UIM CLASS 1 WORLD POWERBOAT CHAMPIONSHIP
 

NEWS CENTRE

24/11/2016
TEAM ABU DHABI 6 EDGED OUT OF POLE POSITION BY VICTORY 3 IN QUALIFYING THRILLER

ABU DHABI (UAE): Thursday, November 24: Victory 3’s Arif Saif Al-Zafeen and Nadir Bin Hendi claimed a second successive victory at the three-race UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship on the Abu Dhabi Breakwater on Thursday afternoon. Team Abu Dhabi 6’s John Tomlinson and Gary Ballough now face an uphill battle to successfully defend the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club’s (ADIMSC) world title in the final race on Friday afternoon.

Victory 3 led from pole and pulled away from their arch rivals in a processional 13-lap race to claim maximum points, as Al-Fursan (the UAE equivalent to the British Red Arrows aerobatics team) flew a spectacular high-speed display overhead. Team Abu Dhabi 6 finished a comfortable second and Zabo 91’s crew of Italy’s Giovanni Carpitella and England’s Ian Blacker rounded off the podium places.

Aquasport 99’s Nico Huybens and Daniel Cramphorn lined up in fourth at the start and began to drop back until they hit trouble after eight laps and took on water at the rear of the field.

2016 UIM Class 1 World Championship – Race 2 result (Thursday):

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1. Victory 3 – Arif Saif Al-Zafeen (UAE)/Nadir Bin Hendi (UAE) 34min 08.75sec
2. Team Abu Dhabi 6 – John Tomlinson (USA)/Gary Ballough (USA) @ 40.58sec
3. Zabo 91 – Giovanni Carpitella (ITA)/Ian Blacker (GBR) @ 1min 58.15sec
4. Aquasport 99 – Nick Huybens (BEL)/Daniel Cramphorn (GBR) L2
Team Abu Dhabi 5 – Rashed Al-Tayer (UAE)/Majed Al-Mansoori (UAE) DNS

2016 UIM Class 1 World Championship – Pole Position times (Thursday):

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1. Victory 3 – Arif Saif Al-Zafeen (UAE)/Nadir Bin Hendi (UAE) 2min 42.630sec
2. Team Abu Dhabi 6 – John Tomlinson (USA)/Gary Ballough (USA) 2min 43.854sec
3. Zabo 91 – Giovanni Carpitella (ITA)/Ian Blacker (GBR) 2min 56.265sec
4. Aquasport 99 – Nick Huybens (BEL)/Daniel Cramphorn (GBR) 3min 33.929sec
Team Abu Dhabi 5 – Rashed Al-Tayer (UAE)/Majed Al-Mansoori (UAE) DNS

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