The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the World Professional Powerboating Association (WPPA) has predicted a much closer finish in the UIM XCAT World Series standings, starting from next season.

Ali Bin Hendi, who was recently appointed at the Dubai-based WPPA, said that the entry of the four-stroke engines from next year will usher in a new edge to XCAT powerboat racing around the world. “We have a fantastic product in the UIM XCAT World Series, and with the entry of the four-stroke engines next season, the teams will be challenged even further due to the inclusion of new dimensions within the series,” Bin Hendi said at the end of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the fourth and final round of the 2016 UIM XCAT World Series that concluded at the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) last Friday.

“With the introduction of the new engines, my hunch is that teams will get even closer to each other and a champion will be known only at the end of the season. And of course, as world champions there will be additional pressure on Victory Team to ensure they stay clear of all competition by doing something special,” he noted.

“With the new engines in place starting 2017, we are sure all teams will have an even chance to tussle for the title. And the difference will ultimately be made due to the handling of boats and skills of the drivers. We are in for a great future in this brand of powerboating,” Bin Hendi added.

The top official was grateful to the tremendous support shown by the ADIMSC led Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Advisor to the Head of State and Chairman of the Board of directors of the ADIMSC and to the board of directors of Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC).

“There are so many people who love powerboat racing here, and they are forever willing to lend a helping hand to our sport. With such backing we can only dream about a much better season ahead,” Bin Hendi said.

Meanwhile, the WPPA has already commenced discussions with various venues predominantly in Europe to firm up the calendar for 2017. “We are looking at a few venues seriously and all teams will be updated on the new calendar when everything is finalized, and when the time is right,” Bin Hendi related.

“People will not have to wait for long for the announcement of the new calendar,” he insisted.

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