History was made here in Lillestrøm at the Norwegian International Boat Show this evening when the first ever Powerboat Racing Team from Pakistan was officially launched.
‘Spirit of Pakistan’ will enter the sport racing a F4 Molgaard hull and it will be driven by newcomer Muhammad Ali from the UAE.
Former UIM F2 World Championship promoter, Abdul Salam Fairooz, Managing Director of Spirit of Pakistan told me;
We are very excited about this new venture and Pakistan’s first foray into powerboat racing.
The country has a population of 182 million and many of those people are mad on sport.
We see this as an amazing opportunity to introduce those sports fans to our racing.
Driver Muhammad Ali whose parents are both from Pakistan, knows he has a steep learning curve;
I will start testing the F4 in the UAE.
The plan is then to ship it to Norway and enter some local races here and finally travel to Brodenbach in German to race against international competition.
The connection with Norway is the Team Manager, none other than Nordic superstar Frode Sundsdal;
The new team will be able to use my race HQ, a contract has been drawn up between my EDH Racing outfit and Spirit of Pakistan, we will also be responsible for their European campaign.
It’s a pleasure to be working with Abdul again, our friendship goes back some twenty years and I look forward to extending that with success on the water.
Spirit of Pakistan F4 Calendar
10th – 11th June Porsgrunn, Norway – F4 National Championship.
17th – 18th June Songe – F4 national Championship.
4th – 6th August Tønsberg Boat race – Norway – F4 National Championship
11th – 13th August Sandefjord, Norway – F4 National Championship
26th – 27th August Drammen, Norway – F4 National Championship European Championship F4
9th – 10th September – Rends burg, Germany – F4 European championship
Photo: Per Bonde