Team Abu Dhabi’s gamble to field two boats in this year’s XCAT UIM World Series appears to be paying dividends after they claimed pole in the Fujairah XCAT Grand Prix.
This year’s qualifying format is similar to that of Formula 1 and it almost caught out Team Abu Dhabi 5’s Faleh Al-Mansoori and Rashed Al-Tayer who were on the verge of being eliminated from the Q1 sessions.
However, that didn’t prove to be the case and they made the perfect start in their quest for honours by qualifying in pole for Friday’s Fujairah Grand Prix on the Gulf of Oman.
The usual suspects in Victory Team and T-Bone Station pushed Team Abu Dhabi all the way, whilst relative newcomers Team Australia made a good started.
“Team Abu Dhabi won in Fujairah last year and we wanted to make sure that we made the perfect start to our bid to repeat the win,” Al-Tayer told raceboatinternational.com. “It all fell into place superbly and it gives us a perfect platform to build on tomorrow.”
It wasn’t all good news for Team Abu Dhabi though, as their second boat piloted by Rashed Al-Qamzi and Majed Al-Mansoori failed to make it out of Q1.
Four more boats were eliminated in Q1 alongside Team Abu Dhabi meaning nine boats progressed to a 10-minute Q2 session. Team Australia, Team Aby Dhabi 5, Victory Team and T-Bone Station made it through to the final session for a one lap shoot-out.
Team Abu Dhabi came out on top though with Team Australia in second, Victory Team third and T-Bone Station rounding off the top four.
Friday’s GP will take place at 4pm at the Fujairah International Marine Club and Al Tayer is expecting some rough conditions.
“Fujairah always has different conditions and usually the afternoon has rough water so we must expect anything but our plan is always to drive fast and furious.”