Five months after the opening two races in Salerno, Italy this year’s UIM Class 1 World Offshore Powerboat Championship will end another shortened season in Abu Dhabi in early November, writes Richard Carr.
With a lack of venues again this year, Class 1 racers will be limited to just two events and a total of four outings during 2015. Promoter Nicolo di San Germano has struggled to sell the brand globally and a new promoter is expected to be unveiled for the series at the UIM General Assembly later this month.
Current leaders in this year’s class, Team Abu Dhabi will be on familiar water for the final Grand Prix of the season set to start on November 4th, as they aim to win their first ever C1 world title.
End of Victory dominance
If Team Abu Dhabi can claim their first world title it will bring to an end Team Victory’s dominance in the class which has seen them win the last eight titles.
Team Abu Dhabi’s Gary Ballough and John Tomlinson completed the win double in Salerno with teammates Majed Al Mansoori and Rashed Al Tayer taking second and fourth. They sit in second spot tied with T-Bone Station duo, Miles Jennings and Giovanni Carpitella.
Two second placed finishes will be enough for the Team Abu Dhabi pairing to dethrone the Victory duo of Arif Al Zaffain and Nadir bin Hendi, who currently sit in fourth 18 points behind the leaders.
About Richard Carr
Richard Carr, of Poole, 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.