Tom Barry-Cotter and Ross Willaton took a surprise win in the second of three XCAT races being held in Shanghai this weekend.
The Aussie team driving Maritimo, took the win thanks to a perfect long-lap strategy after starting from second on the grid.
Starting in pole position, Rashed Al Tayer and Majed Al Mansoori took second place in Abu Dhabi 5, with the Dubai Police combination of Arif Al Zaffain and Nadir Bin Hendi claiming the third podium place to grab a fragile lead in the XCAT title race.
Reigning XCAT world champions, Shaun Torrente and Faleh Al Mansoori, finished 6th after being given a 60 second penalty for missing a long lap.
Torrente said after:
Some days you are the windshield and some days you are the bug, in yesterday’s race we had a good start and were happy with second.
Today however was another story.
We broke an oil pump in qualifying, the Abu Dhabi team worked their butts off and changed it and swapped Power-heads.
Unfortunately the motor still had an issue and was down 4-500 rpm all race.
We think we have it sorted so we can fight back tomorrow.
They now go into tomorrow’s third and final race of a frantic weekend two points behind Al Zaffain and Bin Hendi, meaning the championship looks poised for a thrilling finish in December’s final round in Dubai.
2019 UIM XCAT World Championship - Shanghai Grand Prix - Race 2
|#||Country||Boat Name||Hulll||Driver||Co-Driver||Average Speed|
|12 ||AUS||Maritimo||Maritimo||Tom Barry-Cotter||Ross Willaton||93.23 mph|
|5||UAE||Team Abu Dhabi||Victory||Rashid Suhail Al Tayer||Majed Saeed Al Mansoori||92.60 mph|
|3||UAE||Dubai Police||Victory||Arif Al Zaffain||Nadir Bin Hendi||91.98 mph|
|96||ITA||HPI Racing Team||Doug Wright||Rosario Schiano Di Cola||Giuseppe Schiano Di Cola||88.88 mph|
|2||SWE||Swecat Racing||Victory||Erik Stark||Sebastian Groth||88.25 mph|
|4 ||UAE||Team Abu Dhabi||Victory||Shaun Torrente||Faleh Al Mansoori||89.50 mph (60 second time penalty)|
|17||KUW||Kuwait||Victory||Abdullatif Al Omani||Moustafa Al Dashti||87.01 mph|
|10||ITA / AUS||222 Offshore||Victory||Giovanni Carpitella||Darren Nicholson||86.39 mph|
|20||ITA||De Mitri||Victory||Roberto Lo Piano||Mario Di Cosmo||85.15 mph|
|9||RUS||New star||Victory||Mikhail Kitashev||Dmitriy Vandyshev||84.52 mph|
|22||ITA||Videx||Victory||Alfredo Amato||saul Bubacco||84.52 mph|
|46||ESP||Consulbrokers||Victory||Andrea Comello||Luca Betti||79.55 mph|
Tony Lewis, is a former British print and BBC broadcast journalist with more than 40 years’ media and PR experience.