Portugal will be the first stop for The Victory Team next weekend, on what looks to be one of the Dubai based team’s busiest seasons.
2018 UIM F1H2o World Championship
The team will be racing in the F1H2o season opener in Portimão with new driver and defending World Champion Alex Carella and team mate Ahmed Al Hameli.
After a trial run in 2015, Victory Team’s first full season in F1H2o racing was in 2016 with American Shaun Torrente claiming a UIM Silver Medal.
This year the team will be fielding boats that have been built at their Jebel Ali HQ, the hulls have been designed to conform to the new UIM head height regulations and are constructed from carbon fibre, Kevlar, synthetic fibre, Airex and Nomex.
Huraiz Al Mur Huraiz, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Victory Team commented on the F1H2o team:
We have two world-class drivers this season and we place a lot of trust on both of them.
Carella has 4 world titles and Ahmed has always displayed his ability to be among the top ranks.
So we have our task cut out on the F1H2o circuit.
We have been among the best teams in the past few years, and we will stop nothing short of being where we rightly belong.
Ahmad Al Fahim, who officially joined Victory Team as their F4-S driver for the season last week will also be heading to Portimão to compete in the first 2 rounds of the Championship.
2018 UIM F2 World Championship
The Victory Team will be competing in the UIM F2 World Championship for the first time and will be represented by Suhail Khalfan and Mansoor Al Mansoori at the opening round in Kaunas, Lithuania on the 27th of this month.
Bin Huraiz outlined his thoughts:
We want to see how our drivers fare in this class.
We have a strategy in mind while promoting both Mansoor and Suhail to this class so that we can create a pool of drivers with the future of powerboat racing in mind.
2018 UIM-ABP Aquabike World Championship
For the first time ever, the Victory Team has ventured into aquabike racing and have signed up 5 time World Champion Kevin Reiterer from Austria.
Reiterer, who turns 26 in August, will start off in the Ski GP1 Division in the 2018 UIM-ABP Aquabike World Championships. The opening round will be held in Gallipoli, Italy from May 25-27.
Super Boat International
Even though the Victory Team made its offshore powerboat racing debut in 1986, it wasn’t until 1992 that it entered the UIM Class 1 Championship.
The impact was huge with the team taking its first win, the following year they claimed the first of 14 World Championships.
With the demise of the Championship, Victory are using their big offshore cats in the American Super Boat International series this year.
Salem Al Adidi and Eissa Al Ali will be participating in Key West, Florida in November.
On the American challenge, Bin Huraiz had this to say:
The American frontier is nothing new for Victory Team with the Dubai team racers making an impact at various competitions way back from 1990 to 1992 in Florida and Key West.
Now, as we mark the ‘Year of Zayed’, we want to leave behind an indelible mark through sports on behalf of the UAE.
The SBI Championship is the toughest of its kind, and making an impact in North America will serve the cause of the UAE as we head towards hosting Expo 2020.
It has been the wish of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Sports Council that we use sport as a facilitator for building bridges across the world.
Our participation on the other side of the Atlantic will definitely help us achieve this goal.
Bin Huraiz welcomed the new racers into the Victory Team:
We have been watching these talented youngsters since the past few seasons.
We found that their attitude towards racing is so much in keeping with our philosophy at Victory Team.
I am confident that they bring in a lot of positive attributes to the table and I wish them all the best with their first season with us.
The challenges will always be there for a world-class set-up like Victory Team.
We are a dedicated bunch of professionals, be it the racers or the assisting crew, who want to ensure we keep our position at the top of the standings in everything that we take part in.
The past has set a standard, and I believe these racers are the best in the world in their categories.