Following the 2016 World Class 1 championships in Abu Dhabi when only five boats took part, it would not be unreasonable to assume this once popular series had run out of steam. However we understand the 2017 championship is in the planning stage and will be another three heat series at one venue Chioggia, Italy over the weekend of 27th September- 1st October. The promoter for the event is the Italian Powerboat Federation and race organiser is former Class 1 racer Giampaolo Montavaci. The race format is one that was introduced by Nicolo di San Germano when he promoted the series i.e Class 1 cats running alongside V1 monohulls. Although the meeting is several months away we understand the world championship has already attracted ten entries and we are confident that number will increase as the date gets closer.
Velkommen til Danmark!
It may seem strange but crews in the P1 SuperStock UK race series will be including a visit to their local bookshop in preparation for the coming season. Sales of ‘Teach Yourself Danish’ are set to soar with Aalborg being the first stop on the 2017 race calendar.
P1 will be taking its one-design championship to four countries this summer, with two new venues joining the line-up. Denmark, Scotland, Wales and England will each host a P1 Grand Prix of the Sea event, with the opening round taking the teams to Scandinavia for the first time. An industrial and university city in northern Denmark and the country’s fourth most populous city, Aalborg will welcome the P1 fleet over the weekend of its annual Regatta in June.
“Scandinavia has a close affinity with the water and an appetite for motorsport both on the land and sea” explains Powerboat P1’s UK managing director Robert Wicks, “and expanding our championship to take in a round in mainland Europe is a very positive step for the series. Other motorsport promoters such as the British Superbike Championship and V8 Supercars in Australia successfully include an overseas race venue in their calendar and we are confident that the people of Aalborg will turn out in strength to enjoy all the P1 action.”
P1’s association with the region goes back to 2009 when it raced in Gothenburg with its Evolution and SuperSport class boats, and in 2014 the P1 Panther toured Norway in a promotional campaign to build interest in the SuperStock series. Through its UIM membership, P1 works closely with representatives of the Swedish, Norwegian and Finnish powerboat federations and now with the recently affiliated Danish Motor Union.
Wicks added: “As with all our events, we will aim to attract visitors to Aalborg, boost the local economy and generate significant publicity for the city. Our racing will showcase one of the city’s biggest assets – the water – and we plan to present Aalborg as a vibrant event location, with the racing taking place in a splendid setting during the its annual maritime festival.”
X CATS FUTURE IN THE BALANCE
It came as a shock when the 2016 X Cats Series imploded although Abu Dhabi managed to run a final race of the series during the festival. Rumour’s were rife as to why this once popular series came to an untimely end and despite all manner of unrealistic reasons why the plug was pulled nothing official came from the DIMYC. After the Abu Dhabi finale we were led to believe an Australian was wishing to become the new X Cats promoter but again the excitement of a new promoter quickly fizzed out. We now believe the UIM are trying to persuade the original promoter DIMYC to take up their options again. However that might not be as easier as it sounds. Dubai’sVictory Marine have been responsible for the construction for almost all the X Cats racing in the last 5 years and have also played a major part in the development of the Mercury 4 stroke outboard. It’s no secret that Victory Marine have cut back on their operations dramatically and it will be interesting to see if this is reflected in the decision of the DIMYC to promote X Cats again. The UIM tells us whoever take over the promotion, ideally it should be a four race championship with two races in Asia and two in the Middle East although don’t be surprised if they are all staged in the UAE.
Incidentally we have learned that plans are in place to reduce the size of the huge marina in front of the DIMYC to accommodate cruise ships which will berth in almost the centre of Dubai which is a very appealing proposal. However in terms of space the size of these cruise ships will be very limited.