VICTORY 3 OVERCOMES WINDY CONDITIONS TO SNATCH POLE FROM TEAM ABU DHABI 6

VICTORY 3 OVERCOMES WINDY CONDITIONS TO SNATCH POLE FROM TEAM ABU DHABI 6

Pole Position news – Race 3

Sensational Carella and Faleh Al-Mansoori impress in XCAT category

 John Tomlinson and Gary Ballough needed to put Team Abu Dhabi 6 on pole position to give themselves a better chance of holding off Victory 3’s Arif Saif Al-Zafeen and Nadir Bin Hendi and trying to claim the win in the last race of the UIM Class 1 World Championship on Friday afternoon. 

 There was quite a strong wind blowing across the Breakwater at the start of the session, however, and no one expected lap times to be on a par with the previous three days. 

 XCATs 55 and 33 were the first on to the choppy course and Alex Carella and Faleh Al-Mansoori carded the target lap of 3min 05.980sec that was soon surpassed by Victory 33’s time of 3min 04.637sec. 

 Ballough and Tomlinson ran one lap and recorded a time of 2min 51.415sec – some seven seconds slower than the previous day – as Al-Zafeen and Bin Hendi watched their Class 1 rivals carefully from the confines of the pontoon. 

 Zabo 91 ran a pair of consistent laps of 3min 01.923sec and 3min 02.993sec as the session reached its mid-point with the wind abating somewhat. Then, Team Abu Dhabi 55 posted a stunning run of 3min 03.811sec to move in front of Victory 33’s Salem Al-Adidi and Eisa Al-Ali. 

 “We are speaking a lot now and we have found a great rhythm together,” said Carella, about his new partnership with Faleh Al-Mansoori, before the duo went on to set an even faster lap of 3min 02.794sec.  “The boat (55) is very fast and nicely balanced. Now the times are really good. There is some wind, but it’s okay.”

 Victory 3 took to the water for the first time with 31 minutes remaining and produced a slam-dunk lap of 2min 45.660sec to storm into provisional pole position. 

 With only four minutes to run, both 3 and 6 went back on to the course and crossed the start line of their last qualifying lap with just 51 and 14 seconds remaining of the session, respectively.

 It was to no avail, however, as Ballough and Tomlinson could only improve slightly with a 2min 50.472sec lap and Victory 3 reached the flying finish in 2min 50.006sec with Victory 33 stranded out on a remote part of the course with mechanical issues. Raheeb 17 qualified third in the XCAT contest for the Abu Dhabi Cup.

 Oil cooler issues had ruined Aquasport 99’s run in race two on Thursday and the team sourced spare parts from Zabo Racing, before sitting out the session.

 Team Abu Dhabi 5’s Rashed Al-Tayer and Majed Al-Mansoori also sat out pole qualifying. “There were still a couple of little gremlins that we needed to sort out,” said Team Abu Dhabi’s Class 1 manager Randy Scism. “The target is the race this afternoon.”

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

C1

1. Victory 3 – Arif Saif Al-Zafeen (UAE)/Nadir Bin Hendi (UAE)                    2min 45.660sec

2. Team Abu Dhabi 6 – John Tomlinson (USA)/Gary Ballough (USA)                2min 50.472sec

3. Zabo 91 – Giovanni Carpitella (ITA)/Ian Blacker (GBR)                                    3min 01.923sec

Aquasport 99 – Nick Huybens (BEL)/Daniel Cramphorn (GBR)                    DNS

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

XCATs

1. Team Abu Dhabi 55 – Alex Carella (UAE)/Faleh Al-Mansoori (UAE)                3min 02.794sec

2. Victory 33 – Salem Al-Adidi (UAE)/Eisa Al-Ali (UAE)                                              3min 04.637sec

3. Raheeb 17 – Abdullatif Al-Omani (KWT)/Ahmed Al-Suwaidi (UAE)    3min 13.521sec