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Team Abu Dhabi #35 seals Rouen 24 Class S2 win

Thani Al-Qamzi, Alex Carella, Majed Al-Mansoori and Tullio Abbate shadow CTIC China Team to finish Mohammed Al-Mehairbi, Rashid Al-Qamzi, Alberto Comparato and Rashid Al-Tayer retire Team Abu Dhabi 36 The Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) enjoyed a superb weekend of endurance racing on their debut at the punishing 24 Hours of Rouen in northern France. The team entered two DAC boats in the world famous race and the Team Abu Dhabi 35 quartet of Alex Carella, Thani Al-Qamzi, Majed Al-Mansoori and Tullio Abbate finished first in the S2 class and third overall in their DAC after completing 792 laps of the 3.8km course on the River Seine. “This was an amazing experience for me and the entire team,” said Thani Al-Qamzi. “It’s hard to put into words the experience of running at speeds for very long periods where…

4th consecutive Rouen 24 hour victory for Chiappe

Current UIM F1h2o World Champion Philippe Chiappe added a 4th consecutive 24 heures motonautiques de Rouen win to his burgeoning trophy cabinet today. Sharing driving duties with Nelson Morin and Peter Morin, the FI China CTIC Team finished the famous endurance race 41 laps ahead of their nearest rivals, Team Cegelec SDEM ITM. Team Abu Dhabi #35 made an impressive debut in France, they finished third overall and first in class (S2). Event ‘regulars’ Navikart #32 and New Star #20 joined the UAE team on the S2 podium. Arion Racing #41 led their class, S3 for an incredible 23 hours. They were followed home by Team Buddy Drivers and Team Touax Heritage. Photography kindly supplied by Peter ‘Pepe’ Moorkens and Luc Vermeiren Powerboatracing.be @powerboatracing

Mullan wins again, but Roylance stuns on debut

2016 Australian V8 Superboat Championships Allcott Hire Park, Temora, NSW Photos: Russell Puckeridge, Pureart Creative Images RAMJET Racing’s Phonsy Mullan continued his winning streak in the Australian V8 Superboats Championship under lights at Allcott Hire Park in Temora, although he had to do things the hard way under mounting pressure from reigning world#4 Jamie Welch and the returning Tony Giustozzi, however it was a 400 Class driver who stole the show in front of the big local crowd, Mitch Roylance taking the round win on debut! Mullan’s victory was perhaps no great surprise, but the three-time champion was playing things down ahead of the event, having been forced to rebuild his twin-turbo 445ci powerplant after a rare failure with a head gasket at Griffith. Replacement parts and a busy work schedule for the GM Motorsport boss meant that final works…

Italian Tommy Racing Team enter the Cowes Classic 2016

Maurizio Schepici has entered his Seatek powered Metamarine hull, Tommy Racing, into the Cowes Classic 2016. Last year was his first crack at the historic race. After a duel with Vector Martini Rosso for the lead, mechanical issues set-in leaving the Italian team having to rely on a tow in to Torquay. 41 year old Schepici, established the Italian record hammer throwing record with a distance of over 65 m in 2007, changing sports, he then went on to win the UIM P1 Endurance World Championship in 2010. This year he will team up with Gabriele Giambattista who took numerous wins in the UIM P1 Supersport Championship, racing Jolly Drive. It’s been six years since Fabio Buzzi won the Cowes Torquay Cowes and for the Italians, that is too long!

The Norvall brothers launch their P1 Superstock season at Tedworth House

Brothers Glynn and Lee Norvall today launched their 2016 P1 Superstock challenge at Tedworth House, Wiltshire and announced their intention to support the UK Charity, Help for Heroes. Founded in 2007, Help for Heroes provides direct, practical support for wounded, injured and sick servicemen, women and veterans and their loved ones. This is done through grants to individuals and specialist charity partners, together with recovery services delivered through its national network of centres. Mark Elliott from Help for Heroes commented, We are delighted that E.Marine Racing has chosen Help for Heroes as its Charity of the Year partner for 2016 and we are looking forward to working together, with the full backing of Powerboat P1. This is another wonderful partnership to raise much needed funds to help our wounded, sick and injured Heroes in their journey to recovery. We wish Glynn…

2015 UIM Photographic competition winners announced

The 2015 UIM Photographic competition winners have been announced. The eighteenth year of the competition, comprised of the following categories; Circuit, Offshore, Aquabike, Atmosphere, Retouched and Open. In a statement published with the results, Judging Panel Chairman James Wright commented, With a total of 229 entries, the 2015 UIM Photographic competition was arguably the strongest to date, making the task of the judging panel both arduous and enjoyable. With a great variety of entries showing the excitement and drama from all levels of powerboat racing it is obvious that there are a large number of photographers following our sport who really enjoy capturing the highs and the lows, the preparation and planning and the people so passionate in making the races happen – drivers, mechanics, organisers and officials and the crowds. The introduction of the new ‘Open’ category encouraged strong submissions from Australia,…

2016 Trans Atlantic ThunderCat Race – massive surf and roughest racing ever

The final day of the Trans Atlantic certainly gave not only all the competitors, but the thousands of spectators who turned up to watch the racing, the most exciting yet this year in South Africa. With the high winds and extremely rough sea conditions the Trans Atlantic this year gave photographers and film cameraman the most incredible pictures and footage. With many bruised and aching bodies and some very tired muscles, the 45 teams gave it their all on Sunday, 3rd and final day, with all 4 classes, 11 boats in Novice, 16 boats in Stock, 6 boats in Pro-Stock and 11 boats in Modified, providing some really nail biting racing with positons changing constantly and lots of dicing. Once again old time Pro-Stock class thundercat racer Marc Gleed with his much younger co-pilot Christiaan Beyers of Team Brent Oil, had…

Team Abu Dhabi enter 24 heures motonautiques de Rouen

Thani Al-Qamzi, Alex Carella, Majed Al-Mansoori and Tullio Abbate to crew Team Abu Dhabi 35 Mohammed Al-Mehairbi, Rashid Al-Qamzi, Alberto Comparato and Rashid Al-Tayer line up in second 36 boat In an exciting break from taking part in the UIM XCAT World Series and the UIM F1 H2O World Championship, Team Abu Dhabi is currently in northern France preparing for this weekend’s 53rd edition of the world famous 24 Hours of Rouen, the marine version of motor sport’s legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans. The team from the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) has entered two DAC boats in the race for the very first time and four drivers will take turns to crew each of the race hulls during 24 gruelling hours of competition on the demanding Rouen course on France’s famous River Seine. On an entry…

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