14 boats on the grid
The C1 and V1 championships will be decided in Abu Dhabi this week in the final race of the 2013/14 season.
This year has seen a new look Class 1 World Powerboat Championship take to the seas combining the C1 catamarans and V1 monohulls. It has proven highly successful and competitive with the strongest field of the season set to line up in Abu Dhabi.
Team Victory’s Arif Al Zaffain and Nadir Bin Hendi will be hoping to secure their fourth World Championship together in the C1 class and look odds on to with a 14 point advantage over their nearest rivals.
The competition is much tighter in the V1 category with Team Chaudron currently on top with 46 points, closely followed by Aquasport who are just one point behind.
Victory looking to continue dominance
Team Victory has already won three races this season and another success in Thursday’s first race would all but guarantee them the title.
Ugur Isik and Christian Zaborowski in Relekta-Zabo-Isiklar lead the challenge from Mikhail Kitashev and Guido Cappellini in New Star-Poliform – both outfits grabbing three podium finishes – and Luca Fendi and Giovanni Carpitella in LFF10, race winners’ last time out in race 2 in Terraccina.
Tight at the top in V1
The rivalry in the V1 class couldn’t be any more intense with four different teams winning the first four races of the season.
Each of the top three in the class has a victory, but DNFs for teams Chaudron and Tommy One could yet prove costly. Aquasport have capitalised on their misfortunes and are currently sat in second place.
Official qualifying takes place on Thursday at 10.30hrs [local] followed by race 1 at 15.30hrs, a second qualifying and race 2 closing out the year on Friday.
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.