Victory Team’s Salem Al Adidi is unperturbed with the task at hand as the Dubai-based outfit open their campaign in the opening round of the APBA Offshore Championship at Cocoa Beach Florida, this weekend.
Al Adidi and teammate Eisa Al Ali will be in their Victory 3 boat for the first race of the 2019 season in the P1 Super Stock category in the face of some of the sport’s talent.
The two drivers put their boat through the mandatory dunk test on Friday after which they were eligible for a licence across the Atlantic Ocean. “The registration process has also been completed and now we are all focused on the opening race on Sunday,” Al Adidi related from Florida’s Cocoa Beach.
“As the countdown for the first race begins, we can only do what we are so eager to do and that is give it our best and ensure we get the early points for the season. After being together for a few years now, we have come out as a solid pair with an understanding on and off the water and this should help us further,” he added.
Titled ‘Thunder on Cocoa Beach’, the first race of the season will see the Victory Team go head-to-head against some of the best drivers from across the world including the familiar face of multiple world champion Steve Curtis in his Miss Geico Racing boat. For the first time this year, the championship will have an array of talent through representation from top teams such as Raven Offshore, Racing AMH Motorsports, Done Deal Offshore Racing, Scott Free Racing and ProStock Vee OffShore Racing.
Saturday will see the official welcome party for drivers and teams at the Race Village in Cape Canaveral where fans and enthusiasts will get an opportunity of coming up and personal with the men who make powerboat racing happen.
“Now we are at the business end of the race and we need to keep our focus and ensure we get the points,” Al Ali said.
“It’s important that we make an impression as there are more teams waiting on the sidelines to confirm their participation for the rest of the season,” he added.
Sunday’s action will start with the opening race for Production Class boats at 10 am in cocoa beach, FL, USA which will be (6 pm UAE) followed by races for the V Bottoms, Superstock 300 and the Supercats. The Class 1 race involving Victory Team’s No.3 boat will take place from 2 to 3 pm (10 to 11 pm UAE).
After this weekend’s racing the boats will make an additional five stops including Missouri, Michigan, Indiana and Florida.