After losing out on pole-position, Victory Team were more determined than ever to show their quality and record their third XCAT Dubai Duty Speed Cat victory of the season, writes offshore powerboat racer Richard Carr.
Al Zaffain and Bin Hendi once again showed their skill and class in the cockpit of their Victory XCAT powerboat to power into the lead at the green flag and weren’t to be caught.
Coming home in second was Team Abu Dhabi who fought a fierce battle throughout and by coming second also made it past the Quarter Final stage for the first time.
Despite Victory’s performance and that of Team Abu Dhabi pairing Al Tayer and Al Mansoori, arguably the performance of the weekend came from debutant team New Star.
If it wasn’t the best, it was certainly the most surprising! Piloted by Shaun Torrente and Mikhail Kitashev, the team took wins in every round to take 3rd place in the Dubai Duty Free Speed Cat Run.
1st Place – Victory Team
2nd Place – Team Abu Dhabi
3rd Place – New Star
A review of the Lugano Grand Prix which took place shortly after the Speed Cat race will follow shortly.
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.