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24 Heures motonautiques de Rouen – The Start

The 54th 24 Heures motonautiques de Rouen got underway this morning at 10.30 CET. A 30 minute delay in starting the boats was due to a suspected suicide earlier, not related to the race and the French Police had closed the river. All other times are expected to be unchanged giving the competitors a 23.5 Heure race. Team Nollet (below), headed by Philippe Chiappe, who is attempting to win the 24 Hours Motonautique de Rouen for the fifth time in a row, lead the race after 97 laps. Chasing them down and just a lap behind are VSI Racing (below. Photos: Chris Davies  

Chiappe Power – The Local Hero

Philippe Chiappe will be a man in demand, sought-after, desired, coveted and requested by many this weekend, as he attempts to win the 24 Hours Motonautique de Rouen for the fifth time in a row. So just how much pressure is the man born just twenty kilometres away under? Chiappe told Powerboat Racing World’s Chris Davies; When I’m out there racing I have no pressure, but when I’m off the water everyone wants a piece of you. I have a lot of people who want to talk to me, fans, sponsors and friends. With a guest list topping 800 people Chiappe knows that making time to speak to them over the weekend can be just as challenging as the endurance race itself. Adding to that is overseeing a crew of seventy personal that make up Team Nollet, including a twelve…

The Lull before the Storm

As you walk up and down the pit lane here on the banks of the River Seine you soon spot some familiar names on the sides of those raceboats being readied as the count down begins on the 54th running of the legendary 24 Hours Motonautique of Rouen. Starting as the bookmakers favourite for overall race honours is Philippe Chiappe fresh from his F1H2O victory last weekend in Portimao, Portugal (below). The local hero looked at ease as he posed for photographs with his legions of fans this morning. Trying to make amends for his disappointing performance last weekend will be Shaun Torrente; the Floridian will once again race for the Russian New Star team. Making it almost feel like the second round of the F1H2O series has come early will be the Team Abu Dhabi pairing of Alex Carella…

Team Abu Dhabi to defend Class S2 Rouen title with two boat team

Team Abu Dhabi returns to northern France this weekend to take part in the 54th edition of the world renowned 24 Hours of Rouen endurance race on the River Seine. The team running out of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) achieved a memorable Class S2 victory last year, courtesy of Thani Al-Qemzi, Alex Carella, Majed Al-Mansoori and Tullio Abbate, in Team Abu Dhabi 35. The ADIMSC is determined to repeat a success that saw them run for 792 laps on the 3.8km course to beat Navikart Racing by an impressive 37 laps. Rashed Al-Tayer replaces Abbate in Team Abu Dhabi 35 on this occasion. Mohammed Al-Mehairbi, Rashed Al-Qemzi, Alberto Comparato and Rashed Al-Tayer were not so fortunate last year in Team Abu Dhabi 36 . They were running as high as sixth before Comparato crashed and the…

UIM Necko Endurance Race – Poland – Team Abu Dhabi 36 take the win

Team Abu Dhabi’s Emirati quartet of Rashid Al-Tayer, Mohammed Al-Mehairbi, Rashid Al-Qamzi and Faleh Al-Mansoori stunned their more experienced rivals to claim a memorable win in the first of two World Endurance Championship races on Augustów’s Necko Lake in northern Poland at the weekend. Thani Al-Qamzi, double UIM F1 H2O world champion Alex Carella, Majed Al-Mansoori and Italian Tullio Abbate led the opening race before dropping back to fifth place in Team Abu Dhabi 35 after engine issues cost them valuable laps. The two boats then took part in a second endurance race on Sunday afternoon and Team Abu Dhabi 36 held fourth after three hours, with Team Abu Dhabi 35 down in fifth position. New Star 20 held the lead from Navicart Racing heading into the closing stages. Winning the first of the races was a great start to…

Team Abu Dhabi set to tackle two six-hour UIM World Endurance races with two boat line-up in Poland

Team Abu Dhabi continues its exciting summer of competing in European power boating events by entering two boats in the renowned Double 6 Hours of Augustów – the Necko Endurance race – in northern Poland this weekend (July 9-10). The race is organised by the Augustowski Klub Sportowy Sparta and has run since 2005. It takes place on the stunning Necko Lake and is a round of the World Endurance Championship running under the auspices of the UIM. There will be two six-hour races in the time schedule for three boat classes – S1, S2 and S3. Team Abu Dhabi has entered boats 35 and 36 in the S2 class with similar driver line-ups to the ones used at the 24 Hours of Rouen in France. Double UIM F1 H2O world champion Alex Carella, teams up with the Emirati duo…

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