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TEAM ABU DHABI’S AL-TAYER PROMOTED TO THIRD AFTER USTINOV IS DISQUALIFIED IN NORWAY

TØNSBERG (NORWAY): Sunday, August 5:  Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al-Tayer was promoted from fourth to third position in Sunday’s EDH Grand Prix of Norway (Tønsberg Båtrace) after Russian driver Konstantin Ustinov was disqualified from the official results after the race for an engine eligibility violation.

Al-Qemzi, the defending UIM F2 World Champion, was involved in a first turn collision with Norwegian race promoter and birthday boy Frode Sundsdal that sidelined both drivers and forced a race restart situation.

 

Twenty-year-old Italian Alberto Comparato led the drama-filled race from pole position and was never troubled on his way to a  second win of the season and a comfortable 18-point lead in the UIM F2 World Championship. The Italian’s winning margin over Norway’s Tobias Munthe-Kaas was 2.75 seconds, as Al-Tayer held off  Russian driver Konstantin Ustinovto secure the final place on the podium. Al-Tayer and Al-Qemzi are now tied for 5th in the unofficial Drivers’ Championship standings.

 

American Brent Dillard and Sweden’s Daniel Segenmark reached the finish in fifth and sixth places and Spaniard Héctor Sanz, Swede Ola Pettersson, Austria’s Rupert Temper and Swedish lady racer Bimba Sjöholm rounded off the top 10.

 

Etihad Airways is the official carrier for Team Abu Dhabi that is also supported by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and runs under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan, advisor to the Head of State and chairman of the board of directors of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club and under the guidance of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan, Vice-President and CEO of the ADIMSC. The racing team runs under the auspices of the ADIMSC and board member and general manager Salem Al-Remeithi and team manager Guido Cappellini.

 

EDH Grand Prix of Norway

 

Eigthteen boats lined up at the start of the 50-lap race, with Comparato on pole from Hagin and Riabko and the Team Abu Dhabi duo of Al-Qemzi and Al-Tayer in sixth and ninth. Christian Carlsen had been penalised for a rules violation on Saturday evening and he lost his place lining up in eighth and was pushed to the back of the line-up for the Repecharge race. Subsequent drivers moved up a place and Brent Dillard was given the 15th spot for the final.

 

The Repecharge race permitted three additional drivers to join the action and Mette Bjerknaes, Kalle Viippo and Rupert Temper all qualified at the rear of the field. Defending UIM F1 H2O World Champion Alex Carella failed to make the race after completing only three laps in the Repecharge because of engine issues and the likes of Mansoor Al-Mansoori and Oskar Samuelsson also missed out. But Bjerknaes was deemed to have infringed on her lane in the Repecharge and the young Norwegian’s place in the race was later taken by Owen Jelf.

 

The boats headed into a slight wind from the start pontoon and pole sitter Comparato and Hagin made a good start. But the race was yellow-flagged at turn one after Sundsdal and Al-Qemzi collided and crashed out. Ferdinand Zandbergen’s boat also sustained damage in the incident.

 

After a delay, while the drivers were checked out and the damaged boats were removed from the course, action resumed with a pontoon restart and 16 of the original 18 boats on the water. Comparato made another good start and completed the opening lap ahead of Hagin and Riabko. The leading trio held station into lap four and Al-Tayer climbed from eighth to seventh.

 

Comparato led Hagin by 2.63 seconds into lap eight, as Munthe-Kaas passed Riabko to snatch third place and Ustinov also found a way through to take fourth at the expense of the Lithuanian. The leading duo began to pull well clear of Munthe-Kaas and were 12 seconds ahead of the Norwegian into lap 12, as Al-Tayer climbed to sixth when Riabko withdrew.

 

The race was yellow-flagged when a turn buoy was displaced on lap 16 and a second buoy had also moved. After a lengthy and unfortunate delay, action resumed with a bunched pack of 15 drivers on lap 25. But the race was yellow-flagged almost immediately after Hagin lost his cowling. The boats were instructed to revert to their pre-stoppage positions and the green flag was raised on lap 30, but Hagin was forced back to the pits before the restart and Munthe-Kaas climbed to second place and Ustinov into third. Al-Tayer also moved up to fifth.

 

Comparato maintained his lead from Munthe-Kaas and Al-Tayer and  Ustinov overtook Zandbergen to snatch fourth place. But the race was interrupted yet again when Zandbergen flipped his boat out of the race and forced a yellow flag. Racing resumed on lap 37, once Zandbergen’s damaged Mad Croc BaBa had been removed from the course, and Comparato managed to hold off Munthe-Kaas and retain his advantage.

 

By lap 40, the Italian led the race by 4.91 seconds from Munthe-Kaas, as Al-Tayer continued to fend off the challenge from Ustinov  in the battle for third place. Comparato continued to edge away from his rivals and the youngster reached the chequered flag 2.75 seconds ahead of Munthe-Kaas with Al-Tayer sealing third from Ustinov  by 2.4 seconds. 

 The additional three championship points earned means that the Emirati climbs to equal fifth in the UIM F2 World Championship after three rounds. Race winner Alberto Comparato retains an 18-point advantage over Tobias Munthe-Kaas.

 Action in the UIM F2 World Championship continues in Ribadouro, Portugal, on September 15-16.

 

2018 EDH Grand Prix of Norway – final result:

1. Alberto Comparato (ITA)                      50 laps

2. Tobias Munthe-Kaas (NOR)                   @2.75sec

3. Rashed Al-Tayer (UAE)                        @7.81sec

4. Brent Dillard (USA)                                    @8.85sec

5. Daniel Segenmark (SWE)                    @15.97sec

6. Héctor Sanz (ESP)                                     @18.72sec

7. Ola Pettersson (SWE)                                    @27.78sec

8. Rupert Temper (AUT)                                   @30.50sec

9. Bimba Sjöholm (SWE)                                  L1

10. Owen Jelf (GBR)                                    L1

11. Kalle Viippo (FIN)                                      L1

12. Johan Österberg (SWE)                    L1

Konstantin Ustinov (RUS)                    DSQ

Ferdinand Zandbergen (NED)                    DNF

Stefan Hagin (DEU)                                    DNF

Edgaras Riabko (LIT)                                       DNF                      

Rashed Al-Qemzi (UAE)                                      DNF                                                                                                      

Frode Sundsdal (NOR)                                   DNF

 

