Pole Position for new Maritimo XCat

Barry 2019-07-26

The recent XCats Stresa GP on Lake Maggiore, Italy saw positive results for the Australian teams, although outright victory eluded all three.

The Stresa GP, the first stage of the 2019 UIM XCAT World Championship, saw a surprise pole position from Tom Barry-Cotter and Ross Willaton of Team Maritimo. Maritimo's pole position can be deemed a surprise because their catamaran is a brand new boat, built by Maritimo Racing.

The first stage of the 2019 UIM XCAT World Championship has ended, with the recent two rounds held at Stresa on Lake Maggiore, Italy. The winners of both races were Shaun Torrente and Faleh al Mansoori in Abu Dhabi 4. Just once they crossed the line in 2nd when in lap eight they went for their long lap, so Team Australia of Pål Virik Nilsen and Jan Trygve Braten stepped up to first. But when the Norwegian duo went for their long lap as well, Abu Dhabi 4 went back to the front, and there they stayed until the checkered flag.

Behind them, Team Australia battled with the Dubai Police boat of Arif al Zaffein and Nadir bin Hendi, with the latter able to gain one position from the initial grid and finish second.

With the third spot, Team Australia also takes the third position in the overall ranking, although they share the place with Maritimo of Tom Barry-Cotter and Ross Willaton.

Maritimo had a great debut with their new boat, getting the pole position for race 1, then a bad start for an engine warning saw them finish second. In race two they had once again an unfortunate start and slipped down to fifth, where they stayed until the end despite a great overtake on Swecat, on the inside of the last turn on lap eight.

Abu Dhabi 5 closes in the fourth spot, while P6 is for another Australian boat, 222 Offshore driven by Darren Nicholson. 

The joint work of UIM, FIM and the local hosts in Stresa built a successful event, as thousands of people packed the shores of the lake, with many more spectators watching the race from the water as well on hundreds of boats.

After the summer break, the XCAT Championship is moving to China, with back to back events in Taizhou and Hangzhou, from 13 to 22 of September.

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