Victory completed a 1-2 in Dubia, with SeveneleveN in third. the 1-2 means Victory 1 has clinched the title.
World Of Powerboats:
Although celebrations are in order for Qatar after the success of Jay Price in yesterday's World F1 Championship, sadly Qatar's paymaster Sheikh Hassan failed to add to that success after his Qatar 96 with Britain's Steve Curtis on the throttles retired on lap 14 after holding a commanding lead. The Dubai based dominant Victory Team collected the 2008 World title with their Victory 1 boat and it looks like Victory 7 will secure the silver medal after finishing runner-up today.
1. Victory 1 - M Al Marri (UAE) / N Bin Hendi (UAE) – 01.00.47,64
2. Victory 7 - A Al Mehairbi (UAE) / JM Sanchez (FRA) + 01.01,40
3. SeveneleveN 18 - G Manuzzi (ITA) / N Giorgi (ITA) + 02.30,73
4. Qatar 95 - A Al-Sulaiti (QAT) / M Nicolini (ITA) + 1 lap
5. Maritimo 11 - T Barry-Cotter (AUS) / PV Nilsen (NOR) + 4 laps
6. Foresti & Suardi 8 - K Selmer (NOR) / G Montavoci (ITA) + 5 laps
Qatar 96 - H Al-Thani (QAT) / S Curtis (GB) – dnf
Roscioli Hotels Roma 60 - M A Ahmed (ESP) / A Al Suwaidi (UAE) – dnf
Spirit of Spain 88 - S Carrasco (ESP) / G Carpitella (ITA) – dnf
Jotun 90 - IB Aarbakke (NOR) / J Tandberg (NOR) – dns
Negotiator 50 - C Parsonage (GB) / W Moore (US) – dns
But all is not well in Dubai
World Of Powerboats:
Dubai-5th December. In an announcement that shocked offshore powerboat racing, Saeed Hareb first tendered his resignation as Chairman of the WPPA and then announced that Dubai would no longer be hosting any event sanctioned by the UIM. Hareb gave no reasons for this dramatic decision suffice to say, there is little love lost between WPPA, himself and the UIM.
With Dubai's Victory team on the brink of winning the UIM World Class 1 title it will be interesting to see if they continue in the UIM World Class 1 Series after being staunch supporters of Class 1 for almost two decades. The withdrawal of UIM events in Dubai with hurt the teams preparing for the 2009 lucrative Class 3 championships.