2018 UIM F2 World Championship – positions after round 3 (unofficial):

1. Alberto Comparato (ITA)                      40pts    

2. Tobias Munthe-Kaas (NOR)                   22pts                    

3. Edgaras Riabko (LIT)                                        15pts                    

4. Brent Dillard (USA)                                    14pts    

5. Stefan Hagin (DEU)                                    12pts    

5. Rashed Al-Tayer (UAE)                        12pts

7. Daniel Segenmark (SWE)                    11pts                                                                                                     

8. Rashed Al-Qemzi (UAE)                      9pts                                                                                                      

9. Héctor Sanz (ESP)                                     5pts

10. Ola Pettersson (SWE)                    4pts

11. Duarte Benavente (PRT)                     3pts                                      

11. Rupert Temper (AUT)                   3pts

13. Bimba Sjöholm (SWE)                  2pts

13. Oskar Samuelsson (SWE)                    2pts                      

15. Owen Jelf (GBR)                                    1pt

15. Mette Bjerknaes (NOR)                   1pt

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AL-QEMZI AND AL-TAYER QUALIFY SIXTH AND 10TH FOR TEAM ABU DHABI IN NORWAY

Young Italian Alberto Comparato claims pole position in Norway; Stefan Hagin in second

 

TØNSBERG (NORWAY): Saturday, August 4:  Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al-Qemzi and Rashed Al-Tayer will line-up in sixth and 10thpositions for Sunday’s EDH Grand Prix of Norway (Tønsberg Båtrace) after a nail-biting Norlux Qualifying session at Tønsberg late on Saturday afternoon.

 

Al-Qemzi is bidding to defend his UIM F2 World Championship title and the Emirati recorded a best Q3 lap time of 41.00sec to confirm sixth place in a tense qualifying session that was won by the 20-year-old Italian Alberto Comparato with a best lap of 40.00sec. Al-Tayer carded a time of 41.25sec to qualify in 10th position, while Germany’s Stefan Hagin (40.35sec) and Lithuania’s Edgaras Riabko (40.46sec) rounded off the podium places.

 

Defending UIM F1 H2O World Champion Alex Carella failed to reach Q2 on his first appearance in F2 with the Victory Team.

 

Etihad Airways is the official carrier for Team Abu Dhabi that is also supported by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and runs under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan, advisor to the Head of State and chairman of the board of directors of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club and under the guidance of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan, Vice-President and CEO of the ADIMSC. The racing team runs under the auspices of the ADIMSC and board member and general manager Salem Al-Remeithi and team manager Guido Cappellini.

 

Norlux Qualifying

 

Qualifying was split into three sessions with nine boats in each, although Q1 was also split into three 20-minute heats because of the size of the field and the fact that a maximum of 18 boats will start Sunday’s race on the revised course. Al-Qemzi lined up alongside eight rivals in heat one, with the five fastest boats from each heat moving into Q2.

 

Changeable weather conditions prevailed at the start of the session, where Oskar Samuelsson suffered technical problems and Hagin carded the target time of 41.63sec. Al-Qemzi all but assured his passage into Q2 with a run of 41.75sec and the duo were eventually joined in Q2 by Tobias Munthe-Kaas, Frode Sundsdal and Ferdinand Zandbergen with Samuelsson, Mansoor Al-Mansoori, Mette Bjerknaes and Owen Jelf being eliminated. Al-Qemzi topped the times with a lap of 41.19sec in a session that ended in heavy rain and a strengthening wind.

 

Al-Tayer was drawn in heat two that started in improving conditions after a slight delay. Konstantin Ustinov set the early target with a 42.53sec run but that was surpassed by Daniel Segenmark’s lap of 42.34sec. Al-Tayer moved into fourth place with a 4319sec tour and Ustinov regained the lead with a 41.97 in calm conditions.

 

Alex Carella, Gavin Bricker, Rupert Temper and Kalle Viippo were eliminated and Ustinov, Segenmark, Edgaras Riabko, Al-Tayer and Spaniard Héctor Sanz made it through to Q2. Segenmark won the heat with a 41.84sec lap.

 

Christian Carlsen and Bimba Sjöholm made it through the third of the Q1 heats with a joint winning time of 42.19sec. The Norwegian and the Swede were joined in Q2 by Alberto Comparato, Johan Österberg and Ola Pettersson. Rookie Lars Erik Andresen, Nick Bisterfeld and Sebastien Haugaard were eliminated as the session finished in darkening conditions and the onset of a storm. Österberg’s late lap of 42.44sec also pushed Brent Dillard out of the running and into the Repecharge race on Sunday.

 

After a seven-minute break, Q2 ran for 15 minutes and the fastest 10 were then given a single run in a Q3 shoot-out to determine pole position. Ustinov hit the front with a 42.97sec run and that was the target through the first five minutes, as Al-Tayer and Al-Qemzi held fifth and 15th places. Hagin moved to the front in 42.46sec but Al-Qemzi recorded a flying lap of 41.63sec to win the session. Sjöholm, Segenmark, Pettersson, Sanz and Österberg missed out on Q2 and Al-Tayer scraped through in seventh.

 

Comparato was the first of the 10 Q3 qualifiers on to the water for the two-lap shoot-out and the Italian posted a stunning target of 40.00sec. Race promoter Sundsdal clocked a 41.03sec and Zandbergen ran a 41.22sec before Al-Tayer opened with a run of 41.56sec and improved with a 41.25sec.

 

Ustinov was next on to the water and the Russian clocked a best run of 40.59sec to move into second position. Carlsen moved into a provisional fourth with a 41.16sec lap, but Hagin spun on his opening lap and then carded a time of 40.50sec to claim second place behind Comparato and then improved with a 40.35sec attempt.

 

Riabko edged into third with a 40.46 and a best time of 40.72sec for last year’s pole winner Munthe-Kaas left the door open for Al-Qemzi to try and claim pole position for Team Abu Dhabi. The defending champion opened with a run of 41.91sec and improved with a 41.00sec tour to qualify in sixth place and that confirmed pole position for a delighted Comparato.

 

Practice

 

Both Team Abu Dhabi drivers featured strongly in the first of the two practice sessions on Saturday afternoon that preceded qualifying.

 

Fourteen boats took to the water and Al-Qemzi topped the times for much of the session with a potent lap of 41.44sec during his 31 laps on the water in session one. He was displaced at the top of the rankings by Dillard’s last run of 41.40sec in the closing seconds. Ustinov and Pettersson were classified in third and fourth and Al-Tayer was sixth with a best lap of 43.12sec.

 

The remaining 13 boats took part in the second practice session and Germany’s Hagin topped the times with a lap of 41.04sec. Segenmark was 0.21 seconds behind in second place and fellow Swede Sjöholm was third. Match Race and Speed run winner Carella set a quickest lap of 42.44sec for the Victory Team and was fifth.

