Tuesday, 20 October: Team Abu Dhabi will line up for their home Grand Prix on 4-6 November, the final event of the year, leading the championship standings as they bid to win their first C1 world title.
The team made the perfect start to their 2015 UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship title challenge finishing first and second in the first of two races held in conjunction with the seventh leg of the Venice-Monte Carlo in Salerno, Italy in June.
Gary Ballough and John Tomlinson completed the win double with teammates Majed Al Mansoori and Rashed Al Tayer taking second and fourth, and sit in second spot tied with T-Bone Station duo, Miles Jennings and Giovanni Carpitella.
If the line-ups remain the same Ballough and Tomlinson need to finish second in both races to clinch the title and end Victory Team’s eight year run as champions, Bjorn Rune Gjelsten and Steve Curtis the last to hold the crown.
Victory’s Arif Al Zaffain and Nadir bin Hendi sit in fourth place 18 points off the leaders, with Energima Zabo Racing in fifth.
Expected to line up alongside the catamarans and run the same course around Lulu Island subject to weather are Silverline, RG87, Bernico and defending V1 World Champions Chaudron.
The event marks the end of H2O Racing’s tenure as promoter with news of the next in line expected to be revealed officially at the UIM General Assembly next week.