The drivers are on their way to the United Arab Emirates, where the last two races of the season, on December 1st and 2nd, will crown the 2017 winners. Six teams are still eligible for the title.
The excitement is growing, as the UIM XCAT World Championship is moving to Dubai for the last two races of the season, which will tell who is the winner of the 2017 title. Six teams (and 12 drivers) are still eligible for the final victory, as the two races put at stake no less than 70 points for the overall ranking.
The boats will touch the water on Thursday 30 November, for the first session of free practice, with a big news: the race course will be on one side of the iconic Palm Jumeirah, to add a spectacular background to an already exciting and adrenaline-filled show.
At the moment the leader of the ranking is Team Australia of Brett Luhrmann and Pål Virik Nilsen at 148 points, followed by Victory Team with Salem al Adidi and Eisa al Ali from Dubai, at 137, and by Abu Dhabi Team of Rashed al Tayer and Majeed al Masoori at 116.
But maths is still positive also for Giovanni Carpitella and Joakim Kumlin on 222 Offshore, Erik Stark and Mikael Bengtsson on Swecat, and also for the 2016 champions Arif al Zaffein and Nadir bin Hendi, whose brand new team Al Wasl started the season slowly but allowed them to conquer a win in the latest Grand Prix in Xiamen (China) at the end of October.
While Team Australia seems to be the favorite, not only for the numbers but especially for the impressive way they dominated some of the 2017 races, the runner-ups of Victory Team (two first places for them this year) run in their own waters, which means not only the local support but especially the full confidence given by years of practice and racing in this very context.
The other teams will have to struggle in order to get the spotlight and strive for victory. But past experience and the professional level of all the competitors mean it won’t be over until the last checkered flag.