 

Teams will be permitted warm-up on the course from 12.20hrs on Sunday and there will be a Repecharge race for boats that have not already qualified for the F2 Grand Prix from 13.30hrs. The fastest three will then join the top 15 Q3 qualifiers for the main race. The EDH Grand Prix of Norway fires into life at 16.30hrs (18.30hrs UAE time).

 

2018 EDH Grand Prix of Norway – qualifying times:

Q3

1. Alberto Comparato (ITA)                      40.00sec

2. Stefan Hagin (DEU)                                    40.35sec

3. Edgaras Riabko (LIT)                                        40.46sec                              

4. Konstantin Ustinov (RUS)                    40.59sec

5. Tobias Munthe-Kaas (NOR)                   40.72sec

6. Rashed Al-Qemzi (UAE)                      41.00sec                                                                                                               

7. Frode Sundsdal (NOR)                   41.03sec

8. Christian Carlsen (NOR)                   41.16sec

9. Ferdinand Zandbergen (NED)                    41.22sec

10. Rashed Al-Tayer (UAE)                        41.25sec

Q2

11. Bimba Sjöholm (SWE)                  43.06sec

12. Daniel Segenmark (SWE)                    43.21sec

13. Ola Pettersson (SWE)                    43.34sec

14. Héctor Sanz (ESP)                                     43.72sec

15. Johan Österberg (SWE)                    44.43sec

Q1

16. Brent Dillard (USA)                                      42.53sec

17. Owen Jelf (GBR)                                    42.65sec

18. Sebastian Haugaard (DNK)                    42.91sec

19. Mansoor Al-Mansoori (UAE)                                43.12sec

20. Mette Bjerknaes (NOR)                   43.19sec

21. Alex Carella (ITA)                                      43.59sec

22. Nick Bisterfeld (DEU)                    43.72sec

23. Rupert Temper (AUT)                   44.16sec

24. Kalle Viippo (FIN)                                      44.47sec

24. Gavin Bricker (AUS)                                     44.47sec

26. Lars Erik Andresen (NOR)                   46.74sec

27. Oskar Samuelsson (SWE)                    1min 31.87sec

 

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AL-QEMZI AND AL-TAYER LOOK TO PUSH TEAM ABU DHABI INTO UIM F2 CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD IN NORWAY

TØNSBERG (NORWAY): Tuesday, July 31:  Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al-Qemzi and Rashed Al-Tayer head to Norway’s oldest city of Tønsberg this weekend to tackle the EDH Grand Prix of Norway (Tønsberg Båtrace), the third round of the UIM F2 World Championship.

 Al-Qemzi is the defending champion and third place on the famous fjord course last season consolidated the Emirati’s championship lead before he went on to seal the shortened championship in Portugal last autumn.

 Following the cancellation of the second round of this year’s championship in Denmark in June because of adverse weather conditions, Al-Qemzi arrives in Norway lying fourth in the title race behind Italy’s Alberto Comparato, Lithuania’s Edgaras Riabko and Germany’s Stefan Hagin. They filled the podium positions at the opening round in Kaunas earlier in the summer where Al-Qemzi was fourth.

 Last year’s Tønsberg winner Pierre Lundin is not racing this season, but Al-Qemzi and Team Abu Dhabi colleague Rashed Al-Tayer face competition from a formidable line-up of 29 provisional entries all trying to qualify for 18 places in Sunday afternoon’s EDH Grand Prix of Norway.

 With the news from Gordon Cook Racing will not be running David Del Pin or Grant Trask, Team Abu Dhabi faces competition from Dubai’s Victory Team, which is making its first appearance in Tønsberg with four-time UIM F1 H2O World Champion Alex Carella and Mansoor Al-Mansoori.

 Last year’s race runner-up Konstantin Ustinov could feature strongly as part of the New Star team, while American Brent Dillard, Spaniard Héctor Sanz, the Norwegian duo of Frode Sundsdal and Mette Bjerknaes, the Swedish trio of Daniel Segenmark, Oskar Samuelsson and Johan Österberg and England’s Owen Jelf will be chasing championship points.

 Once Portuguese veteran Duarte Benavente and the likes of Christian Carlsen, Gavin Bricker and Tobias Munthe-Kaas are thrown into the mix, the importance of a good Norlux Qualifying session on Saturday afternoon is emphasised.

 “Formula Two is very strong this season and it will not be easy to defend the title with so any drivers out there fighting,” said Al-Qemzi. “We made a strong start at the first race in Lithuania and then the second one was cancelled. That makes it all the more important that I achieve a good finish this weekend. The team has been preparing hard for this race and we are confident that we can push for pole position and fight for the win.”

 Etihad Airways is the official carrier for Team Abu Dhabi that is also supported by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and runs under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan, advisor to the Head of State and chairman of the board of directors of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club and under the guidance of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan, Vice-President and CEO of the ADIMSC. The racing team runs under the auspices of the ADIMSC and board member and general manager Salem Al-Remeithi and team manager Guido Cappellini.

 The Tønsberg Båtrace (EDH Grand Prix of Norway) is organised by Re Motorsport under the auspices of the Norwegian Motorsport Federation (NWF) and the support of F2 racer and project manager Frode Sundsdal. On-course action begins on Friday (August 3) with the Baume and Mercier Speed Run and Match Race for the top 16 drivers in the UIM F2 World Championship from 17.05hrs. This follows the official opening by the local Mayor Rune Hogsnes at 17.00hrs.

Official practice for the first of two groups of F2 boats gets underway from 13.30hrs on Saturday (August 4) afternoon and a second group takes to the water at 14.30hrs. Norlux Qualifying will be split into three sessions with three 20-minute Q1 heats starting at 17.00hrs. The field will be whittled down to 15 boats for Q2, which will run for a further 15 minutes. A 10-boat shoot-out to determine Pole Position gets underway for the fastest drivers later in the afternoon.

 Teams will be permitted warm-up on the course from 12.20hrs on Sunday and there will be a Repocharge race for boats that have not already qualified for the F2 Grand Prix from 13.30hrs. The fastest three will then join the top 15 Q3 qualifiers for the main race. Limited to 18 boats only, the EDH Grand Prix of Norway is due to fire into life at 16.30hrs (18.30hrs UAE time).

