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First Blood to Torrente and Al Mansoori

John Moore on 20th July 2019

Shaun Torrente and Faleh Al Mansoori began the defence of their 2018 XCAT World Championsip title with a victory in Stresa today.

Starting race one in third place after the qualifying shoot out, Torrente and Al Mansoori in Abu Dhabi 4 made a superb start and then never looked back.

Torrente told me:

The start was really good, we knew that we had the correct set-up for the start shoot here,

We were concerned we didn’t have enough top end, however, the other guys ran shorter than us.

We maintained our speed, didn’t take any risks and controlled the race from the front.

The Pole Sitters, Tom Barry-Cotter and Ross Willaton in Maritimo, took second,  after dropping down to 5th after the start, but made their way through the field with a combination of speed and a canny use of electing when to take the longer laps.

The Dubai Police combination of Arif Al Zaffain and Nadir Bin Hendi took the third podium place.

2019 UIM XCAT World Championship - Round 1 - Stresa, Italy - Race 1

#CountryBoat NameHulllDriverCo-Driver
UAETeam Abu DhabiVictoryShaun TorrenteFaleh Al Mansoori
AUSMaritimoMaritimoTom Barry-CotterRoss Willaton00.08.60
3 UAEDubai PoliceVictoryArif Al Zaffain Nadir Bin Hendi00.11.86
8AUSThe Blue RooVictoryPål-Virik Nilsen Jan Trygve Braaten 00.28.23
10 ITA / AUS222 Offshore VictoryGiovanni CarpitellaDarren Nicholson 1.010.41
96ITAHPI Racing TeamDoug WrightRosario Schiano Di ColaGiuseppe Schiano Di Cola1.019.69
5UAETeam Abu DhabiVictoryRashid Suhail Al Tayer Majed Saeed Al Mansoori1.024.73
2 SWE Swecat RacingVictoryErik Stark Sebastian Groth2.03.06
22ITAVidexVictoryAlfredo AmatoJoakim Kumlin2.09.15
9 RUSNew starVictoryMikhail KitashevDmitriy Vandyshev2.032.17
46ESPConsulbrokersVictoryAndrea ComelloLuca Betti2.050.73
20 ITADe MitriVictoryRoberto Lo Piano Andrew WillatonL +2
17 KUWKuwaitVictoryAbdullatif Al Omani Moustafa Al DashtiDQ
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