Dubai: UAE Boats Favourites for Powerboat Glory



– UAE Boats Favourites for Powerboat Glory –

Dubai (UAE): They may have wrapped up the Class 1 World Powerboat Championship in Abu Dhabi less than a fortnight ago but today’s (Tuesday) final race in the 2010 UIM X-Cat World Series Powerboat Championship will see Fazza’s Arif Al Zafeen and Nadir Bin Hendi start as outsiders for the title.

The Class 1 World Champions kept alive their hopes of a world title double by claiming maximum points in the second race in the three-round X Cat World Series in Abu Dhabi last month but trail in fourth place as the season comes to a head at the Dubai International Martine Club this afternoon.

Championship leaders Rashid Al Marri and Salem Al Hamli lead the series in Extreme Marine thanks to a first and a second place finish in the two races held so far. With their nearest challengers over 230 points adrift, the Extreme Marine crew will be hoping for a trouble-free run in the 11-lap 47.88Nm race and a high enough finish to ensure them the title no matter how well the chasing pack do.

“Although we managed to get ahead of Extreme Marine in the last race, we know we need results to go in our favour elsewhere if we are to win the X Cat World Series,” said Bin Hendi. “Rashid and Salem have already wrapped up the regional title and have the boat to go on and win the World Series too – but we can’t think too much about them. It’s up to us to try and win the race and see where we stand at the end of the day.”

Al Zafeen and Bin Hendi currently lie 300 points behind the championship leaders with just 400 points available for a race win.

Yesterday’s (Monday) practice and Pole Position runs saw the Qatar Team duo of Mohammed Al Nasr and Hamad Jassim Mohammed take the honours ahead of title favourites Al Marri and Al Hamli with Al Zafeen and Bin Hendi third quickest narrowly ahead of team mates Talib Al Sayed and Abdullah Al Mehairbi’s Fazza 33.

Despite the Qataris holding pole, all eyes will be on the battle between Extreme Marine and Fazza 3 following their hard-fought head-to-head in the UAE capital last month.

The Fazza victory prevented a fourth straight X Cat win for Extreme Marine and the champions elect will want to wrap up the title in still while seeing off their more illustrious neighbours in a series which sees crews from around the world battle it out in similar catamarans with twin outboard motors.

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Galleria foto Dubai e offshore in alta risoluzione – High res pictures of Dubai and Class 1 offshore powerboat

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Dubai Offshore Powerboat Teams in Stresa – Pictures gallery

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Nader Bin Hendi and Arif Al Zafeen from Dubai crowned Class 1 European Powerboat offshore championship on Fazza 3

STRESA (Italy): Norway’s Jorn Tandberg and Kolbjorn Selmer clinched their first win of the 2010 UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship on Saturday, dominating the opening race at the Italian Grand Prix in Stresa.

Defending World Champions Nader Bin Hendi and Arif Al Zafeen of the UAE are the new Class 1 European Powerboat Champions after a flawless wire-to-wire victory at the Italian Grand Prix in Stresa – Race 2.

The Emiratis went into the 64.82Nm race with a narrow one point lead over their nearest title challengers but left them trailing in their wake by storming from pole position to the chequered flag at an average speed of 188.90kmph in what were grim racing conditions.

Battling low visibility and fog on the course, Bin Hendi and Al Zafeen won in a time of 39m:31.29s and fifteen seconds ahead of a titanic fight for second place ultimately won by Italian racing legend Guido Cappellini and Swiss co-pilot Marcello Menegatto just two seconds ahead of the Skydive Dubai pairing of Talib Al Sayed and Abdullah Al Mehairbi.

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Dubai Offshore Powerboat Team – Fazza lights up Italian gloom with stunning run in Stresa

STRESA (Italy): The future of the sport may be the hot topic off the water but on Italy’s Lake Maggiore it was business as usual for world champions Nader Bin Hendi and Arif Al Zafeen yesterday (Friday) as they set their sights on the 2010 Class 1 European Powerboat Championship.