 2018 UIM F2 World Championship – positions after round 2:

1. Alberto Comparato (ITA)                      20pts

2. Edgaras Riabko (LIT)                                        15pts                    

3. Stefan Hagin (DEU)                                    12pts

4. Rashed Al-Qemzi (UAE)                      9pts                                                                                                         

5. Tobias Munthe-Kaas (NOR)                   7pts

6. Brent Dillard (USA)                                    5pts

7. Daniel Segenmark (SWE)                    4pts                                                                                                         

8. Duarte Benavente (PRT)                     3pts                                       

9. Oskar Samuelsson (SWE)                    2pts                      

10. Mette Bjerknaes (NOR)                   1pt

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CRUEL LATE BATTERY ISSUE ROBS TEAM ABU DHABI OF RUNNERS-UP SPOT IN SECOND SIX-HOUR ENDURANCE RACE ON AUGUSTÓW’S NECKO LAKE

Team Nollet 1 powered by New Star Racing Team snatches race two victory in Poland

     

AUGUSTÓW (POLAND): Sunday, July 8:  Team Abu Dhabi’s Thani and Rashed Al-Qemzi and Italian driver Tullio Abbate bounced back from Saturday’s disappointment and looked to be heading for an excellent second overall in the second six-hour race of the Double 6 Hours of Augustów – the Necko Endurance race – in north-eastern Poland on Sunday.

 

But a cruel battery issue robbed the team of a finish with just five minutes of the race remaining. They were still classified second in terms of laps run, but boats need to pass the chequered flag to score maximum UIM World Endurance Championship points, although race officials informed team members that points would be awarded for sixth place as the boat had completed over 90% of the race distance.

 

The team running out of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) led the race on occasions and then shadowed the Russian-French team in Nollet powered by New Star 1, spearheaded by three-time UIM F1 H2O World Champion Philippe Chiappe. Team Abu Dhabi completed only 10 laps less than the race-winning Chiappe and his French team-mates Peter and Nelson Morin and the Russian F2 driver Konstantin Ustinov.

 

The Medovarus Racing Team looked set to follow up Saturday’s race one victory with the final place on the podium, but they lost valuable laps in the last hour, stopped with 24 minutes to run and fell behind the eventual third-placed Russian crew in Nollet powered by New Star 20 and the Touax Racing Team in fourth overall. Xtrem Racing closed in on the stricken boat as well with minutes remaining, but the Medovarus team managed to get going to conserve fifth place. All four boats moved up in the points’ standings when Team Abu Dhabi failed to reach the chequered flag.

 

The JW Lepsk team pipped Phoenix Racing and the Arion Racing Team to S3 class success after a tight tussle.

 

Etihad Airways is the official carrier for Team Abu Dhabi that is also supported by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and runs under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan, advisor to the Head of State and chairman of the board of directors of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club and under the guidance of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan, Vice-President and CEO of the ADIMSC. The racing team runs under the umbrella of the ADIMSC, board member and general manager Salem Al-Remeithi and team manager Guido Cappellini.

 

A good start was imperative for Team Abu Dhabi in the second of the weekend’s six-hour endurance races that started at 11.00hrs local time on Necko Lake and was scheduled to finish at 17.00hrs. Six boats again lined up in the S2 class and a further six in S3.

 

The opening handful of laps were too close to call and Medovarus 74 headed Team Abu Dhabi and the two Nollet boats through the first four tours of the circuit. Team Abu Dhabi soon snatched the lead, however, and had completed 24 laps by the 24-minute mark and was running marginally in front of Medovarus 74 and Nollet 1.

 

Nollet 1 gained the lead over the next handful of laps and the French crew and Team Abu Dhabi began to edge slightly away from their rivals. But Team Abu Dhabi was back in the lead on the 50-minute mark, albeit running on the same lap as Nollet 1 and one ahead of Medovarus 74.

 

Nollet 1 regained the initiative, however, and were running three laps ahead of Nollet 20, Medovarus 74 and Team Abu Dhabi after 1hr 20min of the race. Twenty minutes later and Team Abu Dhabi climbed back into an outright second place, a mere one lap behind the leaders.

 

The race began to develop into a fascinating tussle and, with 2hrs 22min on the clock, Nollet 1 led by two laps from Medovarus and three laps from Team Abu Dhabi. Nollet 20 dropped time and was running five behind the Emirati DAC in fourth place. The leading trio held station and the gap remained the same as the race approached the half-way mark.

 

But Team Abu Dhabi climbed to second overall soon afterwards and trailed Nollet 1 by just two laps after 3hrs 13min. Medovarus 74 slipped to third, a further eight laps behind, and Touax Racing Team, Nollet 20 and Xtrem Racing filled the minor positions.

 

Approaching the four-hour mark, Nollet 1 maintained a two-lap lead over Team Abu Dhabi, but Medovarus 74 had lost touch with the leaders and was running 16 laps behind.

 

Team Abu Dhabi kept the pressure on right through the latter part of the race and a mere three laps separated the leading two boats after Nollet 1 had run 275 laps after 5hrs 11min. Medovarus 74 was 19 laps adrift with 49 minutes remaining, but ceded third position to Nollet 20 soon afterwards and slipped close to the clutches of Touax Pegase Racing Team after stopping with 24 minutes to go. But they managed to get going again to conserve fifth place behind the leading quartet.

 

But there was late drama for Team Abu Dhabi and a cruel battery issue robbed the team of a second-placed finish with just five minutes of the six hours still to run. With the team having completed over 90% of the race, race officials told team members that points would be awarded for sixth position.

 

Augustów Necko Endurance - race 2 result (unofficial @ 17.17hrs):

1. Team Nollet powered by New Star 1                          320 laps

2. Team Abu Dhabi 6                                                 310 laps – DNF (points for 6th place)

3. Team Nollet powered by New Star 20                        300 laps

4. Touax Pegase Racing Team 8                                 297 laps

5. Medovarus Racing Team 74                                 278 laps

6. Xtrem Racing 26                                                           274 laps

 

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TEAM ABU DHABI 4 SHADOWS DUBAI POLICE TO THE FINISH OF SECOND XCAT RACE AT STRESA GRAND PRIX OF ITALY

   Team Abu Dhabi 5 finishes sixth on Lake Maggiore and slips to fifth in championship

         

STRESA (ITALY): Sunday, July 8: Team Abu Dhabi 4, crewed by American racer Shaun Torrente and Emirati Faleh Al-Mansoori, stormed into an outright third place in the 2018 UIM XCAT World Championship after sealing a second successive runner-up spot in race two of the Stresa Grand Prix of Italy on Lake Maggiore on Sunday.

