Zhengzhou, October 15 2017. A foggy weather with high humidity covered the water of Dragon Lake in Zhengzhou, China, for the whole day. So, the second race of the season for the UIM XCAT World Championship has been characterized by poor visibility, both in terms of gloomy air and of moist on the boats’ windshields. But this wasn’t enough to stop Victory team from clinching a second win, after the one they conquered yesterday on the same circuit. Abu Dhabi is still there though, again in second place, while Team Australia recovers from yesterday’s disappointment finishing in P3.
The starting order was given by the results of race one, so Abu Dhabi was second, followed by Al&Al – Caccia Engineering. On such a narrow course, with no proper straights, all was on the strategies with long laps. Salem al Adidi and Eisa al Ali on Victory took advantage of the clear water in front of them and pushed to the maximum, waiting for Abu Dhabi’s Rashed al Tayer and Majed Al Masoori to take their first long lap, which happened on lap five. So, they could keep the first position and from that moment on it was just a matter of controlling the main opponents and decide the strategy according to their choices.
Behind the first two, a frantic series of twists, penalties and overtakes changed the spots several times, with a sort of free-for-all battle which awarded “The Blue Roo” of Brett Luhrmann and Pål Virik Nilsen, able to step on the podium that they missed by a bit yesterday.
Worth a mention is the fourth place of 222 Offshore with Giovanni Carpitella and Joakim Kumlin, the boat carrying on the sides the name of the city of ZhengZhou: from P7 at the start they ended fourth. An engine failure stopped Swecat racing with just four laps to go, while the overall ranking after two races is hard to the reigning world champion Arif al Zaffein, who after yesterday’s DNF had to take an extra lap today for hitting a buoy and finished ninth.
And if the bad weather didn’t stop the drivers from fighting mercilessly, it sure didn’t stop Chinese public either: once again the grandstands, the shores, the pits were full of enthusiastic people.
Now the XCats are being packed and shipped to Weihai, capital of the Chinese province of Shandong, where the next two races will be held in less than one week.