The French venue, which was set to host the next round of the captivating championship, has seen its event postponed and rescheduled for 2016.
According to XCAT organisers, the decision was made to ensure a quality event for all stakeholders including the host city and teams. It would appear from that statement that Nice just wasn’t ready to host a global event like XCAT racing.
Race fans will now have to wait until November for the next instalment of XCAT action with the fifth round of the series taking place in Dubai, UAE from November 19-21. The sixth round will follow shortly afterwards at the end of the month in Abu Dhabi.
Despite the disappointing news regarding the French leg of this season’s championship, XCAT cheered up fans with the news that plans to secure a US round for 2017 are currently afoot.
“The US market is important for our development so we wish to hold at least one race there in 2017 to complement our spread of races in Europe, Asia and Australia,” said CEO Ronan Morgan.
This shift in focus is in part due to the success of the global aired Australian GP and the heavy amount of investment in XCAT’s marketing activity. Currently the XCAT World Series is telecasted globally by over 30 broadcasters and also features in Gillette World Sport which boasts a global audience reach of 1.5 billion households.
As well as plans to travel across the Atlantic, XCAT also confirmed plans for additional European events in 2016.
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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