 

The Dubai Police crew of Nadir bin Hendi and Arif Saif Al-Zafeen led the second race of the weekend from pole position to secure a fourth successive XCAT victory by the margin of 7.47 seconds. That means the Dubai-based crew now hold a championship lead of 48 points over the 222 Offshore crew of Italian Giovanni Carpitella and his Australian throttleman Darren Nicholson. They finished third for the second day running behind the two UAE boats.

 

Team Abu Dhabi 5’s Rashed Al-Tayer and Majed Al-Mansoori guided their American-built MTi to the chequered flag in sixth position and slip to fifth in the championship standings. Team Australia’s Blue Roo crew of Pål-Virik Nilsen and Jan Trygve Braaten finished fourth and Yacht Club Como’s Italian pairing of Serafino Barlesi and Alessandro Barone were fifth.

 

Team Abu Dhabi 4’s Shaun Torrente said: “Yesterday was a great day for us. We knew this weekend that we had the first or second best boat. It was a disappointing qualifying that set us back on Friday when it was cut way short. We had a great start in the first race. Faleh did a great job driving and we had a clean race. We made a few minor changes this morning to give us a chance to climb one more spot. But the podium and the points is what we needed again today and we have put ourselves right into contention to challenge for the rest of the season.”

 

Etihad Airways is the official carrier for Team Abu Dhabi that is also supported by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and runs under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan, advisor to the Head of State and chairman of the board of directors of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club and under the guidance of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan, Vice-President and CEO of the ADIMSC.

 

The racing team runs under the auspices of the ADIMSC and board member and general manager Salem Al-Remeithi, while the XCAT team is managed by Talib Al-Sayed.

 

Race 2

 

The starting order for race two was determined by the finishing positions in race one and Team Abu Dhabi 4 and 5 started from second and fifth, with Dubai Police leading the way and 222 Offshore slotting into third place in ideal weather conditions. Swecat Racing suffered ongoing technical problems and remained festooned at the pontoon trying to fix an engine issue under a red flag and damage sustained in the morning’s free practice sidelined New Star.

 

Dubai Police maintained their advantage over Team Abu Dhabi 4 through the start lap with the Blue Roo and 222 Offshore in third and fourth, but the Blue Roo managed to overtake Team Abu Dhabi 4 and snatch second position at the start of the 17-lap race. But Team Abu Dhabi 4 regained second before the end of an opening lap that saw Team Abu Dhabi 5 slip to seventh behind Yacht Club Como and Ribot.

 

Dubai Police began to edge 2.5 seconds clear of Team Abu Dhabi 4, as Yacht Club Como opted for a first long lap after catching the wake of the fourth-placed Blue Roo. 222 Offshore retained third place after three laps.

 

The championship leaders continued to pull away from Team Abu Dhabi 4, as the wind began to strengthen slightly out on the lake. Team Abu Dhabi 5 and HPI 96 both took their first long laps and Kuwait moved up to fourth temporarily as a result of several of the leaders also opting for long laps.

 

The Blue Roo regained fourth position behind runaway leaders Dubai Police, Team Abu Dhabi 4 and 222 Offshore after nine laps, but Kuwait fell back after taking the first of their mandatory long laps. Dubai Police saw their advantage over Team Abu Dhabi 4 trimmed to 12 seconds once the Dubai crew had taken their first long lap, as Kuwait slipped to sixth place after running their long lap opener.

 

With the various long lap strategies nearing completion, Dubai Police continued to lead from Team Abu Dhabi 4, as 222 Offshore began to feel pressure from the Blue Roo in the battle for the final podium place. The gap narrowed for the lead considerably after Dubai Police ran their second long lap heading into the last few tours of the course.

 

But Dubai Police held on to confirm another maximum points haul and a second victory of the weekend, with Team Abu Dhabi 4 and 222 Offshore rounding off the podium positions and Team Abu Dhabi 5 reaching the chequered flag in sixth position. Both Ribot and HPI were lapped by the leaders.

 

Free Practice

 

Teams were permitted to carry out a final free practice session on Sunday morning and Torrente and Al-Mansoori of Team Abu Dhabi 4 ran just one potent lap of 2min 26.742sec to win the session from the HPI Racing Team and Dubai Police. Team Abu Dhabi 5 only ran for one lap as well and slotted into sixth of the 12 boats that took to the water, although the session was red-flagged after an accident involving the Russian New Star boat.

 

Action in the UIM XCAT World Championship calendar resumes with a series of races in China in late summer.

 

2018 Stresa Grand Prix of Italy – race 2 result:

1. Dubai Police 3 - Arif Saif Al-Zafeen (UAE)/Nadir bin Hendi (UAE)                    44min 57.14sec

2. Team Abu Dhabi 4 – Shaun Torrente (USA)/Faleh Al-Mansoori (UAE)                                @7.47sec                          

3. 222 Offshore 10 - Giovanni Carpitella (ITA)/Darren Nicholson (AUS)                    @31.63sec

4. Team Australia 8 – Pål-Virik Nilsen (NOR)/Jan Trygve Braaten (NOR)                   @38.10sec

5. Yacht Club Como 20 – Serafino Barlesi (ITA)/Alessandro Barone (ITA)                 @1min 00.75sec

6. Team Abu Dhabi 5 – Rashed Al-Tayer (UAE)/Majed Al-Mansoori (UAE)                    @1min 25.37sec              

7. Kuwait 17 – Abdullatef Al-Omani (KUW)/Mustafa Al-Dashti (KUW)                   @1min 48.69sec

8. Venus Bali 46 – Andrea Comello (ITA)/Domenico Calderola (ITA)                      @2min 28.38sec

9. Ribot 22 – Alfredo Amato (ITA)/Daniele Martignoni (ITA)                                      1 lap behind

10. HPI 96 – François Pinelli (FRA)/Rosario Schiano (ITA)                                                     1 lap behind                

New Star 9 – Mikhail Kitashev (RUS)/Dmitry Vandyshev (RUS)                                     DNS                      

Swecat Racing 2 - Mikael Bengtsson (SWE)/Erik Stark (SWE)                                        DNS      

 

2018 UIM XCAT World Championship – positions after race 4 (unofficial):

1. Dubai Police 3                                                              140pts  

2. 222 Offshore 10                                                           92pts    

3. Team Abu Dhabi 4                                                                 82pts                    

4. Team Australia 8                                                          74pts    

5. Team Abu Dhabi 5                                                                 67pts                    

6. New Star 9                                                                     49pts                    

7. Kuwait 17                                                                       48pts    

8. Venus Bali 46                                                                 47pts    

9. Videx/Ribot 22                                                           36pts    

10. HPI 96                                                                            33pts                    

10. Yacht Club Como 20                                              33pts    

12. Swecat Racing 2                                                               26pts    

13. Maritimo 12                                                                  0pts

 

