Former British Powerboat Champion Richard Carr has hailed the impact and success of the UIM Qatar Cup 2015 following its conclusion on the weekend.
Organised by the Qatar Marine Sports Federation (QMSF) in conjunction with Offshore Powerboat Grand Prix (OPGP), the UIM Qatar Cup brought together some of the biggest and best names in offshore powerboating to an event in the sublime location of Doha Boy, Qatar.
Richard Carr, a former offshore powerboat Champion, said prior to the event that the Qatar Cup along with the recently formed OPGP series, had the potential to reinvigorate the sport, following a poor 2014.
On the evidence of the action-packed racing in Qatar, the Qatar Cup has certainly raised the profile of the sport again, ahead of what is set to be a bumper 2015.
Carr, who has expressed an interest in competing in the series next year, was delighted at the inaugural Qatar Cup’s success:
“It is fantastic news for the sport,” he said.
“Powerboat Racing was desperately in need of a shot in the arm and I believe people have once again started taking notice of what a great sport offshore racing is. Powerboat racing is the greatest motor sport on earth, and so deserves a lucky break, hopefully on the back of the Qatar Cup the sport will attract some global brands to support teams and events.”
UIM World Champions team Victory won the SuperCat Lite Championship ahead of an extremely strong field, which featured three categories.
“The QMSF and OPGP did everything they could to attract some of the biggest names and teams in the sport and the fans were the main beneficiaries,” continued Carr.
“Further races are planned in the USA and I’m sure that on the back of the Qatar Cup they will be extremely well attended.
“Well done to everyone at QMSF and OPGP especially the likes of Steve Curtis MBE who took a risk to support a new venture in the sport, one which I believe has paid off.”
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 also won the coveted Needles Trophy as well as coming second in the Cowes Torquay Cowes race in 1992.