Victory has put to bed any doubts about their ability to retain their UIM XCAT World Series crown with another dominant win in the second round of this year’s championship, writes offshore racer Richard Carr.
Like the Gold Coast team in the first round, Victory produced an almost perfect long lap strategy which saw the team take the lead in the ninth lap and coast home, winning by 17 seconds from second placed Abu Dhabi Team 5.
Rashed Al Tayer and Faleh Al Mansoori will feel aggrieved that they didn’t claim their first victory of the season following a sensational start from the second gate which had given them a healthy lead. However, it just wasn’t enough to keep Victory Team at bay.
Swedish Swecat came home third after an exciting battle with Gold Coast Australia and Dubai 33.
Speaking after the race, Victory Team’s manager Ragesh Elayadeth told xcatracing.com: “It was exciting. We know our capacity, we know our capabilities so we kept racing and we planned a strategy – how to overtake them [Abu Dhabi Team 5]. We didn’t want to take a risk on the race course so we kept racing and we applied our long lap strategy and came out in front of them.
“You have to have a good driver, you have to have a good set-up and you have to have a good strategy also, so everything worked well and we knew we could overtake them somewhere in the middle of the race.”
Abu Dhabi Team 5’s Al Tayer was thrilled with their performance after the disappointment of not finishing last weekend’s race, but said a few errors had cost them.
“Our start was amazing – we gave everything and found ourselves in front,” he said. “It was on one of the long laps that we made a mistake though driving into the sun and had a big jump on one of the waves and lost a lot of speed there.”
The championship next heads to Switzerland for the Lugano GP at the start of June, 2016.