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TEAM ABU DHABI LOSES LEAD WITH ELECTRICAL ISSUES AND IS CLASSIFIED FIFTH IN FIRST ENDURANCE RACE ON AUGUSTÓW’S NECKO LAKE

  Medovarus Racing Team snatches surprise win in endurance race one; second for Touax Racing Team

     

AUGUSTÓW (POLAND): Saturday, July 7:  Team Abu Dhabi’s Thani and Rashed Al-Qemzi and Italian driver Tullio Abbate have their work cut out to achieve success in the Double 6 Hours of Augustów – the Necko Endurance race – after electrical issues cost them the lead in the first of the two six-hour races in Poland on Saturday afternoon. They were classified in fifth place at the finish of the opening race in the S2 class. 

 

The team running out of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) led through the opening laps, but a lengthy delay played into the hands of their rivals and Nollet powered by New Star 1 fended off the challenge from their team-mates in Nollet powered by New Star 20 to head into what looked like a 1-2 finish for the Franco-Russian team.

 

But Nollet 1 was forced out of the running after 216 laps with a broken engine and the Medovarus Racing Team stormed through to claim victory over the Touax Racing Team by six laps, as Nollet 20 rounded off the podium places and pushed Xtrem Racing down to fourth. The Arion Racing Team won the S3 class.

 

Etihad Airways is the official carrier for Team Abu Dhabi that is also supported by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and runs under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan, advisor to the Head of State and chairman of the board of directors of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club and under the guidance of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan, Vice-President and CEO of the ADIMSC. The racing team runs under the umbrella of the ADIMSC, board member and general manager Salem Al-Remeithi and team manager Guido Cappellini.

 

The first of the two six-hour races started at 09.00hrs on Saturday morning and finished at 15.00hrs. Team Abu Dhabi faced five other teams in the S2 class, including the two Nollet powered by New Star outfits, and there were a further six boats entered in the S3 class.

 

Team Abu Dhabi 6 started well and, after 45 minutes of the race, the crew were leading, having completed 36 laps to their main rivals’ 35. Both the Nollet boats held second and third places and the Medovarus Racing Team, Xtrem Racing and the Touax Racing Team were fourth, fifth and sixth.

 

As the race neared the one-hour mark, Nollet powered by New Star 1 had snatched a narrow advantage and had completed 43 laps to the 42 run by second-placed Team Abu Dhabi, Medovarus 74 and Nollet powered by New Star 20. But the team running out of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club hit trouble soon afterwards and slipped to the foot of the rankings after returning to the pits. They quickly dropped 12 laps to the race leading Nollet 1 and were 25 laps adrift and still not back on the race course after Nollet 1 had completed 65 laps.

 

Team Abu Dhabi resumed racing soon afterwards in sixth place, but the Emirati DAC was 32 laps adrift of Nollet 1 and 28 behind the second-placed Medovarus 74 after a little under two hours of racing. The six boats held station through 2hrs 20min of the six-hour race where Nollet 1 had completed 125 laps and was running on the same lap as Medovarus. Team Abu Dhabi had reduced the margin to 27 laps but remained in sixth position.

 

Nollet 1 retained a one-lap advantage over Medovarus 74 through 3hrs 18min of racing and 176 tours of the Necko Lake course. Team Abu Dhabi remained in sixth place, 50 laps behind the leaders after another delay. Nollet 1 had completed 204 laps after 3hrs 48min of the race and held a four-lap lead over Nollet 20, with Medovarus 74 a single lap behind. Team Abu Dhabi was out of the water and had only completed 126 laps.

 

Nollet 1 reached the four-hour mark five laps in front of Medovarus 74 and Nollet 20 was a further six laps adrift but ongoing electrical issues meant that Team Abu Dhabi was running at the rear of the field.

 

After 4hrs 45min of the six-hour race, Medovarus 74 had snatched a surprise lead of six laps over the Touax Racing Team, with Xtrem Racing up to third and the Nollet powered by New Star 20 and 1 slipping to fourth and fifth overall, the latter having retired after 216 laps and 4hrs 01min of the race with engine issues.

 

Team Abu Dhabi now faced a battle against the clock to try and overhaul the 216 laps that had been recorded by Nollet 1 and move up to fifth place. With 45 minutes of the race remaining, Team Abu Dhabi was running 34 laps short of fifth place, as Medovarus 74 led Touax by six laps and Xtrem and Nollet 20 were running on the same lap, 12 behind the leaders.

 

Team Abu Dhabi reduced Nollet 1’s hold on fifth place to 20 laps with 30 minutes remaining and the difference was just seven laps with 16 minutes to run. There were no late dramas either and Team Abu Dhabi climbed to fifth place after 5hrs 51mins, with Medovarus 74 beating Touax Racing Team by six laps to claim the win.

 

Competitors will be permitted a second training session on the lake on Sunday morning between 09.00hrs and 10.00hrs and race two is scheduled to start at 11.00hrs, finishing at 17.00hrs.

 

Augustów Necko Endurance - race 1 result (unofficial @ 15.10hrs):

1. Medovarus Racing Team 74                                 320 laps

2. Touax Pegase Racing Team 8                                 314 laps

3. Team Nollet powered by New Star 20                        308 laps

4. Xtrem Racing 26                                                           297 laps

5. Team Abu Dhabi 6                                                 227 laps

6. Team Nollet powered by New Star 1                          216 laps - DNF

 

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TEAM ABU DHABI’S XCATS FINISH RACE ONE OF THE STRESA GRAND PRIX OF ITALY IN SECOND AND FIFTH POSITIONS

Dubai Police lead from start-to-finish to win race 1 on Lake Maggiore

       Team Abu Dhabi 4 and 5 qualify in fourth and ninth; pole for Dubai Police

         

STRESA (ITALY): Saturday, July 7:  Team Abu Dhabi 4 and 5 finished second and fifth in the opening race of the Stresa Grand Prix of Italy, round two of the 2018 UIM XCAT World Championship, on Lake Maggiore in Italy on Saturday.

 

The Dubai Police crew of Nadir bin Hendi and Arif Saif Al-Zafeen led from the start and began to pull away from their rivals. Team Abu Dhabi 4, crewed by American racer Shaun Torrente and Emirati Faleh Al-Mansoori, moved up from fourth to second place on the start lap and played their long lap strategy well to shadow Dubai Police to the finish in second position to kick-start their title challenge. They closed the gap on the Dubai-based team to just 3.75 seconds at the end.

