|Delma Marine Sweeps to Victory Win|
|Monday, 12 January 2009 00:00|
Delma Marine Sweeps to Victory Win opening round of the new X-Cat Powerboat Series
Delma Marine swept to victory in the opening round of the brand-new 2009 X-Cat Series Powerboat Championship held at the Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC) today.
Driven by Rashid Khalifah Al Marri and throttled by Salem Fadhel Al Hamli, the Delma Marine boat ran a calculated race hanging among the top five from the start to ultimately finish ahead of Qatar 94 and PRO Marine.
Khalfan Hareb, Managing Director of the Dubai-based Victory Team and Saeed Hareb, the Managing Director of DIMC and CEO of Mina Seyahi Dubai, presented the trophies to the top three winners after the race.
“We have seen the tremendous success of this class of powerboat racing. Till last year there were just 10 boats and now we have 22 boats with many more wanting to join later during the series,” remarked Saeed Hareb.
“Our aim is to see this class of racing grow, and it will grow,” he confided.
Starting from Pole Position, Delma Marine eased down on their speed allowing Qatar 94 and Abu Dhabi Racing Team 1 to overtake, while the Victory Team boat ‘Fazza’ with Arif Al Zafeen and Nader Bin Hendi stuck around in close fourth.
“Our first priority was to run a safe race and that was the reason why we chose to stay behind for a while after the start,” Al Marri explained.
The new X-Cat World Powerboat Series has a total prize fund of Dhs 1.6 million and is organized by the UAE Marine Sports Federation with sponsorship and cooperation from DIMC and the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) under the aegis of the World Professional Powerboat Association (WPPA). The second round of this six-round series will be held at the ADIMSC on January 23.