Thursday, 5 November. ABU DHABI (UAE): Arif Al Zaffain and Nadir Bin Hendi will start race 1 of the Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi from pole position after a clinical performance in this morning’s qualifying session.
The Victory duo’s opening marker of 4:46.12 came under pressure in the closing stages of the 60 minute session, Team Abu Dhabi 6 getting close with 4:46.65 then T-Bone station with 4:46.54.
But the defending Pole Position Champions went out for a final run to make absolutely sure of the pole as the clock counted down with a blistering 4:43.93 second lap. “Yesterday we felt one engine was a bit lazy so we changed both. The important thing for us is to win both races. In Salerno we were in an old leased boat and here in Abu Dhabi in our own boat we want to show everyone Victory Team is still the best.”
But despite their [Victory] win, today’s second place after their win in Salerno was enough to give Luca Fendi and Giovanni Capitella in T-Bone Station the championship, ending Victory’s three year run. “We changed the set-up for one last run and pushed like crazy. Luca say don’t worry about the boat,” said Carpitella. “The lap was very good. Unfortunately we are not so quick inside, we only have one choice of propeller, but outside in the rough we are very fast.”
Victory’s new pairing, Darren Nicholson and Matteo Nicolini, racing together for the first time also broke the 4:50 barrier to go fourth quickest ahead of Energima Zabo Racing and Team Abu Dhabi 5 whose session was cut short with a broken exhaust.
In V1 Bernico New Star’s Dmitry Vandyshev and Nico Bertel’s will lead the line of four posting the fastest time of the session, 5:24.77, on their one and only flying lap. Aaron Ciantar and Dominque Martini went second quickest, with round 1 winner’s Karelpiu sealing the championship with third, ahead of Silverline.