Team Abu Dhabi's Al-Tayer and Al-Mansoori begin 2013 Powerboat Class 1 Racing campaign in China

Team Abu Dhabi's Al-Tayer and Al-Mansoori begin 2013 Powerboat Class 1 Racing campaign in China

25.03.2013: 2013 UIM CLASS ONE WORLD POWERBOAT CHAMPIONSHIP Sanya Grand Prix, March 28-30, 2013

2013 UIM CLASS ONE WORLD POWERBOAT CHAMPIONSHIP
Sanya Grand Prix, March 28-30, 2013



ADIMSC-based team face strong competition in season opener in Sanya

  

Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al-Tayer and throttleman Majed Al-Mansoori begin their challenge for honours in the Sanya Grand Prix, round one of the 2013 UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship, on Sanya Bay in China this weekend.


The opening race of a provisional seven-race calendar visits the southern Chinese city for the first time and runs in conjunction with a round of the UIM Aquabike series. Sanya is China’s second southernmost city and one of three in the Hainan Province. It is a popular tourist destination and lies on the southern tip of Hainan Island in Sanya Bay.


Al-Tayer and Al-Mansoori finished second overall behind Victory 3’s Arif Saif Al-Zafeen and Mohammed Al-Marri in the World, Pole Position and Middle East Championships in 2012 and third in the European Championship. The goal this season for the Emirati duo is to go one better and attempt to beat the defending World Champions at the first race in China. “It’s a new venue, a new course, a new season and a new challenge,” said Al-Tayer.


Following the withdrawal of the Spirit of Qatar Team to concentrate on an American racing programme, both Team Abu Dhabi and the Dubai-based Victory Team face challenges from several other new rivals at the opening round in China, although the actual starting line-up in Sanya will not be finalised until after administration and scrutineering on Wednesday.


Australians, Darren Nicholson and Ross Willaton, are sure to be competitive in Victory Team of Australia 7 and Luca Formilli-Fendi and Giovanni Carpitella raced well last season in Luca Fendi Racing 10. Add in the new Norwegian pairing of F1 H2O female racer Marit Stromoy and the experienced Pal-Virik Nilsen - and other entrants from Italy, Great Britain, Turkey and Norway - and the stage is set for a fascinating weekend’s racing in China.


Team Abu Dhabi runs under the auspices of the ADIMSC and the support of Etihad Airways as the team’s official carrier for Formula One H2O and Class 1 racing. Salem Al-Romaithi acts as the head of operations with the team running under the chairmanship of His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan.


Racing will take place on a new 5.66Nm long lap course on Sanya Bay, although the compulsory shorter race laps will run for just 4.98Nm.


The weekend’s Class 1 action takes place in conjunction with the UIM Aquabike racing and the Class 1 side of the timetable begins with administration and technical scrutineering on Wednesday. Official practice gets underway at 11am (07.00hrs UAE time) local time on Thursday and is followed by the Edox Pole Position qualifying sessions at 2.30pm (10.30hrs UAE time).


Crews will be permitted a second official two-hour practice session on Friday morning before the first of the two Sanya Grand Prix races takes centre stage at 3.30pm (11.30hrs UAE time). Official practice is repeated on Saturday morning and the second race of the Sanya Grand Prix starts at the same time – 3.30pm.



2013 UIM Class One World Powerboat Championship – provisional entrants


Arif Saif Al-Zafeen (UAE)/Mohammed Al-Marri (UAE)         Victory 3       

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

Darren Nicholson (AUS)/Ross Willaton (AUS)             Victory Team of Australia 7   

Alfredo Amato (ITA)/Miles Jennings (GBR)             Luca Fendi Racing 8

Luca Formilli-Fendi (ITA)/Giovanni Carpitella (ITA)         Luca Fendi Racing 10   

Gian Maria Gabbiani (ITA)/Luca Nicolini (ITA)         D’Alessio-Scam 23 

Tomaso Polli (ITA)/Giampaolo Montavoci (ITA)         Spirit of Gabon/Poliform 74

TBA/TBA                         Visun-Sanya 85       

Marit Stromoy (NOR)/Pal-Virik Nilsen (NOR)             Norway 86       

TBA/TBA                         Welmax Offshore 90

Ugur Isik (TUR)/Christian Zaborowski (NOR)             Zabo-Isiklar 91    




Khalid Al Saadi-  also photo

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