Powerboat Racing World can confirm tonight that 6 times XCAT World Championship winners, the Victory Team, have dramatically pulled out of the 2018 season with the first race in Fujairah just 8 days away.
The UAE based team have become synonymous with XCAT Racing, Victory have not only dominated the series on the water, they have manufactured the majority of hulls for other competitors and Dubai has heavily invested in the Championship.
When Powerboat Racing World recently reported that the ‘Boys in Blue’ would be competing their 2 boat, Class One team in the SBI sanctioned Key West World Championship this season, we hadn’t been alerted to this change of priority.
It would appear that Victory will be diverting their funding into the big cats, their UIM F1H2o team and the newly created UIM F2 challenge.
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.