Richard Carr, a keen advocate of the OPGP’s and QMSF’s Qatar Cup, reports on yesterday’s action, which saw the SuperCat Lite’s challenge for the 2015 Qatar Cup Pole Position.
Team Victory dominates
Richard Carr, a former British Powerboat Champion, wrote extensively about the Victory team, which dominated the UIM World Championship this year.
And their success showed no signs of letting up during the first day of qualifying runs.
Yesterday morning saw boats hit the seas for testing before the action got underway for the UIM 2015 Qatar Pole Position qualifying runs.
The event determined which boats would line up closest to the official start boat for the Qatar Cup, which is being held today (Thursday) and on Saturday.
In extremely still conditions of Doha Bay, the UIM World Class One World Champions Arif Saif Al-Zafeen and Nadi bin Hendi, recorded the fastest lap in the SuperCat Lite Class with a time of 3 minutes 21 seconds. The Amercian-crewed The Hulk followed closely behind with a time of 3 minutes 23.1 seconds.
Ali Al-Neama and Billy Moore were quickest in Spirit of Qatar #20 in the SuperCat class. The Doha driver posted a time of 3 minutes 00.9 seconds to claim pole position from Jay Cooke and Randy Sweers in Racing for Cancer / Fastboats Marine Group #33.
2015 Qatar Cup Pole Position results
|SuperCat Lite/Super Stock||Time||SuperVee||Time||SuperCat||Time|
|1||Victory||3.21||Outerlimits||3.05.5||Spirit of Qatar||3.00.9|
|2||The Hulk||3.23.1||Twisted Metal||3.08.2||Fastboats Marine Group||3.02.5|
|3||Team Abu Dhabi||3.28.6||Peppers||3.10.4|
|4||Smart Marine/Auto Mart||3.28.6||Pro Floors Racing||3.11.7|
|5||Spirit of Qatar||3.30||Racing Cajun||3.26.3|
|6||Peters & May Racing||3.34.8||Motley Crew||DNS|
|7||Wicked Performance Marine||3.44.6|
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.