Pole Position shoot-out
It wasn’t all plane sailing for XDubai though, as they waited till the dying seconds of Saturday’s qualifying session to clinch top spot ahead of Sunday’s Cascais GP.
Tough conditions made for a fiercely contested battled, with last year’s champions Arif Al Zaffain and Nadir bin Hendi leaving it to the final seconds of the sessions before surpassing Abu Dhabi Team’s previous fastest lap.
Unlike their rivals, XDubai chose to do just one run and waited for the wind to die down before launching their assault.
“The conditions changed a lot. It was getting better but at times the wind increased again so it was tough,” said Al Zaffian.
“But I felt that the very last minutes would be the best so we went to play our last chance and that’s when we got the last two seconds off our time that we needed and we got first place.”
XDubai’s dominance continued into the afternoon session as the duo of Al Zaffain and bin Hendi claimed top honours in the Dubai Duty Free Speed Cat Run.
Zaffain and bin Hendi got the better of Team Saracen Australia, Raheeb and Abu Dhabi Team before coming head-to-head with Swecat in the final. They looked beat heading into the final stages of the race having been behind their Swedish rivals throughout, but XDubai took advantage of a bad wave landing by Swecat to edge ahead and take the title.
T-Bone Station defeated Abu Dhabi Team to third spot with all points gained in the Dubai Duty Free Speed Cat run going towards the overall standings.
A report from Sunday’s Cascais GP will appear on Richard Carr Racing tomorrow.
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.
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