Richard Carr knows what it’s like to be crowned a powerboat champion and today he pays tribute to team Victory duo Arif Al Zaffain and Nadir Bin Hendi who claimed the team’s 14th World title last week.
Double victory for Victory
The pair made light work of their opponents in the final round of the UIM Class 1 World Powerboat season with victories in both races on the Abu Dhabi seas.
Both races proved to be a demonstration of Victory’s dominance with their only challenge coming on the first corner of the second race when LFF10 chased them hard. However, Victory turned in the lead and weren’t to be seen again, completing the 10 laps with a winning margin of 54.42 seconds.
5 out of 6 for Victory
Al Zaffain’s and Bin Hendi’s win in race 2 was their fifth of the season and put them 35 points clear of Relekta-Zabo-Isiklar in the standings.
LFF10 and Team Abu Dhabi battled it out for the second and third steps on the podium with the latter coming out on top on the final lap to claim second spot.
|Position Boat Points|
|4||Team Abu Dhabi||50|
|5||New Star – Poliform||48|
|6||LFF8 – Silverline||31|
|7||Team Abu Dhabi||7|
Chaudron seal V1 World Championship
In the V1 class, a victory in race 1 for team Chaudron was enough to see them lift the title. The honours in race 2 went to Nico Bertels and Frank Hemelaer in the Bernico-New Star’s boat.
Chaudron looked good for successive victories after jumping pole-sitters Aquasport. They had an eight second lead over eventual winners Bernico-New Star only for a mechanical failure to ruin their race; they limped home for fourth place.
|Position Boat Points|
|8||Bernico-New Star (2)||11|
About Richard Carr
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 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.