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Victory Team XCAT clean sweep

Arif Al Zaffain and Nadir bin Hendi put the finishing touches to a perfect weekend’s racing with victory in the Dubai Duty Free Speed Cat Run in Dubai on Saturday. Competing in the second round of the 2016 UIM XCAT World Powerboating Series, the Victory Team duo had already claimed top honours in the race for Emaar Pole Position and then also in the Dubai GP on Friday. So the Speed Cat Run victory completed their clean sweep of the weekend’s events and saw them extending their lead at the top of the overall Series standings after victory at the Fujairah GP last weekend as well. Al Zaffain and Bin Hendi now have a 31-point lead over the Swecat Racing team of Erik Stark and Mikael Bengtsson who are second while the Dubai 33 pair of Salem Al Adidi and…

UK ThunderCat racers have an early season start in Bournemouth

The 2016 UK ThunderCat Racing Championship got off to an early start in Bournemouth today with an event supported by Fortitudo Property. Flat calm seas greeted the 19 strong fleet, which ensured fast racing and with that speed came flips and mechanical issues. First to withdraw were the Galaxy Girls, (Lynsay Crellin and Jo Foxx) with a broken gear casing while Kingfisher Fire & Security, 51 Racing and Multispark #61 all gave their crews an early bath. Continuing his winning run from last season was Bligh Julius in Multispark #33. He positively dominated the M Shape circuit heats whilst his 2015 rival James Tapp looked on from his deckchair content with his retirement from racing. Young Connor Blackman driving Ragworm put in a career best with second overall, while Rob Davies and Darren Phillips took the bronze in their new…

Victory Team’s Al-Zafeen and Bin Hendi beat Dubai 33 in Dubai Duty Free Speed Cat Run final

After clinching a sensational second position behind Victory Team in Friday afternoon’s rescheduled Dubai Grand Prix, the Team Abu Dhabi’s 5 crew of Faleh Al-Mansoori and Rashed Al-Tayer were thrown headlong into Dubai Duty Free Speed Cat Run action on Saturday at the Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC). The luck of the draw worked against both teams on this occasion and they were pitted together in the first of the heats instead of what could so easily have been the final. Victory Team’s Arif Saif Al-Zafeen and Nadir bin Hendi prevailed in the heat and went on to beat Dubai 33’s Salem Al-Adidi and Eisa Al-Ali in a thrilling all-local final. T-Bone Station’s Giovanni Carpitella and Marco Pennesi comfortably won the third-placed play-off against Team Australia’s Pal-Virik Nilsen and Brett Luhrmann. “It wasn’t meant to be today, but that’s the…

Double Dubai delight for Victory XCAT Team

Another week, another win for the Victory Team. Arif Al Zaffain and Nadir bin Hendi continued their dominance of the 2016 UIM XCAT World Series with victory at the second round – the Dubai GP this afternoon. While they didn’t head to the front from the start, an almost perfect long lap strategy saw the pair taking the lead in the ninth lap and eventually powering to a 17-second win over secondplaced Abu Dhabi Team 5. It had been Abu Dhabi 5’s Rashed Al Tayer and Faleh Al Mansoori who powered into the lead after a sensational start from the second gate. But the duo just couldn’t build up enough of a lead to keep in front of the high-flying Victory Team who simply blew any opposition away. The battle for third spot was eventually where all the action was…

Victory Team take XCAT Emaar Pole Position in Dubai

The Victory Team pair of Arif Al Zaffain and Nadir bin Hendi will start this afternoon’s Dubai GP in Pole Position after a sensational final lap that was four and a half seconds quicker than their nearest challenger. In the new-format race for Emaar Pole Position, the duo claimed the fastest times in all three qualifying sessions to book their top spot. Gold Coast Australia (Tom Barry-Cotter and Ross Willaton) will start in second spot with Swecat Racing (Mikael Bengtsson and Erik Stark) in third while T-Bone Station (Giovanni Carpitella and Luca Fendi) will complete the top starting gate in fourth spot. Emaar Pole Position Results    

Australia’s Gold Coast fastest in Dubai XCAT practice

Gold Coast.Australia proved to be the quickest of the pack in the first official practice ahead of tomorrow’s Dubai GP – the second round of the 2016 UIM XCAT World Powerboating Series. Tom Barry-Cotter and Ross Willaton, who finished second in last weekend’s Fujairah GP, were the only boat to dip under the 2 minute 37 mark, recording a fastest lap 2:36.573 for top spot. Second were the Dubai 33 team of Salem Al Adidi and Eisa Al Ali (fourth last weekend) with a time of 2:37.230. Recording the third fastest time of the afternoon (2:37.306) were the Altman Marine pair of Jay Price and Sean Torrente, who were particularly pleased with their showing considering this was the first time trying out the newly introduced XCAT Mercury ROS 400 engines. The American drivers competed with the old engines last weekend,…

XCAT race day in Dubai changed due to high winds forecast

Due to the high winds and rough sea conditions forecast for Saturday in Dubai, the race schedule has been switched. The race for Emaar Pole Position will take place on Friday, 15 April at 10.30 am followed by the main race – the Dubai GP – at 3.30 pm also on Friday. The one-on-one, drag race-style Dubai Duty Free Speed Cat Run will now take place on Saturday, 16 April at 2.30 pm.

Extra pressure for the XCAT Victory Team in Dubai

The pressure will be on when Arif Al Zaffain and Nadir bin Hendi return to racing in Dubai this weekend. The Victory Team duo already lead the Series going into the second round of the UIM XCAT World Series at Dubai International Marine Club from April 15-16, but there are always a few extra nerves making their presence felt when they’re in front of a home crowd. “Always the pressure is on because everyone expects a lot from you there so we’ll hopefully perform to their expectations and be number one again,” said Bin Hendi, who together with Al Zaffain powered to a comfortable victory in the opening round of the 2016 season in Fujairah last weekend. The pair are all too aware of the challenge they’re up against, however, with a strong showing from Gold Coast.Australia (Tom Barry-Cotter and…