In V1 the day and the Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi belonged to Italian outfit Karelpiu who added to their Pole Position Championship and race success yesterday, with Federico Montanari and Antonio Schiano completing the win-double in race 2 to secure the V1 World Powerboat Championship. “It was a very tough race especially at the beginning because Bernico was very fast, but we stayed on his back for four laps and then hit the front when they had a problem.”
With Bernico-New Star stopping on lap four the door was also left open for Silverline’s Ian Blacker and Drew Langdon to grab their second podium of the weekend in only their first outing in the championship, Chaudron failing to get out on the water after breaking yesterday.
In C1 Gary Ballough and John Tomlinson overcame a heart-stopping moment on lap 3 when they were forced to shut down an engine, before restarting and going on to finish second in the final race of the season at the Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi to win the UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship. Arif Al Zaffain and Nadir bin Hendi ended the season with their first win of the year to secure the championship runner’s-up slot, with teammates Darren Nicholson and Matteo Nicolini finishing the race in third.
History was in the making as Ballough and Tomlinson eased across the line to take the chequered flag in second place to secure a first Class 1 World Powerboat title for Team Abu Dhabi, on home waters at their own Grand Prix. “This is a great day for Abu Dhabi. I am very honoured to be representing them,” said Tomlinson after winning the world title for the second time, his first 18 years ago in 1997.