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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…

Arran Scott confirms P1 Superstock entry

Arran Scott from Poole, driving for the Absolute Aqua Powerboat Race team has confirmed he will be competing in the 2016 Powerboat P1 Superstock Championship. Competing in five events across the UK, Scott will be driving his 28ft Panther with the aim of taking the championship title. With the final event based in Bournemouth starting Friday the 3rd of September, Scott hopes his home water advantage will pay off! Last year’s campaign started well for Scott, whilst being sponsored by Allam Marine he put in some stunning performances at the opening event at Scarborough, securing him a second place in the championship and identifying him as one of the favourites. The second event, in a very rough Gosport saw more great driving, winning three out of four races (on the water) that should have given the team a comfortable lead in…

XCAT Series heads for South Korea

Seoul, South Korea is the latest new addition to the UIM XCAT World Powerboating Series fold. That was announced at a press conference in Dubai today attended by HE Saif Al Ketbi (President of the World Professional Powerboating Association), Essa Kharbash (WPPA board member), Sid Bensalah (Secretary General of the WPPA) and members of the preparatory committee for the Korean event. “For the first time in XCAT history, the race, which is planned for 23-25 September, will be contested on a river in the centre of the city. The South Korea GP will be the fourth round of the current XCAT World Series after the Dubai GP this weekend and the Lugano GP in Switzerland this June. “This is a very exciting development for XCAT racing and we are looking forward to working together with the local organising committee to…

Carpisa Yamamay look to repeat Dubai heroics at second round of XCAT Series

Alfredo Amato will be returning to Dubai with relish this weekend for the second round of the UIM XCAT World Powerboating Series. The Italian topped the podium the last time the Series stopped in Dubai – at the end of 2015 – and will be hoping for a similar result when racing gets underway from April 15-16 at Dubai International Marine Club. Amato has teamed up with a new driver in Diego Testa in the Carpisa Yamamay boat and while they finished in fifth spot at the opening round of the season in Fujairah last weekend, they’re aiming higher in Dubai. “After just one day of testing we got the third best time in free practice last weekend, then in the race we gained five positions. This gives us confidence in repeating a good result. We have to work a…

Team Abu Dhabi XCAT crews aim to bounce back quickly from Fujairah set-back

Team Abu Dhabi will leave nothing to chance in a bid to bounce back into contention for success in the 2016 UIM XCAT World Series, when action resumes with this weekend’s Dubai Grand Prix off the coast of the Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC). Last weekend’s dramatic race in Fujairah was a set back for the two-boat team running out of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) and the two crews find themselves near the foot of the championship standings at this early stage of the season. The calendar is such this year that there are just eight days between the first two Grand Prix in Fujairah and Dubai and team technicians have been working long hours to ensure that both Team Abu Dhabi 4 and 5 are ready for the first of the practice sessions in Dubai…

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