Dubai’s Victory Team will feature a strong two-boat, four-driver debut at this week’s Super Boat International (SBI) race in Clearwater, Florida, as well as the Key West World Championships, to be held between November 4-11.
Having been held for more than three decades, the SBI Championship is considered one of the most challenging races for dual-engine powerboats.
Victory Team has decided to send two boats for the annual competition.
In the first boat will be reigning class one world champions Salem Al Adidi and Gary Ballough, while the Emirati world champion Eisa Al Ali will be paired with John Tomilson.
The SBI Championship is the leading North American professional powerboat organisation for class one powerboats.
Teams from all around the world have confirmed their participation for the series of races held from May through to October in the National Series Points races.
The concluding round is the now famous Key West World Championships.
His Excellency Huraiz Bin Huraiz, chairman of Victory Team, spelt out the motives behind their first-time participation in Clearwater.
“Firstly, we need to know where we stand in the tough and demanding world of powerboat racing,” Huraiz said before the team left for the US earlier this week.
“Victory Team has been world champions in class one powerboating on several occasions, but we felt that we needed to step it up and step out of our comfort zone and see where we stand in a totally different set-up.
“No doubt this is a challenge that we feel we can face up to, especially given the talent pool of home-bred drivers and crew.
“Our leadership has always been clear on accepting bigger challenges and we feel that with our participation in Clearwater, Dubai will have yet another unique opportunity to shine on a truly world stage.”
Victory Team have already shipped two of their best boats across to Florida along with their mechanical crew.
Victory Team will first compete in the final round of the national championship this weekend (September 28-30) and then in the season-finale in Key West.
“Now is the time for the men in blue to set foot on distant lands along with their dreams,” added Huraiz.
“I am confident that our drivers and crew will be up to the challenge of contesting for the title among the best drivers and boats in the world.”
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