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UIM F1H2o World championship

Since 1993, Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club has hosted a round of the UIM F1 H2O World Championship, the world’s most spectacular water sport series. The Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi is staged over a course run between the Breakwater and the Corniche, creating dramatic action for spectators against an impressive city skyline backdrop.

Likened to driving an F1 race car at full speed over a ploughed field, F1 powerboat racing has been around since 1981. In fact, today’s F1 powerboats accelerate faster than F1 cars, going from standstill to 160kph in only 4 seconds, often reaching 230kph during races.

Drivers compete at these speeds without the use of brakes or gears, making the UIM F1 H2O series highly competitive, fascinating, challenging, daring and entertaining – the ultimate extreme sport.

Races last approximately 45 minutes over a marked-out circuit, with the starting grid decided by qualifying sessions in which competitors go all out to earn pole position by setting the fastest time. Staged in cities around the globe, the UIM F1H2O World Championship is run on lakes, lagoons, rivers and creeks, bringing race excitement as close as possible to fans and creating a fantastic spectacle.

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F1 & F4 Team Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club is the driving force behind Team Abu Dhabi, one of the most powerful forces in world championship powerboat racing. Based at the club, the team competes in the UIM F1 H2O World Championship, the UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship and the UIM XCAT World Series.

Team Abu Dhabi enjoys the full support of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifah Al Nahyan, Advisor to the President of the UAE and the club’s chairman.

One of its main priorities is to provide opportunities for young Emiratis in the sport, and give them a chance to achieve success at the highest level and inspire other youngsters.

F4 Team Abu Dhabi

The team introduces young Emiratis into the series through the F-4S Trophy races, recruiting top professionals, including technical coordinators, mechanics and radiomen, to work closely with them and help them develop their skills.

In the 2015 season Rashed Al-Qemzi, Mohammed Al-Mehairbi and Rashed Al-Remeithi all competed for Team Abu Dhabi in the F-4S Trophy series which runs as part of the F1 Grand Prix programme.

The teams enjoy the support of Etihad Airways, the official carrier.

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