TEAM ABU DHABI AIM TO BOOST XCAT WORLD TITLE HOPES IN DUBAI

TEAM ABU DHABI AIM TO BOOST XCAT WORLD TITLE HOPES IN DUBAI

Al-Tayer, Al-Mansoori won’t give up battle to deliver second world crown to Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club

Abu Dhabi, 18 November, 2015:  After waiting five years for their first world title, Team Abu Dhabi believe they have a fighting chance of making it two within a month helped by a big performance in the penultimate round of the 2015 UIM XCAT World Series in Dubai this weekend.

 Rashid Al-Tayer and Faleh Al-Mansoori know they will have to be at their best, and get some outside assistance, if they are to wipe out the 23-point championship lead held by XDubai’s Arif Saif Al-Zafeen and Nadir bin Hendi with two rounds remaining.

 But Al-Tayer refuses to concede defeat in the title race, which moves quickly on from Dubai this weekend to its conclusion a week later in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix taking place at Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC).

 He has first set his sights on maximum bonus points in Friday’s Speed Cat Run, the drag race style event now a big part of any XCAT World Series weekend, and wants to follow up with victory in the Dubai Grand Prix 24 hours later.

 “We have put a lot of effort into getting our set-up right for the drag race because we want those bonus points,” he said. “Then we will be going all out to win on Saturday.  

 “XDubai will be tough to beat on their home waters, but that’s what we’re hoping to do. There are some other very good teams, and if we can get out in front and some of them get between us and XDubai that could make a big difference in the points.”

 Two weeks ago, Al-Tayer and Majid Al-Mansoori went into the final round of the UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship at ADIMSC still holding a chance of taking the world crown.

 In the end they had to settle for fourth place overall after encountering mechanical problems, but were elated when John Tomlinson and Gary Ballough took the other Team Abu Dhabi boat to the world title.

 “It was very important for the team to win our first world championship and it has made us hungry for more,” said Al Tayer. “It will be difficult for us in Dubai this weekend because it’s a short course and there are a lot of good teams to beat, but we will give it everything.”

 Among their other main rivals will be the vastly experienced Italian duo of Matteo Nicolini and Tomaso Polli who are just five points adrift in third position in the championship.

 Team Abu Dhabi is supported by Etihad Airways as official carrier and sponsor, and runs under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan, advisor to the Head of State and chairman of the board of directors of ADIMSC.

 The team have entered a second XCAT for Majed Al Mansoori and Rashed Al-Qemzi who join the other crews going into the water off Dubai International Marine Club at Mina Seyahi for official practice between 3.00-4.30pm tomorrow (Thursday).

 The Pole Positon race gets underway at 11am on Friday, followed by the afternoon Speed Cat Run from 3.30-4.00pm, with the Dubai Grand Prix starting at 2.00pm on Saturday following official practice between 10.00-11.0am.

  1. Rashid Al-Tayer and Faleh Al-Mansoori
  1. Majed Al Mansoori and Rashed Al-Qemzi
  1. Al-Tayer and Al-Mansoori believe they still have a chance to secure another world title for Team Abu Dhabi

2015 UIM XCAT WORLD SERIES – STANDINGS AFTER 4 ROUNDS

1. XDubai                                           131 pts

2. Team Abu Dhabi                             108 pts

3. Six/Hoorsenbuhs                             103 pts

4. Swecat Racing                                69 pts

5. Dubai                                              64 pts

6. Yachts                                             57 pts

7. Marine Investimenti Sud                53 pts

8. Lady Spain                                      52 pts

9. T-Bone Station                                48 pts

10. Team Saracen Australia                44 pts

11. Videx                                            39 pts

12. Gold Coast Australia                    31 pts

13. Mouawad 50                                 24 pts

14. Global Marine                               24 pts

15. Raheeb                                          23 pts