UIM promises to bounce back after disappointing 2014

Richard Carr has been involved in powerboat racing since the late 1980s and won titles in the UK and across the shores.

Powerboat racing was at its height when Richard was at the top of his game, whilst in recent years the sport has suffered a decline.

UIM promoter, Nicolo di San Germano, made the interesting choice to front up to the problems the sport is facing when he spoke to gulfnews.com before Christmas.

2014 race calendar decimated

San Germano promotes the UIM’s Class One offshore and F1 powerboat racing championships and admitted that both series had suffered its worst ever year during 2014.

He was adamant though, that the sport would bounce back with bigger and better calendars for both disciplines.

Class One was cut into a mini-season with the championship hosting just three race weekends during the season, whilst F1 suffered a truncated calendar of just five events.

The F1 championship suffered from political unrest and other global events. Two races had been planned in Ukraine, but had to be cancelled due to political instability, whilst the planned race in Brazil was cancelled due to the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the elections in Brazil.

More venues confirmed for 2015

Speaking to gulfnews.com, San Germano promised more racing in 2015: “By far, 2014 was the worst calendar for us in 30 years of F1 powerboat racing. This is one season that we are not particularly proud of.

“Personally, I think that through the new calendar we will put ourselves in a position that will more than make up for what we lost during 2014.

“Once again, this year Class One was a disappointment as we had just three races. For 2015, the idea is to have between four and six events. We have an interest from Malta along with a couple of new venues on the Black Sea, and hopefully we will be in a position to announce a new Class One calendar by January.”

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.