 

Team Abu Dhabi 5’s Rashed Al-Tayer and Majed Al-Mansoori moved through the field as the race progressed and reached the chequered flag in fifth place behind the Italian Giovanni Carpitella and his Australian throttleman Darren Nicholson in 222 Offshore and the Blue Roo crew of Pål-Virik Nilsen and Jan Trygve Braaten. The result moved the two Team Abu Dhabi boats into an unofficial equal third in the championship standings.

 

Etihad Airways is the official carrier for Team Abu Dhabi that is also supported by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and runs under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan, advisor to the Head of State and chairman of the board of directors of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club and under the guidance of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan, Vice-President and CEO of the ADIMSC.

 

The racing team runs under the auspices of the ADIMSC and board member and general manager Salem Al-Remeithi, while the XCAT team is managed by Talib Al-Sayed.

 

Race 1

 

Team Abu Dhabi 4 and 5 started the 17-lap race from fourth and ninth of the 12 entrants. The contest was fought out over a start lap, 14 race laps, two long laps and 55.43Nm with the race starting with three groups of four boats. Dubai Police held the lead from Team Abu Dhabi 4 after a strong initial challenge from the Blue Roo (Team Australia).

 

But Dubai Police managed to edge into a good lead from Team Abu Dhabi 4 and 222 Offshore. The gap was 3.54 seconds between the leading two boats on the next lap, as Team Abu Dhabi 5 held eighth of the 12 boats and the Blue Roo took the first of their long laps on the second tour.

 

Dubai Police stretched their lead over Team Abu Dhabi 4 to over nine seconds and 222 Offshore retained a distant third position from New Star. Yacht Club Como reportedly hit a buoy after running both their long laps in ninth position, as Swecat Racing began to slow with engine issues and came under pressure from Team Abu Dhabi 5, which snatched fifth on lap six.

 

Neither Dubai Police nor Team Abu Dhabi 4 had taken either of their long laps by lap seven, as Swecat Racing retired with engine problems on lap nine and Team Abu Dhabi 4 began their first long lap and Team Abu Dhabi 5 climbed into fourth place and began to feel pressure from the Blue Roo.

 

Dubai Police opted for a first long lap with a lead of 34 seconds, safe in the knowledge that they would maintain a slight advantage over Team Abu Dhabi 4, although Torrente and Al-Mansoori opted for their second long lap to avoid running in dirty water and slipped to third behind 222 Offshore. The Blue Roo began to run wide to avoid the wake from Team Abu Dhabi 5 as the race entered its closing stages and 222 Offshore took its second long lap.

 

Team Abu Dhabi 4 regained second position but was running 34 seconds behind Dubai Police after 12 of the 16 laps. There were no changes at the top of the leader board and Team Abu Dhabi 4 and 5 maintained second and fourth positions heading towards the chequered flag.

 

Dubai Police stayed clear of trouble to confirm the win and extend their lead in the UIM XCAT World Championship, as the Blue Roo survived a heart-stopping moment three laps from the end and finished ahead of Team Abu Dhabi 5 in fourth. New Star also survived a spectacular hook en route to the finish but slipped to 11th.

 

Pole Position

 

Team Abu Dhabi 4 and 222 Offshore staked early claims to pole position on Lake Maggiore followed by the Blue Roo – 1.674 seconds behind – Team Abu Dhabi 5, Kuwait, New Star, Venus Bali and Yacht Club Como. HPI 96 was the last of the boats to start their pre-qualifying session.

 

Team Abu Dhabi 4 then moved to the top of the standings with a run of 2min 27.255sec, as 222 Offshore trailed by less than a second and the Blue Roo held third place from Team Abu Dhabi 5 and Kuwait at the end of the first session where reaching the correct set-up was crucial. After a 15-minute break, the all-important final session would determine pole position, although 222 Offshore snatched the fastest time thus far by 2/100ths of a second in the last minute of the set-up stint. Dubai Police held third from the Blu Roo, Swecat Racing and Team Abu Dhabi 5, Kuwait, New Star and HPI.

 

The important 15-minute final stint fired into life and Yacht Club Como laid down the gauntlet with a 2min 32sec tour. Swecat Racing started well with a run of 2min 29.59sec only for Team Abu Dhabi 4 to snatch provisional pole with a time of 2min 29.54sec. Yacht Club Como then ran even faster to snatch the lead with a run of 2min 28.6sec and the Blue Roo slotted into second with a tour of 2min 28.9sec. The Italian’s lead was short lived, however, and Dubai Police stormed to the top with a fastest run of 2min 27.7sec and demoted Team Abu Dhabi 4 to fourth.

 

The Blue Roo (2min 27.370sec) then moved four-tenths of a second ahead of Dubai Police to snatch the lead with four minutes of the session remaining, only to see Dubai Police regain the advantage on the very next lap with a 2min 27.163sec. Yacht Club Como held third, Team Abu Dhabi 4 was fourth and Swecat Racing qualified in fifth. Team Abu Dhabi 5 qualified in ninth behind sixth-placed New Star, 222 Offshore qualified in seventh and the HPI Racing Team in eighth. Dubai Police confirmed pole position with an even quicker lap of 2min 26.962sec in the dying seconds. An oil pump failure and an engine change meant that Kuwait was not able to take part in the qualifying session.

 

Free Practice

 

Team Abu Dhabi 4 topped the times in Friday morning’s free practice session with Faleh Al-Mansoori and Shaun Torrente clocking a best lap of 2min 23.210sec during their 1-0-lap stint on the water. Series leaders Nadir bin Hendi and Arif Saif Al-Zafeen in Dubai Police were second with a time of 2min 24.631sec and Swecat Racing’s Mikael Bengtsson and Erik Stark were third. Only 10 of the 12 entries took to the water.

 

Dubai Police pipped Team Abu Dhabi 4 to the fastest time in the third practice session on Saturday morning, the Emirati crew clocking a best run of 2min 25.182sec. Torrente and Al-Mansoori recorded a best opening run of 2min 27.162sec during their three laps on the course, while Team Abu Dhabi 5 ran for six laps and were fifth.

 

The second of the weekend’s two races starts at 15.00hrs on Sunday afternoon.

