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New team set for XCAT World Series

Dubai: With powerboating action set to return next month, the World Professional Powerboating Association (WPPA) — organisers and promoters of the UIM Skydive Dubai XCAT World Series — have announced that a new team will join the highly competitive circuit in Italy.

Lady Spain will compete in the third round of the series, which is scheduled to take place in Napoli, Italy, from May 23 to 25.

Owned by Carlos Gimenez Vega and based in Cambados, Spain, the new team is relishing the prospect of joining a competition pilot Marco Fabrizi described as “the top nautical sport at the moment”.

Fabrizi has plenty of experience in offshore racing, including Class 3, Superboat P1 and Class 3 four litres.

“This is a new team and this is a very beautiful sport, amazing, and we want to introduce Spanish people to this important world. We expect to get to know the XCAT environment this year in order to improve and then face off with the biggest teams,” he said.

“The XCAT Series is different because it has the best pilots in the world. It is the highest level of boat races.”

Joining Fabrizi in the boat will be the promising young Emirati pilot Salem Al Adidi, who raced in the XCAT Series for the first time last season, claiming several podium finishes with the Victory team.

The Fazza duo of Arif Al Zafein and Nadir Bin Hendi lead the series with a perfect 800 points after victories in the first two races of the season in Dubai and Fujairah.

The Skydive Dubai team of Sultan Al Dhaheri and Jay Price are second with 525 points and the Italian duo of Tomaso Polli and Matteo Nicolini in Six are third with 313.