Victory’s dominance of this year’s UIM XCAT World Championship continued in Switzerland with victory in the Lugano Grand Prix.
The victory in the main race made it three out of three for teammates Arif Al Zaffain and Nadir Bin Hendi who took advantage of the clear start they had to secure a fairly comfortable victory.
Large crowds turned out to witness the first ever powerboat race on the lake and the action behind Victory team gave them something to get excited about.
Team Abu Dhabi and Gold Coast Australia had followed Victory for the entire race in second and third respectively and looked set to finish in that order. However, after completing their final long lap Team Abu Dhabi found themselves behind Tom Barry Cotter and Ross Willaton of Gold Coast Australia, who had produced a stunning lap to steal second place.
Their pace at the end of the race was so impressive that they only finish six seconds behind the winners.
A superb tussle for fourth place took place throughout the race with three teams vying for the position. Swecat, Team Australia and New Star all fought hard, but it was Team Australia who came out on top.
A special appearance was made by H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Advisor to the U.A.E. President who joined Mr Raffaele Chiulli President of the UIM, Mr Issa Khalfan bin Kharbash Vice President of WPPA, Mr Ali Bin Hendi Acting CEO, Marco Borradori Mayor Of Lugano, Mario Tamborini President of Lake Lugano Trophy and Bruno Huber Director of Lake Lugano Trophy for the Official Podium Trophy Presentation.
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.