Kevin Reiterer will lead the Victory Team riders as favourites for honours into the fourth round of the 2019 UAE International Aquabike Championship this weekend.
Last week competing on the calm waters of the Yas Beach in Abu Dhabi, Reiterer had further consolidated his position at the top in the Ski Division GP1 category with outright wins in both motos of Round 3 to take his total to 145 points.
In second place overall is former ten-time world champion and now coach at the Victory Team Marine Academy Stephen Dauliach with 123 points, while Christopher John Wilkinson is in third with 112.
Reiterer, who was crowned the UIM-ABP world champion for a third time in the GP1 category in Sharjah in December last year, was unstoppable in both motos while leaving his challengers to pursue him without much success and establish a comfortable cushion in the overall standings.
Reiterer said after last week’s championship round.
My aim is to lead by example and I think this strategy is working for us all.
We have a set of new riders who have been doing well so far, and it is our focus to keep them motivated and going towards higher things in this sport.
Much of the emphasis on racing is on the junior breed of riders coming through, and young Suhail Rashid Al Tayer has been among those who has remained consistent so far.
The eldest son of Class One and XCAT driver Rashid, the ten-year-old once again dominated his Ski Junior GP 3.2 class with two second places and a total of 44 points to continue at the top of the standings with 133 points.
However, the Victory Team Marine Academy driver will now have to be wary of Fares Ibrahim Jawad Ramadhan after two outright wins saw the Kuwaiti rider continue his chase to stay on Al Tayer’s tail with 125 points.
Held under the patronage of Shaikh Dr. Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Advisor to His Highness the President and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC), the third round of the championship had attracted more than 60 jet-ski riders from across the world.
Organisers Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC) is expecting an even bigger field of riders at the Mercato Beach this weekend.
The competition, that is normally held in eleven different categories, will be run over seven rounds till the final one at the Yas Beach in Abu Dhabi on March 8.