Malta’s Team Chaudron (see photo) whose win moved them 12 points clear in the overall standings and one step closer to the World title. Arif Al Zaffain and Nadir Bin Hendi moved to within one point of a 14th World title for Dubai’s Victory Team following an emphatic win in race 1 of the Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi.
Starting from pole after clinching the Pole Position Championship in the morning the Victory pairing stormed into the lead and go 12 seconds clear of New Star-Poliform at the end of lap 1, with Miles Jennings and Alfredo Amato in LFF8-Silverline in third. But their race ended two laps later when the escape hatch in the hull blew out. In an equally processional afternoon for the V1’s, Aaron Ciantar and Dominique Martini staked their claim on the Championship, cruising home untroubled and unchallenged in Chaudron with a lap to spare. “It was quite rough on the outside for the start but our boat is good in these conditions,” said Aaron Ciantar. “For most of the race we were able to keep up a good speed and take the turns at full throttle. Now we will try to win the title.”
After a late disqualification from third place in qualifying and forced to start from the back, Nico Bertels and Frank Hemelaer recovered well to finish second in Bernico-New Star, with Stefano Bonanno and Maurizio Schepici bringing Tommy One home in third.
Fourth place for Aquasport’s Daniel Camphorn and Nico Huybens keeps them in the hunt for the title, with Hercules Sagemanns’ Andreas Podolsky and Udo Gross finishing in fifth ahead of Ian Blacker and Drew Langdon who limped home in an ailing Silverline to take points in sixth.
Giuseppe and Antonio Schiano’s hopes of carrying their challenge for the title into the final day ended when Karelpiu failed to make the start of race 1 after damaging an engine after a spinout in qualifying.
Here you have the data of the pole position and race 1.