UIM F1H2O Grand Prix of France – Evian, 29-30 june – 1 july, 2018, Alex Carella (1), Victory Team
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After the bad luck in England with the little time left, you can not 'take the decision to change the boat and use the team's escort boat.
Time plays against everything and you do not even have time to try it in the water with Alex who has never tried this means.
And Evian and Evian and given the critical condition of the Lake, jump the extra free-prations of Friday, and then go directly into the free practice of Saturday. The lack of confidence of the medium put Alex in serious difficulty 'even at the end of tests can place even if far between the fastest.
Another story will be the qualifications, some rounds in Q1 and Alex is fifth with a good margin on the 12th, so you decide to stop at the pier to get a good starting position in Q2.
Said done, the wind drops the waves too, and within a few seconds all the riders improve and Alex still at the pier remains say 'frigate' and drops in 13th potion, a position that puts him out of the Q2 and then a race all in comeback in a lake that leaves nothing to chance.
Little to say.
Alex starts and maintains his position, about half 'race but managed to' reassemble thanks to a yellow flag and the harsh conditions of the lake coming up to 8th position, but too much push and the big waves that creep on Lake Evian they put Alex around in the middle of the race to lose control of the boat and fly.
Big blow and great fear, the crash is strong and Alex can not get out of the cockpit, two big tears at the tibia lead to think of a break, then denied hospital.
Nothing broken but still bitter in the mouth, because you can not find the right path, there in front of it would be his place, but in a year of development so you also knew you hoped for something better.
Next Race in September in China.