even the most ordinary fans MTI Randy Scism, Founder of Brand Awareness Company, received extensive Union Internationale Motonautique Class 1 experience – as driver and team manager – backed the Victory outfit in Dubai in the 1980s and 90s.But the 48-foot catamaran model he built himself in Wentzville, Missouri, didn’t claim his own Class 1 world title until November 2015 Abu Dhabi team.
After six years of trying, Team Abu Dhabi broke through to claim the 2015 Class 1 World Championships on a 48-foot MTI catamaran piloted by Americans John Tomlinson and Gary Ballough.
Now, As previously reported on speedonthewater.comone of the 48 feet is the property of the current Division 1 XINSURANCE/Goodboy Vodka team, which is scheduled to play Sarasota in the second 2023 Division 1 World Championship Series in November, June 30-July 2 Powerboat Grand Prix debut in Southwest Florida.
Abu Dhabi sent two MTI cats to the 2015 World Class I Championships in Salerno, Italy that year. Majid Al-Mansoori of the agency and Rashid Al-Tayer from the United Arab Emirates own one of the cats.But several American imports from Florida-based offshore racers John Tomlinson and Gary Barlow drove the team’s other 48-footer powered by twin 850-horsepower engines. Mercury Racing engine, they beat the famous victory team, including dominate Class 1 since the mid-2000s, the highest honor.
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For Tomlinson, it was his second UIM Class 1 title – the first came in 1997 with Laith Pharaon zero defect. (The year before the team went undefeated And won the American Powerboat Association Open Class World Championships. ) Tomlinson was most impressed with the 2015 Division 1 title, 18 years after he and Pharaon won it in 1997, for the closeness of the race.
And for the Abu Dhabi division, it was the team’s first Division 1 title since entering the sport in 2009.
“You have an MTI with an 1100 Mercury Racing engine detuned to 850 hp, two Victory Cats with 850 hp Lamborghini engines, and in two races over two days, the gap between the top three boats is three seconds, “He said. “That’s incredible.
“Our world title was a team effort,” he added.
But no one is more excited than Scism.
“Man, I’m as happy as a guy,” he said. “It’s a little bit special for us. We’ve been away from here for a number of years, so coming back and doing this for Abu Dhabi – it’s just so special. I was on the radio with Johnny and he told me about one of the engines” kind of Heat”. We knew we had to finish third or better, so he decided to keep second. He managed the whole race and it came to us.”
Tomlinson described Abu Dhabi’s Division I World Championships as a “whole team effort”.
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