Wednesday, 11 November: His six-year run as UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Champion may have just ended but victory in race 2 in Abu Dhabi moves Arif Al Zaffain past Steve Curtis to the top of the standings for most wins.
The Victory driver is now one the two most successful racers in the sport’s history, certainly since the championship reverted back to the multiple event format in 1992, with 43 wins from 64 starts at 39 Grand Prix, Curtis winning 42 times.
Since his debut season in 2007 Al Zaffain has gone on to rack up an impressive CV; of his 43 wins he won four times with the late Jean-Marc Sanchez, took 14 with Mohammed Al Marri and 25 alongside Nadir Bin Hendi.
His staggering strike rate, 43 from 64 starts, has earned him seven world championships; his first with Sanchez in 2007, with Al Marri in 2012 and 2013 and with Bin Hendi in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2014.
In addition to his World Championship’s Al Zaffain has started from pole 20 times winning the Pole Position Championship four times, the European Championship three times and the Middle East title four times.
In the all-time list of World Championship winners to lift the coveted Sam Griffith Trophy, Curtis remains at the top with eight titles, winning in 1985 and 1987, in 1998 and from 2002 to 2006, the Briton also winning four European and Middle East titles, starting from pole 49 times to win the Pole Position Championship eight times.
1. A Al Zaffain 43 / 2. S Curtis 42 / 3. BR Gjelsten 34 / 4. N Bin Hendi 30 / 5. A Al Marri 27 / 6= S Al Tayer 18 / 6= A Nasser 18 / 8. K Harib 16 / 9. F Serralles 13 / 10= R Scism 10 / 10= JM Sanchez 10