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Despite the best efforts of the event organisers, race officials and the drivers to salvage the day, the strong winds and rough seas that have prevailed for the last three days in Dammam preventing any on water activity until today, ultimately proved to severe forcing officials to cancel the race. In an effort to get the race underway the start was delayed by half an hour in the hope that the conditions might ease with the boats eventually craned onto the water for a parade lap and then following the safety boat completed several laps of the shortened circuit to evaluate the situation. But after three laps the boats were called back to the pontoon and the race was officially cancelled. “It is a bitterly disappointing outcome especially for all the spectators but in these conditions it is just not possible to race,” said Blaze Performance driver Francesco Cantando, the most experienced driver on the tour. “I have raced in a lot of rough races but today was too much. It was a hard decision to make to cancel the race, but it was the right one.” Earlier in the day the drivers went out for a scheduled 90 minute…
Australian offshore racers are approaching their first round of racing as they head into a five stop season starting in Victoria later in April. The series consists of two classes Superheat extreme and Supercat Outboard coming together taking on the rough waters of Australia. Round 1, Wyndham Harbour, Victoria- April 27-28 Round 2, Bowen, 2019, Bowen Offshore Superboat Race - July 20 - July 21 Round 3, Townsville, Queensland- October 5 - October 6 Round 4, Lake Macquarie, 2019- October 19 - October 20 Round 5, Hervey Bay, 2019November 30 - December 1
World Champion Shaun Torrente will start the defence of his title when the UIM F1H2O World Championship launches into its 36th season and returns to action at the Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia on 28-30 March after a two month winter break. Eighteen drivers from nine teams representing 11 countries will renew rivalries in the season-opener in Dammam at the championship’s 280th Grand Prix which marks a return to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the first time in 15 years. Team World Champions Abu Dhabi will undoubtedly be the target for its rivals to try to dethrone and unsettle this season and it will be American Shaun Torrente who carries the number 1 plate and leads the team’s DAC shod attack alongside world number 3, Emirati Thani Al Qemzi. It is an impressive strike force with the duo notching up seven and eight wins respectively and amassing 40 podiums collectively. The majority of teams field the same driver line ups with three making changes; Italy’s Alberto Comparato makes his F1H2O debut in Dammam with Portuguese outfit F1 Atlantic after being signed up by team principal and experienced driver Duarte Benavente at the end of last season. The 21-year-old from…
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