Team Abu Dhabi wrapped up its first major powerboat racing title of the season today as Emiratis Rashed Al Qemzi and Rashed Al Tayer joined Italian Tullio Abbate and American Shaun Torrente to clinch the World Endurance Championships in Augustów, Poland.
Team Abu Dhabi 35 finished first and sixth in back-to-back six-hour races in Poland this weekend to claim the World Endurance Championships. Photos courtesy Abu Dhabu International Marine Sports Club
In the second of two back-to-back six-hour races in Poland, the teammates in the Abu Dhabi 35 boat (right, click to enlarge) finished in sixth today after finishing first on Saturday. The Sunday win went to their teammates—the all-Emirati crew of Majed Al Mansoori, Mohamed Al Mehairbi, Rashed Al Remeithi and Faleh Al Mansoori in Abu Dhabi 36—who recorded a commanding victory in the race.
The sixth-place finish was enough to ensure the Abu Dhabi 35 team the world endurance crown following its win 24 hours earlier and success two months ago in the 24 Hours of Rouen in France. The team looked to complete the series with a 100-percent winning record after leading comfortably for more than four hours on Sunday before being briefly forced out of the race to make technical modifications.
Having shadowed its teammates in second place virtually from the start, Abu Dhabi 36 took a commanding lead and ultimately cruised to victory by 19 laps from the Navikart Soliodaires French crew of Sebastien Lemoine, Olivier Betin and Stephane Lemoine. Russians Konstantin Ustinov and Dimitry Vandyshev and Lithuania’s Edgaras Riabko in Nollet 2 were third another five laps behind.
The all-Emirati crew of Majed Al Mansoori, Mohamed Al Mehairbi, Rashed Al Remeithi and Faleh Al Mansoori cruised to victory in Abu Dhabi 36 on Sunday.
While it’s still early in the season, the result in Poland underlines the prospect of four world powerboat racing titles ending up at Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club. Ten-times former F1 H2O world champion Guido Cappellini, who recently signed a new long-term contract to guide the fortunes of Team Abu Dhabi until 2025, certainly believes the quadruple is possible.
He has already seen reigning world champion Torrente set the pace in the F1H2O series while Rashed Al Qemzi has taken an immediate lead in the UIM F2 championship. From Poland, Cappellini is now focused on the XCAT World Championship in which Torrente and Faleh Al Mansoori begin their title defense in Stresa, Italy, next weekend.
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