First UIM-recognized World Championship Series event to roar off in Mumbai from March 3-5
MUMBAI 25 FEBRUARY 2017: The six teams and their internationally acclaimed pilots and navigators for the inaugural NEXA P1 Powerboat, Indian Grand Prix of the Seas, the first UIM recognized World Championship Event, was today unveiled in Mumbai. All teams will consist of two boats, each raced by a pilot and navigator, and will be represented by ‘Team Ambassadors’, women, who have made their mark felt across the oceans while winning crowns at international pageants.
Speaking on the association as title sponsors, to the NEXA, P1 Powerboat, Indian Grand Prix of the Seas, Mr. Vinay Pant, Assistant Vice President, Marketing, Maruti Suzuki said, “We are delighted to associate with NEXA P1 Powerboat Racing in its inaugural year. Our focus in partnership with NEXA P1 Powerboat Racing is to create a benchmark like no other. NEXA aims to provide global experience to its customers and in the same way Procam has made their best efforts to bring NEXA P1, a global sport to the Indian audience for the first time. NEXA is at the forefront of bringing innovation & delivering outstanding experiences which are new and exciting, just like P1 Powerboat Racing which builds experiences based on adrenaline performance and superior technology”
Commencing the team announcements, Anil Singh, Managing Director, Procam International said, “We are delighted and privileged to present to you six World Class teams that are built with top-ranked Pilots and Navigators from the world, and our Team Ambassadors for the NEXA P1 Powerboat, Indian Grand Prix of the Seas. The iconic Marine Drive could not have been a better canvas, for us in partnership with P1 Global to launch the first event of a World Series in the global new construct of Powerboat Racing. Procam International is immensely proud to present this new sporting paradigm which will also redefine India’s maritime landscape and spearhead a powerful movement for marine sustainability.”
The Team, The Champion
Each team, consisting of two P1 Panther Powerboats, manned by a pilot and a navigator, will compete on a 5.2km specially designed racetrack on water. The racetrack on water, a first in Powerboat Racing, will now be implemented across all Grand Prix of the Seas events and will prove to be a real test of skill and strategy for all pilots and navigators.
Boats of all teams will participate in Time Trials on Friday, the 3rd of March, to determine their start position for Race 1 on Day 2, Saturday, 4th March. The boat with the fastest qualifying lap on Friday will start at pole position followed by all subsequent boats in descending order.
Winning Race 1 will earn the boat 20 points while the second and third boats earn 17 and 15 points respectively. Each boat to finish subsequently earns one less point than the previous.
The grid position is reversed for Race 2 on Saturday, with the boat that finished last in Race 1 taking pole position followed by the other boats in ascending order.
Collecting points in the same points system as in Race 1, the boats with the highest cumulative points from Race 1 and 2 on Saturday, will determine the start grid for the Finale on Sunday.
Teams will be crowned winners of the USD 125,000 NEXA P1 Powerboat, Indian Grand Prix of the Seas by the total points of both the boats on their team across two days.