 

2018 Stresa Grand Prix of Italy –race 1 result:

1. Dubai Police 3 - Arif Saif Al-Zafeen (UAE)/Nadir bin Hendi (UAE)                    44min 45.9sec

2. Team Abu Dhabi 4 – Shaun Torrente (USA)/Faleh Al-Mansoori (UAE)                                @3.75sec                          

3. 222 Offshore 10 - Giovanni Carpitella (ITA)/Darren Nicholson (AUS)                    @27.39sec

4. Team Australia 8 – Pål-Virik Nilsen (NOR)/Jan Trygve Braaten (NOR)                   @44.04sec

5. Team Abu Dhabi 5 – Rashed Al-Tayer (UAE)/Majed Al-Mansoori (UAE)                    @1min 08.52sec              

6. Yacht Club Como 20 – Serafino Barlesi (ITA)/Alessandro Barone (ITA)                 @1min 13.04sec

7. Ribot 22 – Alfredo Amato (ITA)/Daniele Martignoni (ITA)                                      @2min 21.76sec

8. Venus Bali 46 – Andrea Comello (ITA)/Domenico Calderola (ITA)                      1 lap behind

9. Kuwait 17 – Abdullatef Al-Omani (KUW)/Mustafa Al-Dashti (KUW)                   1 lap behind

10. HPI 96 – François Pinelli (FRA)/Rosario Schiano (ITA)                                                     1 lap behind                

11. New Star 9 – Mikhail Kitashev (RUS)/Dmitry Vandyshev (RUS)                     3 laps behind                

12. Swecat Racing 2 - Mikael Bengtsson (SWE)/Erik Stark (SWE)                                        10 laps behind - DNF    

 

2018 UIM XCAT World Championship – positions after race 3 (unofficial):

1. Dubai Police 3                                                              105pts                  

2. 222 Offshore 10                                                           66pts

3. Team Abu Dhabi 5                                                                 52pts                    

3. Team Abu Dhabi 4                                                                 52pts                    

3. Team Australia 8                                                          52pts

6. New Star 9                                                                     49pts                    

7. Fujairah/Venus Bali 46                                   37pts

8. Kuwait 17                                                                       36pts    

9. Videx/Ribot 22                                                           28pts

10. CRB Offshore/HPI 96                                           27pts                    

11. Swecat Racing 2                                                               26pts    

12. Yacht Club Como 20                                              15pts

13. Maritimo 12                                                                  0pts

 

2018 UIM XCAT World Pole Position Championship - after two rounds:

1. Dubai Police 3                                              70pts                    

2. The Blue Roo 8                                              60pts

3. Team Abu Dhabi 4                                                 37pts                    

4. 222 Offshore 10                                           34pts

5. Swecat Racing 2                                               28pts    

6. Maritimo 12                                                   26pts

6. Team Abu Dhabi 5                                                 26pts                    

6. Yacht Club Como 20                                              26pts

9. New Star 9                                                     23pts                    

10. Venus Bali 46                                           17pts

11. HPI 96                                                            15pts                    

12. Ribot 22                                                        10pts

13. Kuwait 17                                                     6pts      

 

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TEAM ABU DHABI AIMS TO CLOSE IN ON UIM WORLD ENDURANCE TITLE ON AUGUSTÓW’S NECKO LAKE

Thani and Rashed Al-Qemzi to be joined by Italy’s Tullio Abbate for two six-hour UIM World Endurance races

     

AUGUSTÓW (POLAND): Tuesday, July 3:  Team Abu Dhabi will need both Thani and Rashed Al-Qemzi and Italian driver Tullio Abbate to be on top form if they are to claim the UIM World Endurance Championship crown at the renowned Double 6 Hours of Augustów – the Necko Endurance race – in northern Poland this weekend (July 6-8).

 

The team running out of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) has entered the three-man team in a bid to follow on from the second position earned at the Rouen 24-Hour endurance race in May. A date clash with the UIM XCAT World Championship race in Italy means that neither Shaun Torrente nor Rashed Al-Tayer are available for the Polish race.

 

Team Abu Dhabi 6, crewed by Thani and Rashed Al-Qemzi, Al-Tayer and Torrente, overcame several niggling technical issues, a costly eight-lap penalty for turn buoy violations and a late scare over fuel levels to finish second overall in the prestigious Rouen endurance race on the River Seine. Team Nollet by New Star 20, crewed by the all-Russian team of Roman and Dmitry Vandyshev and Andrey Paniushkin, won the Rouen race and are the team to beat this weekend.

 

The Touax Pegase Racing Team rounded off the podium positions in a Moore hull in Rouen and Team Marine Inshore – Loutz (28) were fourth.

 

The race is being organised by the Augustowski Klub Sportowy Sparta and has run since 2005 on the nearby Necko Lake. There will be two six-hour races in the time schedule for three boat classes - S1, S2 and S3.

 

Team Abu Dhabi missed the Polish race in 2017, although two boats were entered in 2016, with Alex Carella, the Emirati duo of Thani Al-Qamzi and Majed Al-Mansoori and Abbate running in Team Abu Dhabi 35 and Rashed Al-Tayer, Mohammed Al-Mehairbi, Rashed Al-Qamzi and Faleh Al-Mansoori lining up in Team Abu Dhabi 36.

 

Al-Tayer, Al-Mehairbi, Rashed Al-Qamzi and Al-Mansoori claimed a memorable win in the first of the two races on that occasion and finished fifth in race two. Their team-mates had a non-finish and a third place in a race that was won by New Star 20. 

 

Etihad Airways is the official carrier for Team Abu Dhabi that is also supported by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and runs under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan, advisor to the Head of State and chairman of the board of directors of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club and under the guidance of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan, Vice-President and CEO of the ADIMSC. The racing team runs under the umbrella of the ADIMSC, board member and general manager Salem Al-Remeithi and team manager Guido Cappellini.

 

Augustów is a small city in the northeast of Poland on an important link road between Warsaw and neighbouring Lithuania. It is a popular resort town and was recognised as a health and spa resort in 1970, largely because of its close proximity to the race-hosting Necko Lake and the Biale and Rospuda lakes in the Podlaskie Province.

 

Documentation and scrutineering of the race boats takes place on Thursday and Friday, before the opening ceremony takes centre stage in the nearby amphitheatre from 19.00hrs on Friday evening. Official training will be permitted on the course for three hours, starting at 14.00hrs.

 

The first of the two six-hour races starts at 09.00hrs on Saturday morning (July 7th) and finishes at 15.00hrs.

 

Competitors will be permitted a second training session on the lake on Sunday morning between 09.00hrs and 10.00hrs and race two is scheduled to start at 11.00hrs, finishing at 17.00hrs.

 

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