It’s now just two months until the UIM XCAT World Championship series will make its long awaited debut in Asia, writes Richard Carr.
The South Korea Grand Prix will host the 4th round of the powerboat series over the weekend of 23-25 September. A celebration took place last month with the Local Organising Committee welcoming World Professional Powerboating Association (WPPA) delegates, who visited Seoul to check on the preparations for the Grand Prix.
Seoul’s Local Organising Committee went through the final preparations with the WPPA ahead of the XCAT convoy’s arrival. The Korean capital is also hoping to host and organise a water festival alongside the GP.
Many meetings were arranged for the WPPA to talk through technical and logistical matters with WPPA Board Member and Acting CEO MR Ali Bin Hendi, Co-Chairman of the Preparatory Committee in South Korea, Mrs Erica Young Zee Yoon and all in attendance alongside a number of Korean officials.
The celebration also signalled the 100 day countdown to the event with gifts being exchanged by both sides to remember the event.
Following the meetings, Mr Bin Hendi expressed WPPA’s Board Members satisfaction on the current preparations done by the Korean organising committee to host the World Championship, and the dedicated efforts by the Local Organising Committee. “The presence of the Korean capital, Seoul, in the calendar of XCAT World Series confirms the extent of the work and diligence of the WPPA Board Members, which nocked on so many doors in order to publicise XCAT Series and sport of powerboat on a larger scale” said Ben Hendi.
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.