The Victory Team pairing of Salem Al Adidi and Eisa Al Ali are raring to go all out for an outright win in the second round of the 2019 ABPA Offshore Championship to be held on Camden on the Lake in Missouri, this weekend.
Al Adidi and Al Ali brought their Victory Boat No.3 in second behind James Sheppard and Steve Curtis’ ‘Miss Geico’, while Darren Nicholson and Giovanni Carpitella brought their 222 Racing boat in third. That result in the season opener on Cocoa Beach Florida earned the Victory Team 93 points while Sheppard and Curtis are at the top with 104 points and 222 Racing is in third with 83 points.
“Technically, tomorrow will be our first experience ever on the calm waters of the lake. Both of us are looking expectantly towards a top position in this race,” Al Adidi said from Camden on the Lake.
“This race will be a brand-new experience for both of us as it is going to be something different for most of the boats here. We are enjoying every moment of this experience with the hope that we will get the result we want,” he added.
Saturday’s action will get underway with the opening ceremony at 10 am (7 pm UAE time), while the first of five races in various categories will start from 11 am (8 pm UAE time). “Right now our priority is to get the finer things correct. We need to ensure the boat has the best set-up so that we can be where we want to be at the end of the week,” Al Adidi narrated.
“Our crew has been extremely focused on getting the minor details in order – the best speed, the best balance and the best acceleration so that we can go out there and prove ourselves as being the best in the business,” he added.
Luckily Al Adidi and throttleman Al Ali are both huge fans of flat, calm waters. “Having calm waters gives us an advantage as that suits our style of driving. It also gives us an opportunity to concentrate on the speed element and target the top position on the podium,” he shrugged.
“Besides being world champions, we are also good friends. And this aspect also helps us be the best we want to be. The experience of understanding each other will come in handy when we go out there on the water,” he stressed.
After Lake Ozark, racers will move on to the third round in Sarasota (July 5-7) followed by St Clair (July 26-28), the penultimate round in Michigan City (August 2-4) and the season finale in Fort Myers from October 10-12.
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