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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 17 November 2018

Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club gears up for busy period of F1 H20 powerboat action

The Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club is gearing up for one of the busiest and most important months of offshore and F1 H2O racing action in its history.
The UIM XCAT World Series takes centre stage at the ADIMSC on November 17-18 2016. Courtesy Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club
The UIM XCAT World Series takes centre stage at the ADIMSC on November 17-18 2016. Courtesy Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club

The Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club is gearing up for one of the busiest and most important months of offshore and F1 H2O racing action in its history.

Starting in Abu Dhabi

The ADIMSC will host three Grand Prix race meetings in as many UIM-sanctioned racing championships within four weeks, starting with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the final round of the 2016 UIM XCAT World Series, on November 17-18.

UIM championship

There will be no respite after the action off the Abu Dhabi Breakwater and Corniche as the club will switch its focus to hosting the four-day UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship from November 22-25.

A third race

That will be followed by the UIM F1 H2O World Championship, with the ADIMSC hosting the penultimate round of the series on an in-shore course, near the Abu Dhabi Breakwater, on December 8-9.

Titles up for grabs

Team Abu Dhabi will be hoping to defend the Class 1 world title won last season and spring back into contention to win the UIM F1 H2O Drivers’ Championship for the fifth time and the first since 2006. A team driver is also in contention to win the UIM F4-S Championship for the first time on the two shorter support races that run during the December 8-9 race meeting.

‘Crucial period’

“This is a crucial period in the 2016 UIM racing calendar with two championships nearing their conclusion and the ADIMSC also hosting the UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship,” ADIMSC assistant general manager Salem Al Romaithi said “These are exciting times for everyone connected, and I am sure local enthusiasts and spectators will turn out in great numbers to support and enjoy the racing.”

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