Abu Dhabi set to provide thrilling end to UIM Class 1 season

This week, former British Class 1 powerboat Champion Richard Carr looks ahead to the season finale of the UIM Class 1 Championship.

Challenging Abu Dhabi

For the first time in five years, the Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi will be raced around the daunting and challenging Lulu Island.

The final round of the season will take place at the start of December in Abu Dhabi and organisers have explained that with 14 teams expected to line up on the start line, the Lulu Island was the only option.

C1 Championship leaders team Victory are expected to run a second boat and the only viable option for officials to enable the running of both C1 and V1 boats, was to set the course around the Island.

The H20 Racing’s sport director Marco Sala explained the decision: “With 14 boats it would not have been possible to run them together on the inside between the island and the Corniche, it is just too tight. This circuit gives us that option.”

Rough conditions predicted

The ‘outside’ element of the Abu Dhabi event has always been a major factor in the rolling start, but now with multiple laps around the island the teams will face an increased challenge.

The three nautical miles (NM) around the offshore leg will be tough enough, but the conditions are expected to be rough. The teams will also have to contend with two tight and technical sections to get into and out of the outside leg as well as a tight and technical inside section.

Victory dominant in Abu Dhabi

Championship leaders team Victory will be delighted that the final races of the season are being staged in Abu Dhabi. Victory has locked out the top step of the podium all but once in 10 races, whilst current Victory duo Arif Al Zaffain and Nadir Bin Hendi have won the Grand Prix five times together.

Al Zaffain has also won three times with Mohammed Al Marri.

Victory are currently 14 points ahead of team 91 Relekta-Zabo-Isiklar following the first two rounds of the championship. 74 New Star and 10 LFF10 are a further 14 and 15 points behind respectively.

About Richard Carr

Richard Carr is one of the UK’s most experienced and successful powerboat racers, who has competed in the sport globally.

He has won numerous domestic and international honours: he became British Class 1 Champion in 1991; he was the winner of the coveted Needles Trophy and he also came second in the Cowes Torquay Cowes race in 1992. It was the year the race was controversially competed in the fog and it has been argued for many years that he actually won the race.

He is known in the sport for his aggressive racing character in rough seas and recently raced in the USA for Geico in 2011.



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