Piloting the Dubai cat Fazza – powered by twin V12 Victory engines – Bin Hendi and Al Zafeen lit up a gloomy day on Italy’s second largest lake by setting the fastest time in practice on the eve of race one at the Italian Grand Prix in Stresa.

The UAE stars quickly established the best time of the day but with their rivals starting to close in on Fazza’s fastest lap Bin Hendi and Al Zafeen took to the course for two flawless final laps in the last fifteen minutes of the session to better their previous best by almost two seconds and strike the first psychological blow of the weekend.

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Three-way battle for European Class 1 Offshore Powerboat Crown in Stresa: Sky Dive Dubai and Fazza 3 are still fighting

STRESA (Italy): The Class 1 European Powerboat Championship will be on the line for three teams when the Italian Grand Prix is staged on the waters of Lake Maggiore in Stresa tomorrow and Sunday (October 2-3).

Italian Giovanni Carpitella leads the European standings and will aiming to land the first Class 1 title for Italy in five years when he pairs up with new partner Chris Parsonage of the UK.

Twelve points behind Carpitella, world champions Nader Bin Hendi and Arif Al Zafeen in Fazza will be desperate to leapfrog the Italian after the disappointment of the previous race in Sweden.

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Waiting for Dubai Victory team in Stresa for Italian GP Class 1 – Aspettando il Victory Team a Stresa per il campionato mondiale Classe 1

Manca poco alla partenza del GP di Stresa, tappa italiana del Campionato Mondiale di Ofsshore UIM Class 1. In attesa alcuni filmati relativi alla gara del 2009.

Few time to the start of Italian GP in Stresa, part of UIM World Powerboat Championship Class 1. In the meanwhile, some videos from 2009.

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Dubai Victory team lands in Stresa for Italian GP Class 1 – A Stresa arrivano gli offshore per il campionato mondiale Classe 1

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Mancano pochi giorni oramai al GP di Stresa, tappa italiana del Campionato Mondiale di Offshore Classe 1. Dopo il grande successo ottenuto nella scorsa edizione, infatti, Stresa – la “perla del lago Maggiore” – luogo che ha ospitato la prima gara mondiale di motonautica nel lontano 1954, si è aggiudicata la candidatura ed ospiterà il Gran Premio d’Italia del Campionato Mondiale UIM Offshore Classe 1 anche per il triennio 2010-12.
Diverse sono le categorie di imbarcazioni she sfrecceranno sullo sfondo del magnifico Lago Maggiore


Few days and the Italian GP of UIM World Powerboat Championship Class 1, will take place. After the great success reached in last edition, Stresa, “the pearl of Lake Maggiore” – place which hosted the first powerboat race in far 1954, has obtained the candidacy and it will host the Italian Grand Prix since 2010 to 2012. Besides CLASS 1 other categories will battle on the water of Lake Maggiore.

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Waiting for Dubai Victory team in Stresa for Italian GP Class 1 – Tribute to Jeam Marc and Mohammed


L’11 dicembre 2009 un tragico incidente ha sconvolto il mondo degli offshore Classe 1. Il ribaltamento dello scafo Victory 1 durante le prime fasi della gara che si stava disputando al Dubai International Marine Club, ha portato alla morte dei due piloti

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Jean Marc e Mohammed proprio a Stresa erano diventati campioni del mondo del Campionato Europeo: li ricordiamo con questo filmato


On December 11st 2009, during Grand Prix in Dubai a tragic accident killed

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Jean Marc e Mohammed just in Stresa became European Champions; we remember them with this short clip.

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Team Giorgi Offshore in Dubai (2008) – Pictures Gallery

With more than a decade of experience in Class 1, dedication, commitment and charisma are the terms that best describe GiorgiOffshore.

2008/9 were landmark years for the team; running a Michael Peters-designed, Victory-built hull, powered by V12 power-plants, the team took their first Grand Prix podiums, finishing third in the Mina Seyahi Grand Prix in 08 and a second podium, finishing third in qualifying, in Abu Dhabi in 09.

For throttleman Nicola Giorgi, son of charismatic team owner, Gianni, 2010 will be his 10th consecutive World Championship season, with Nicola one of only a few pilots to have participated in more than 70 Grands Prix.

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