as soon as possible the various mechanical glitches encountered last year.
The Franco-Chinese team more than succeeded in its endeavour! After securing the second best time in the tests and warm-up, Philippe Chiappe managed to position himself among the top teams during the race and finally clinched third place behind Team Qatar's two drivers.
Despite the boat's good set-up and the quality of the work put in by all the team during the winter, this result is above all Philippe's achievement because, although he suffered a power steering breakdown, he managed to hold the competition back for 15 laps and podiumed for the sixth time in his career.
The second round of the season is to be held in Portimao (Portugal) on 22 May.
Results & Standings
1// Jay Price – 20 pts
2// Alex Carella – 15 pts
3// Philippe Chiappe – 12 pts Motul
11// Pierre Lundin – 0 pts Motul
Photo : Pierre Lundin - CTIC China Team - Moore - Mercury © www.f1h2o.com