Class 1 powerboat team Norway’s Zabo Racing will enter a new era when the season kicks off with a new look line-up, reports former British Champion Richard Carr.
New look team
Swedish businessman Niclas Johansson will replace Ugur Isik as the team’s main driver and will partner Christian Zaborowski.
Zabo Racing has finished as World number two for the last two years, whilst last year they finished as runners-up in the European Championship.
Team owner Jan Zaborowski told Class-1.com: “We are extremely grateful to Ugur for his valuable contribution to the success that the team has achieved over the last four years.
“The team is now looking forward to an exciting and fruitful future with Niclas who brings with him his experience from racing drag boats and catamarans in various events in the USA and Sweden and with this new association we look forward to achieving our goal – to be on the top step of the podium.”
The door to my dreams
Speaking ahead of his Class 1 World Championship debut, Johansson said: “I have had my eyes on racing in Class 1 for a number of years and have been tempted to take part, but until now the opportunity has not been there. When I met Jan [Zaborowski] he opened the door to the realisation of my dreams.”
His teammate, Isik, joined Zabo in 2011 and has been a fundamental factor in the team’s recent rise. Iski has been involved in 30 races for the team since his debut in Abu Dhabi, finishing on the podium an impressive ten times.
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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