VICTORY 3 PIPS TEAM ABU DHABI 6 TO FASTEST SPEED OF 142MPH IN CLASS 1’S KILO RUN

VICTORY 3 PIPS TEAM ABU DHABI 6 TO FASTEST SPEED OF 142MPH IN CLASS 1’S KILO RUN

Team Abu Dhabi 5 somersaults out of practice session; fastest lap for Team Abu Dhabi 6

                  Three-time UIM F1 H2O World Champion Alex Carella joins Faleh Al-Mansoori in Team Abu Dhabi’s XCAT

                                                                                                                                                

ABU DHABI (UAE): Wednesday, November 23:  The exciting concept of a Kilo Run gave teams a break from competing in three races for the UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship title at the Abu Dhabi Breakwater on Wednesday afternoon and followed an action-packed morning’s practice session.

 A spectacular crash for Team Abu Dhabi 5’s Rashed Al-Tayer and Majed Al-Mansoori dampened local spirits, despite the fastest time of that session falling to Team Abu Dhabi 6’s John Tomlinson and Gary Ballough. The stint also marked the first official XCAT appearance of triple UIM F1 H20 World Champion, Alex Carella, in Team Abu Dhabi 55.

 With races two and three in the UIM Class 1 World Championship scheduled for Thursday and Friday, officials at the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) included the Kilo Run in the timetable. Boats ran in reverse order from how they finished pole position qualifying on Tuesday and their maximum speed was measured by radar between a designated buoy and a gate. Each boat was permitted three runs to determine their highest speed. 

 Victory 3’s Arif Saif Al-Zafeen and Nadir Bin Hendi left it until their third run to confirm victory. They ran an opener of 137mph to cancel out Team Abu Dhabi 6’s first run of 134mph, but John Tomlinson and Gary Ballough hit back with a 139mph second run with the pair of Mercury QC4 turbocharged V8’s rev limiters set at 6,350rpm.

 Victory 3’s second attempt was deemed null and void after the Dubai crew passed the wrong side of the flying finish gate. Team Abu Dhabi 6 couldn’t better their 139mph attempt with a final run of 137mph, however, and that opened the door for Victory to snatch the win with a flying final sprint of 142mph, the Victory V12s screaming their way down the straight. 

 Nico Huybens and Daniel Cramphorn had been the first on the water in Aquasport 99 and laid down the gauntlet with a speed of 132mph on their first run. They clocked 130 on run two and then an engine issue meant that they missed run three and needed to be towed back to the pontoon.

 Italian Giovanni Carpitella and England’s Ian Blacker suffered an engine issue from the start in Relekta 91 and clocked runs of 123mph and 122mph before aborting their final run to return to the pits in fourth place.

 Team Abu Dhabi 5’s spectacular spin that forced the boat to overturn at the top end of the course by the Marina Mall approach road in the morning meant the Emirati duo missed the Kilo Run, while team personnel set to work to ready their American-built MTI for Thursday’s action.

 Team Abu Dhabi’s team manager Randy Scism was realistic after the crash. “If it was just a case of drying everything out that would be perfect, but salt water, electrics and engines don’t go together. It will be a re-rig, two new motors and, hopefully, by tomorrow!”

 Team Abu Dhabi is sponsored by Etihad Airways and runs under the patronage of His Highness Dr. Sheikh 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 (ADIMSC).

 Official practice

 Earlier in the day, teams were permitted to practice on the course for over an one hour and were joined by the three XCATs of Raheeb 17’s Abdullatif Al-Omani and Ahmed Al-Suwaidi, Dubai 33’s Salem Al-Adidi and Eisa Al-Ali and Faleh Al-Mansoori and triple UIM F1 H2O World Champion Alex Carella in Team Abu Dhabi 5 – the Italian making his first appearance in an XCAT, although he had run five laps in testing earlier in the week with his team-mate.

 Team Abu Dhabi 5 and 6 were the first two boats on the water in a slight breeze and they carded laps of 2min 48.187sec and 2min 44.322sec, respectively. Relekta ran a 3min 01.46sec opener, but the session was red flagged soon afterwards when Al-Tayer and Al-Mansoori carried a little too much speed into the top turn by the Marina Mall approach road and spectacularly spun and flipped their MTi.

 “We had a little too much speed, spun the boat and we got some lift,” said Al-Tayer. “Thankfully we managed to get out very fast and are both perfectly okay.”

 With Victory 3 sitting out the session, Tomlinson and Ballough claimed the fastest lap of 2min 44.322sec, with Al-Tayer and Al-Mansoori in second and Relekta running a best tour of 2min 58.557sec to secure third. Aquasport managed to put in one lap of 3min 30.088sec in the closing seconds of the session.

 Dubai 33 laid down the gauntlet with an impressive opener of 3min 03.208sec in the XCAT category, but Carella and Al-Mansoori were impressive together and shaved chunks off their opening time in a six-lap session that finished with a best lap of 3min 06.895sec.

 Carella said: “It was great, the first time in the water with the XCAT. We only had five laps together before today. We found a good feeling together. It is good for me for Formula One also, because I have to drive the boat really softly and this is like my style in Formula One. I think we are in a good place, but we see tomorrow.”

 Admission is free for spectators on Thursday and Friday and a food court and entertainment are in situ throughout race days, adjacent to the pit area, on the Abu Dhabi Breakwater. Class 1 race two action gets underway at 3.30pm on Thursday afternoon, although teams will carry out pole position qualifying at 10.30am.

 2016 UIM Class 1 World Championship – Kilo Run result (Wednesday):

1. Victory 3 – Arif Saif Al-Zafeen (UAE)/Nadir Bin Hendi (UAE)                                    142mph

2. Team Abu Dhabi 6 – John Tomlinson (USA)/Gary Ballough (USA)                 139mph

3. Aquasport 99 – Nick Huybens (BEL)/Daniel Cramphorn (GBR)                                    132mph

4. Zabo Racing-Relekta 91 – Giovanni Carpitella (ITA)/Ian Blacker (GBR)                    123mph

Team Abu Dhabi 5 – Rashed Al-Tayer (UAE)/Majed Al-Mansoori (UAE)                    DNS

2016 UIM Class 1 World Championship – Official practice times (Wednesday):

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1. Team Abu Dhabi 6 – John Tomlinson (USA)/Gary Ballough (USA)                 2min 44.322sec

2. Team Abu Dhabi 5 – Rashed Al-Tayer (UAE)/Majed Al-Mansoori (UAE)                    2min 48.187sec

3. Zabo Racing-Relekta 91 – Giovanni Carpitella (ITA)/Ian Blacker (GBR)                    2min 58.557sec

4. Aquasport 99 – Nick Huybens (BEL)/Daniel Cramphorn (GBR)                                    3min 30.088sec

Victory 3 – Arif Saif Al-Zafeen (UAE)/Nadir Bin Hendi (UAE)                                    DNS

XCATs

1. Dubai 33 – Salem Al-Adidi (UAE)/Eisa Al-Ali (UAE)                                                              3min 03.205sec

2. Team Abu Dhabi 55 – Alex Carella (UAE)/Faleh Al-Mansoori (UAE)                                3min 06.895sec

3. Raheeb 17 – Abdullatif Al-Omani (KWT)/Ahmed Al-Suwaidi (UAE)                    3min 25.899sec

Timetable of events

Thursday, November 24

10.30-11.30            Pole Position Race 2

15.30-16.30            UIM World Championship Race 2

17.00               Prize giving on podium

Friday, November 25

10.30-11.30            Pole Position Race 3

15.30-16.30            UIM World Championship Race 3

17.00               Prize giving on podium for pole, Race 3 and overall