The Dubai-based Victory Team will commence a five-discipline 2019 title assault in Saudi Arabia this week.
Four-time world champion Alex Carella from Italy and Ahmed Al Hameli will represent the team in F1H2o as it heads into its fifth season of competing in the World Championship.
Carella and Al Hameli will want to put behind a 2018 season that saw the team end in seventh with 27 points.
HE Huraiz Bin Huraiz, Chairman of the Board of Directors commented:
We have seen the ups and downs of racing over a period of time.
Those experiences have only given us the will to learn and do better with each season.
We’ve started testing early this year and I am confident the drivers from Victory Team will be among the early challengers this year.
In F4-s, Victory Team will have an unchanged driver line-up of Ahmed Al Fahim and Ali Al Lanjawi.
Heading into the UIM F2 World Championship season in a few months will be Mansoor Al Mansoori once again, with the opening round in Kaunas, Lithuania followed by races in Tonsberg, Norway and Ribadouro, Portugal.
Victory Team’s Kevin Reiterer, a new signing from last season, will start the defence of his world title in the Ski Division GP1 category at the opener in Portimao, Portugal (May 10-12), followed by stops in Olbia, Italy (June 1-2), China (October 18-20), Amaravati, India (November 12-14) and the season finale in Sharjah (December 17-20).
After a successful foray that included the Victory Team’s first-ever venture across the Atlantic Ocean at the annual Super Boat International in Key West, World Champions Salem Al Adidi and Eisa Al Ali will compete in the APBA Championships Series over 6 races, Bin Huraiz commented on their Offshore Racing:
Last season was an eye-opener for the team on the whole experience of racing in the USA.
As a world-class unit, we learned a lot of lessons and these experiences will come into play as we head to the same venues this season.
This year is the ‘Year of Tolerance’ as declared by our leaders and I can feel the sense of purpose shown by our drivers and crew in further stamping our class across the Atlantic Ocean.
Making their debut in the world of water sports way back in 1986, Victory Team tasted its bit of action in the Class 1 category in 1992 while entering two boats in the guest appearance category.
But from 1993, the men in blue flew the flag for Dubai and the UAE picking up a record 14 Class 1 world crowns till the last one in 2014.
Bin Huraiz concluded:
Once again we are prepared for a challenging and busy season ahead. As representatives of Dubai and the UAE, our drivers and riders will be travelling to various parts of the world as true ambassadors of the team.
We are a professional set-up and each one knows what is expected of him to ensure Victory Team carries forward its success.