Team Victory’s win in the second race of the Qatar Cup added yet another trophy to their burgeoning collection, reports former British Powerboat Champion Richard Carr.
- Victory’s Al-Zafeen and Bin Hendi control second SuperCat Lite race
- SuperVee and SuperCat wins for Outerlimits and Racing for Cancer
- UIM World Offshore 225 race and pole double for EFE Project
- Race two C1 and C2 wins in Qatar for Al-Buainain and Fouad Abdul
SuperCat Lite Race 2
Despite the best efforts of Amercian team Hulk, Victory were left to their own devices at the front during Race 2 and by the end of the first lap of the 12, had opened up a four second lead.
By the half-waypoint, Victory’s advantage over team Hulk was a constant five seconds, whilst Team Abu Dhabi and Wicked Performance Marine followed in third and fourth respectively.
By the chequered flag, Victory and Hulk had moved away from the rest of the field to finish one and two, whilst further down Spirt of Qatar 94 finished strongly to claim fifth place from Peters & May.
SuperVee and SuperCat Race 2
The winners of Race 1, Spirit of Qatar 20, made a superb start, leading Racing for Cancer by a second after one lap.
Sadly, the home team’s luck quickly ran out when on the next lap they slipped all the way to fifth place, they would eventually finish in third.
From that point, Motley Crew took up the lead with both Pro Floors Racing and Peppers in close attendance. By lap seven, of the 14 lap race, just seven-tenths separated first and second and more drama was to follow.
Motley Crew dropped out completely through retirement, whilst Peppers began to drop away down the field.
Racing for Cancer were the beneficiaries and went on to claim the chequered flag ahead of Pro Floors Racing.
A fantastic opening event
The UIM Qatar Cup was organised by the Qatar Marine Sports Federation (QMSF) in conjunction with Offshore Powerboat Grand Prix (OPGP).
“I would like to extend a big thanks to everyone at OPGP, the QMSF and all our visiting guests who made the inaugural UIM Qatar Cup such a successful event,” said His Excellency Sheikh Hassan bin Jabor Al-Thani, president of the QMSF. “We were blessed with exciting and close competition and strong fields in all the regional and international racing categories.”
Qatar Cup Race 2 results
|SuperCat Lite/Super Stock||Time (mins)||SuperVee||Time (mins)||SuperCat||Time (mins)|
|1||Victory||40.34||Outerlimits||DNF||Fastboats Marine Group (Racing for Cancer)||44.05|
|2||The Hulk||40.43||Twisted Metal||DNS||Pro Floors Racing||44.22|
|3||Team Abu Dhabi||41.15||Spirit of Qatar||44.24|
|4||Wicked Performance Marine||43.00||Peppers||45.18|
|5||Spirit of Qatar 94||43.39||Racing Cajun||DNF|
|6||Peters & May Racing (Peppers)||44.26||Motley Crew||DNF|
|7||Smart Marine/Auto Mart||DNF|
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.