Former Formula One World Champion Jacques Villeneuve graced last Saturday’s UIM World Champions Awards Giving Ceremony in Monaco to present Offshore World Champions Chaudron with their world championship trophies.
S.A.S Prince Albert II in attendance
There were a number of high-profile dignitaries at the awards with one of those being the Prince of Monaco, who handed the trophy for innovation in safety to Ivan Capelli.
Like Villeneuve, Capelli is a former F1 driver and since retiring from the sport has developed a lifesaving bracelet, which contains detailed medical data of the wearer.
“A valuable means for doctors who aid sportsmen,” explained Capelli. “They will know the exact medical record of a patient in the ‘Golden Hour’.
“The time after the accident is critical and the bracelet can be read on a cell phone and reported allergies and precise medical information can be received by a doctor.”
Aaron Ciantar and Domenique Martini, of Maltese team Chaudron, topped the Offshore V1 class last season with 76 points, 10 ahead of their nearest rivals Italy’s Tommy One.
“It was a great privilege to receive the trophy from a renowned champion like Jacques Villeneuve,” Ciantar told Times of Malta.
“Although this was not the first time that I attended such a ceremony, it’s always a great feeling to be recognised for your achievements from the past season.
“We are already looking forward to the upcoming campaign.
“In fact, we are planning to race with the same Chaudron boat of 2014 and we have high hopes that we will be fast enough to defend our title.”
UIM World Championship set to get underway in May
Although the UIM are yet to issue a detailed race calendar in 2015, it has been confirmed that it will be made up of four or five grand prix, with Malta potentially featuring as a venue.
The planned start for the Championship was in eastern Europe, however due to instability in that area the UIM have taken the decision not to host the season-opening race there.
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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