The 2016 UIM F1 H20 World Powerboat Championship will start in Dubai in just over two months as powerboat fans and drivers gear up for another season of hard hitting action, writes former British champion Richard Carr.
The Emirate of Dubai has become the home of global powerboat racing in the past decade and recent announcement that the 33rd season of the world’s foremost powerboat championship will start in the venue feels fitting.
The championship will kick off on March 2nd, starting a ten race calendar which includes two new venues in the Middle East and Asia, with further confirmation of three more venues to be revealed in the coming weeks.
As mentioned above, it feels fitting that Dubai provides the opening venue for the championship and further extends its association and footprint in the Middle East; especially the Emirate which has a long standing water sports tradition.
A return to China in September for a 14th year sees Harbin, the capital and largest city of Heilongjiang province in the North East, become the ninth venue to host a round of the championship in the People’s Republic, with Liuzhou hosting a race for a ninth year in October.
The stunning venues of Evian, France and Porto, Portugal underpin the sport’s position in Europe with Croatia set to make its first appearance on the calendar in June, with the tradition of the penultimate and final rounds of the year being held in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah in December continuing.
2016 UIM F1H2O World Powerboat Championship
2/4 March – Dubai, UAE
3/5 June – (tba), Croatia
15/17 July – Evian, France
29/31 July – Porto, Portugal
2/4 September – Harbin, China
1/3 October – Liuzhou, China
14/16 October – Asia (tba)
4/6 November – Asia (tba)
7/9 December – Abu Dhabi, UAE
14/16 December – Sharjah, UAE
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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