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Carella gets behind the wheel of an XCAT

There was an XCAT Racing practice session in Abu Dhabi today which also marked the first official XCAT appearance of triple UIM F1 H20 World Champion Alex Carella in Team Abu Dhabi 55. Three XCATs, Raheeb 17’s Abdullatif Al-Omani (KWT)/Ahmed Al-Suwaidi (KWT) , Dubai 33’s Salem Al-Adidi and Eisa Al-Ali and Faleh Al-Mansoori and  Alex Carella in Team Abu Dhabi 5 The Italian was making his first appearance in an XCAT, although he had run five laps in testing earlier in the week with his team-mate. Carella said; It was great, the first time in the water with the XCAT. We only had five laps together before today. We found a good feeling together. It is good for me for Formula One also, because I have to drive the boat really softly and this is like my style in F1H2o. I…

Team Abu Dhabi 5 flips in UIM Class 1 practice

Teams taking part in the UIM Class 1 World Championship were permitted to practice on the course at the Abu Dhabi Breakwater for over an hour on Wednesday morning. The session certainly didn’t lack drama and a spectacular crash for Team Abu Dhabi 5 dampened local spirits, despite the fastest time of the session falling to Team Abu Dhabi 6. Video: Fiona Pascoe Official practice Team Abu Dhabi 5 and 6 were the first two boats on to the water in a slight breeze and the two carded laps of 2min 48.187sec and 2min 44.322sec, respectively. Relekta ran a 3min 01.46sec opener, but the session was red flagged soon afterwards when Al-Tayer and Al-Mansoori carried a little too much speed into the top turn by the Marina Mall approach road and spectacularly spun and flipped their MTi. Al-Tayer said; We…

Fiona Pascoe only does Extreme!

From Watergate Bay in Cornwall and the finals of the 2016 Microlink ThunderCat Racing Championship with huge surf, rain, wind, hail and freezing temperatures and 24 hours later, I am sitting in the hospitality suite over looking the breakwater in Abu Dhabi! It’s hot, music is playing and the skyline is majestic! Warming up from Cornwall, I feel very privileged to be here to watch the UIM Class 1 World Championship. 5 days – 5 boats and 5 professional teams competing for the title. It’s been a long time since I’ve been a part of the ‘elite’ UIM Class 1 scene and realistically in the pits, one series is no different than another. It’s all about winning with ‘Preparation, Camaraderie and Enjoyment’ thrown in. I watched the first race today with a couple of fellow Brits. Daniel Cramphorn who couldn’t compete today due…

Victory 3 draws First Blood – UIM Class 1

First blood in this year’s three-race UIM World Class 1 Powerboat Championship fell to Victory 3’s Arif Saif Al-Zafeen and Nadir Bin Hendi, after Tuesday’s opening Grand Prix laid on by the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) off the Abu Dhabi Breakwater. Team Abu Dhabi 6’s John Tomlinson and Gary Ballough played their lap strategy in a canny fashion, but could not match the Dubai crew on this occasion slowed towards the end reached the chequered flag 1min 50.33sec behind their arch rivals, who take a five-point advantage into the second race on Thursday afternoon. Italian Giovanni Carpitella and England’s Ian Blacker belied their lack of experience together to produce a solid performance to claim third overall. A late engine change meant that Rashed Al-Tayer and Majed Al-Mansoori missed the start in Team Abu Dhabi 5 and plans…

Victory 3 takes UIM Class 1 pole

Victory 3 snatched pole position from Team Abu Dhabi 6 by the narrowest of margins in another gripping pole position session on Tuesday morning. Team Abu Dhabi 5 and Relekta qualified in third and fourth, with Aquasport yet to take to the water. Pole Position – Race 1 Victory 3 was first on to the water for the one-hour of qualifying and the Dubai crew opened their account with a lap of 2min 48.155sec before returning to the pontoon. Al-Tayer and Al-Mansoori ran for three circuits with a best time of 2min 54.866sec and then Ballough and Tomlinson ran a three-lap stint with each lap considerably faster than the other. They thought they had done enough to claim pole with the fastest lap of the race meeting so far – a flying 2min 44.000sec – but Al-Zafeen and Bin Hendi…

Norway takes 7 World Speed Records

Just a few weeks after Coniston Records Week, the Norwegian’s held their speed attempts last Saturday in the Kilsund area. Frode Sundsdal set an incredible 4 World Records in UIM Aquabike GP 1,2,3 & 4 and narrowly missed out on the Enduro 1h – UIM F2 World beating time. Sundsdal was ‘in and out’ of meetings all day today and couldn’t supply me with his times in time for this article to be posted before the Western World went to bed, thanks to all others from Norway that have contributed. Inge Lund raised the Offshore UIM Class 3A record to 77.20 mph, beating the speed recently set by Jack Bobin on Coniston Water by a staggering 3.19 mph. Jonas Hansen bettered Sweden’s Fredrik Groth Fyrö Offshore UIM Class 3B record by 1.77 mph. The UIM P750 ThunderCat Pro – Stock – World Speed…

Randy Scism excited by format of new-look UIM Class 1 World Championship

Action got underway in the 2016 UIM World Class 1 Championship at the Abu Dhabi Breakwater on Monday afternoon with the first official practice session on the demanding course laid on by the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC). Team Abu Dhabi made the last minute decision to put last year’s championship winning partnership of Gary Ballough and John Tomlinson back together in boat number 6 – the first of the two pristine American-built Mtis – while Rashed Al-Tayer and Majed Al-Mansoori lined up in Team Abu Dhabi 5 and Faleh Al-Mansoori reverted to racing in the Team Abu Dhabi XCAT – the category which will be permitted to run this week behind the Class 1 field. Ballough and Tomlinson clocked a best time of 2min 46.816sec on the second lap of their first two lap stint in the…

UIM XCAT Racing – Bin Hendi talks about the future

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the World Professional Powerboating Association (WPPA) has predicted a much closer finish in the UIM XCAT World Series standings, starting from next season. Ali Bin Hendi, who was recently appointed at the Dubai-based WPPA, said that the entry of the four-stroke engines from next year will usher in a new edge to XCAT powerboat racing around the world. We have a fantastic product in the UIM XCAT World Series, and with the entry of the four-stroke engines next season, the teams will be challenged even further due to the inclusion of new dimensions within the series. With the introduction of the new engines, my hunch is that teams will get even closer to each other and a champion will be known only at the end of the season. Of course, as world champions there will be…

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