Portugal preview XCAT Racing

Richard Carr is looking forward to the return of XCAT powerboat action this weekend when the series heads to Cascais, Portugal.

Rough conditions

With rough conditions forecasted in debuting venue Cascais, Italian team Hoorsenbuhs told XCAT’s official website that it could play into their hands and see them break into the top three spots of the UIM XCAT World Powerboating series.

Seen by some as the best motorsport series on the seas, XCAT racing is made up of two-man teams from across the globe who race two-engined, carbon fibre boats which can reach speeds of up to 200kph.

Italian Tomaso Polli of the Hoorsenbuhs team currently holds fourth spot in the overall rankings with throttleman Matteo Nicolini; just three points behind the second and third placed teams respectively.

Their boat is recognised as being most suited to the rough conditions and told xcatracing.com that they hope to once again be competitive.

“We will race in the Atlantic Ocean, so likely it will be a bit rough. In those conditions, our boat proved to be one of the most competitive.

“We are very happy to race in Portugal and in the Atlantic Ocean. Cascais has a long tradition in watersports. It’s one of the European capitals for surfing and kite-surfing and it’s an important sailing centre.

“Adding a world-class powerboating event such as XCAT is a strong sign of the passion for watersports there. We expect a good number of spectators during the weekend. The public have a crucial role for the success of the race, and XCAT fans know perfectly the great satisfaction that comes with attending the event in person.”

Global event

Following this weekend’s action, the series will held to the Gold Coast, Australia in August; Nice, France in October and then onto the final two races in UAE in Dubai and Abu Dhabi in November.

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.