Fresh from the wave-crashing action in Fujairah, the XCAT World Series heads to DIMC – Mina Seyahi, Dubai this weekend, reports former British powerboat Champion, Richard Carr.
All to play for
Unlike last year’s championship, which saw Fazza win every race, this year’s started in dramatic fashion with the lead in the first race changing hands three times.
Both Fazza and T-bone Station held it before falling foul to mechanical failures, which allowed Team Abu Dhabi to take advantage and take the overall lead of the championship.
The points for the top five out of the 14 team championship are below:
|1||Aby Dhabi Team||36|
|4||Marine Investmenti Sud||27|
|5||Team Saracen Australia||19|
T-bone Station are a further two points behind in seventh, whilst defending champions Fazza are currently 19 points off the pace in eighth.
Speaking to the official XCAT racing website, Dr Khalid Al Zahed, Vice President of the World Professional Powerboat Association (WPPA) commented: “With the fantastic race we had in Fujairah last month, the UIM XCAT World Series is perfectly poised as we go into the second round here in Dubai.”
“We have several new teams in the Series this year and two of them – Abu Dhabi and Swecat – have already proved that they are real contenders by toughing out some spectacular conditions and finishing overall top three in Fujairah.
“Dubai promises to produce an epic battle as the defending champions look to regain their dominance while the new teams will be aiming to stand their ground, with the other teams also constantly challenging for those all-important Series points.”
The first official practice will take place this coming Thursday (19th), whilst the race for Pole Position and the thrilling head-to-head Dubai Duty Free Speed Cat Run will take place on Friday. The main event, Dubai GP, will take place on Saturday.
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.