Shaun Torrente and Faleh Al Mansoori drove Team Abu Dhabi 4 to a second successive win in Stresa this weekend.
Torrente and Al Mansoori emerged from the first turn with a clear advantage, they then controlled the race from the front, although the runners up, Nadir Bin Hendi and Arif Al Zaffain were hot on their heels throughout, Al Zaffain the Dubai Police throttle man commented after:
We fixed 80 percent of our problems from yesterday, however, we were still down on power from our left motor.
But second here is good.
Celebrating at the finish with Al Mansoori and Team Abu Dhabi manager Talib Al-Sayed, Torrente said:
I feel awesome.
The whole team was superb.
Everybody did a wonderful job to prepare a perfect boat.
Faleh did a great job on the wheel and I just did my job.
We’ve had a perfect weekend, it was actually really comfortable.
We are so used to this race course now. We were really in control today and I was able to relax and stay focused.
The Blue Roo pairing of Pal Virik Nilsen and Jan Trygve Braaten took third place ahead of Rashed Al Tayer Majed Al Mansoori in Abu Dhabi 5 in fourth position.
Torrente and Al Mansoori now lead the 2019 UIM XCAT World Championship with 70 points, Bin Hendi and Al Zaffain are on 56, while Virik Nilsen and Trygve Braaten tie with Tom Barry-Cotter and Ross Willaton in third with 48 points.
The the next round is scheduled for China in September.
2019 UIM XCAT World Championship - Round 1 - Stresa, Italy - Race 2
|4 ||UAE||Team Abu Dhabi||Victory||Shaun Torrente||Faleh Al Mansoori|
|3||UAE||Dubai Police||Victory||Arif Al Zaffain||Nadir Bin Hendi||00.11.76|
|8||AUS||The Blue Roo||Victory||Pål-Virik Nilsen||Jan Trygve Braaten||00.25.25|
|12 ||AUS||Maritimo||Maritimo||Tom Barry-Cotter||Ross Willaton||00.35.66|
|10||ITA / AUS||222 Offshore||Victory||Giovanni Carpitella||Darren Nicholson||1.011.3|
|5||UAE||Team Abu Dhabi||Victory||Rashid Suhail Al Tayer||Majed Saeed Al Mansoori||00.32.69*|
|2||SWE||Swecat Racing||Victory||Erik Stark||Sebastian Groth||1.034.71|
|46||ESP||Consulbrokers||Victory||Andrea Comello||Luca Betti||2.010.03|
|20||ITA||De Mitri||Victory||Roberto Lo Piano||Andrew Willaton||2.022.55|
|9||RUS||New star||Victory||Mikhail Kitashev||Dmitriy Vandyshev||3.04.35|
|17||KUW||Kuwait||Victory||Abdullatif Al Omani||Moustafa Al Dashti||DNF|
|96||ITA||HPI Racing Team||Doug Wright||Rosario Schiano Di Cola||Giuseppe Schiano Di Cola||DNF|
|22||ITA||Videx||Victory||Alfredo Amato||Joakim Kumlin||DNF|
John raced Offshore UIM Class 3 in the 1980’s & 1990’s.
He served as the Cowes Torquay Cowes Event Director for 4 years, including running the 50 th Anniversary Event in 2010.
He has recently organised 4 British Offshore races under UKOPRA sanction.
He is the Editor of Powerboat Racing World.