Eagle-eyed followers of the UIM XCAT World Series would have observed by now that the first 2 events scheduled on the calendar haven’t actually taken place.
The opening event of the 2019 season was due to be held in Fujairah, UAE in February and the XCAT’s were due to be competing in Suadi Arabia this weekend.
Over the last few months, I understand that the UIM have tried to secure a promoter for the series and one very big name was close to signing a contract, although a pen wasn’t put to paper.
Due to the fact that the XCAT fleet and all equipment are based in the UAE, Fujairah International Marine Club (FIMC) have put on a ‘Challenge Trophy’ for 7 seven of the World Championship teams; Dubai Police, New Star, 222 Offshore, Kuwait, Videx, Pastamato and HPI.
Yesterday the FIMC hosted time trials and a Gala Dinner with the main race this morning won by the Dubai Police crew of Nadir Bin Hendi and Arif Saif Al-Zafeen.
1. #3 – Dubai Police
2. #10 – 222 Offshore
3. #22 – Videx
4. #96 – HPI
5. #46 – Pastamato
6. #17 – Kuwait
7. #9 – New Star
Full results from the event can be found on XCAT World Championship.
It was also announced in Fujairah that the Offshore Powerboat Teams Association (OPTA), which was formed for XCAT crews will now be headed up by Lars Inge Graver and Alfredo Amato.
The Blue Roo Team Manager, Brett Luhrmann who helped to found OPTA a couple of years ago, has stepped down and will now be concentrating on family matters in Australia.
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.