The increase in television coverage of powerboat racing in the last 12 months has been astronomical and more is on the way with the latest instalment of the XCAT series set to reach 400 million homes, writes former racer Richard Carr.
Gold Coast growth
The jump in television figures shows a substantial growth compared to the last round held in Cascais, Portugal and shows the current interest levels in not only the XCAT series, but powerboat racing as a sport.
“We are very pleased with the growth in XCAT TV as it is an important element in our growth strategy for the series,” said Saif Markhan Al Ketbi, President, World Professional Powerboat Association (WPPA) — the promoters of XCAT.
“We plan to target growing that figure to over 500 million homes in the future,” he added.
Race wins will be able to catch all the action live from the Gold Coast, Australia between 22-23 August on XCAT Racing’s official YouTube channel.
UIM’s XCAT series was only founded in 2008, but is recognised as one of the best and toughest competitions in the sport. It features some of the world’s best racers who compete across the globe in the UAE, Europe and Australia.
Tight at the top
Arif Al Zaffian currently heads the leader board ahead of the Australia leg of the championship, but he knows that if he and teammate Nadir bin Hendi slip up then Abu Dhabi Team will be waiting in the wings to pounce.
Just one point separates the two teams with Hoorsenbuhs and Dubai in third and fourth place respectively.
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.
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