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Malta’s Ciantar leads UIM 2017 V1 World Championship hunt

Aaron Ciantar won the first of a 3 race UIM V1 World Championship in Chioggia, Italy on Thursday. Ciantar’s Chaudron hull, built and designed by his family boat business in Malta, saw off competition from Italian’s Tommy One (Maurizio Schepici and Stefano Bonanno) and Cola (Karel More, Giuseppe Schiano and Rosario Schiano). The German entry, Searex Baltec was the fourth and final entrant to this depleted ‘World Championship’. Main Photo: chioggianews24.it

Trophies, but where are the boats?

Chioggia is playing host this week to the beleaguered UIM Class One and V1 classes. Class One, once the Crown Jewell of International Offshore Racing, has an entry of just 2 competitors in this year’s World Championship in Italy. The V1 Class has double the entry of the catamaran class, 4 boats. At least Jean-Marie Van Lancker, the Belgium National Authority President and head of UIM COMINOFF seemed thrilled that there were plenty of trophies to go around.

An Abu Dhabi win can’t stop Victory Team taking their 15th UIM Class 1 World Title

Team Abu Dhabi stunned their arch rivals from Dubai’s Victory Team to win the third race of the UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship at the Abu Dhabi Breakwater on Friday afternoon. But the Victory Team regained the world title that they had ceded to Team Abu Dhabi last November by a single point. The Dubai crew earned four points for running the same engines throughout the race meeting and Team Abu Dhabi was penalised for lifting a Mercury valve cover to make necessary engine checks and only earned two of the four bonus points on offer. Trailing the multiple World Champions, Arif Saf Al-Zafeen and Nadir Bin Hendi, by 10 points heading into the third-race showdown, Team Abu Dhabi 6’s John Tomlinson and Gary Ballough led through the opening lap and began to pull away from their rivals, using…

UIM Class 1 – It’s a Victory 3 win again

Victory 3’s Arif Saif Al-Zafeen and Nadir Bin Hendi claimed a second successive victory at the three-race UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship on the Abu Dhabi Breakwater on Thursday afternoon. Team Abu Dhabi 6’s John Tomlinson and Gary Ballough now face an uphill battle to successfully defend the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club’s (ADIMSC) world title in the final race on Friday afternoon. Victory 3 led from pole and pulled away from their arch rivals in a processional 13-lap race to claim maximum points, as Al-Fursan (the UAE equivalent to the British Red Arrows aerobatics team) flew a spectacular high-speed display overhead. Team Abu Dhabi 6 finished a comfortable second and Zabo 91’s crew of Italy’s Giovanni Carpitella and England’s Ian Blacker rounded off the podium places. Aquasport 99’s Nico Huybens and Daniel Cramphorn lined up in fourth…

Victory 3 takes pole for race 2

Team Abu Dhabi 6’s John Tomlinson and Gary Ballough ran Victory 3’s Arif Saif Al-Zafeen and Nadir Bin Hendi so close in another pole position thriller off the Abu Dhabi Breakwater on Thursday morning. The defending Class 1 World Champions looked to have done enough to clinch pole position when they clocked an impressive tour of 2min 44.623sec on their second lap and that was 0.051 seconds quicker than Victory 3’s instant reply. But the Dubai crew came back from the pontoon fresh again and a potent third lap of 2min 42.630sec – the fastest of the week so far – could not be matched by Team Abu Dhabi 6’s response of 2min 43.854sec. Relekta 91 benefited from a replacement turbo charger and engine re-mapping and reached qualifying with far more power than it had finished the Kilo Run on…

Victory 3 fastest in UIM Class 1 Kilo run

The exciting concept of a Kilo Run gave teams a break from competing in three races for the UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship title at the Abu Dhabi Breakwater on Wednesday afternoon. It followed an action-packed morning’s practice session which included a spectacular crash for Team Abu Dhabi 5’s Rashed Al-Tayer and Majed Al-Mansoori With races two and three in the UIM Class 1 World Championship scheduled for Thursday and Friday, officials at the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) included the Kilo Run in the timetable. Boats ran in reverse order from how they finished pole position qualifying on Tuesday and their maximum speed was measured by radar between a designated buoy and a gate. Each boat was permitted three runs to determine their highest speed. Victory 3’s Arif Saif Al-Zafeen and Nadir Bin Hendi left it until…

Team Abu Dhabi 5 flips in UIM Class 1 practice

Teams taking part in the UIM Class 1 World Championship were permitted to practice on the course at the Abu Dhabi Breakwater for over an hour on Wednesday morning. The session certainly didn’t lack drama and a spectacular crash for Team Abu Dhabi 5 dampened local spirits, despite the fastest time of the session falling to Team Abu Dhabi 6. Video: Fiona Pascoe Official practice Team Abu Dhabi 5 and 6 were the first two boats on to the water in a slight breeze and the two carded laps of 2min 48.187sec and 2min 44.322sec, respectively. Relekta ran a 3min 01.46sec opener, but the session was red flagged soon afterwards when Al-Tayer and Al-Mansoori carried a little too much speed into the top turn by the Marina Mall approach road and spectacularly spun and flipped their MTi. Al-Tayer said; We…