Victory Team sets out for world event
Former six-time World UIM Class 1 Champions Victory Team set out from Dubai yesterday to lay their hands on a possible seventh crown this season.
The Victory Team’s two race boats — Victory 7 and Victory 77 — and their support vehicles, rescue boats, logistics, telemetry and hospitality trucks departed from Jebel Ali Port yesterday.
The boats are headed to Plymouth, England for the start of the season with the Honda British Grand Prix on July 17.
The Dubai-based team will start among the favourites, more so after lining up as the defending European champions.
The former champion’s Victory 7 will have Ali Nasser and Ali Al Qama, while Mohammad Al Merri and Jean Marc Sanchez will guide Victory 77 this season.
The three-week ocean crossing will see the blue liveried boats making a stopover in India then traversing through the Suez Canal before finally entering into European waters.
From there, the team’s entourage will next touch shore along the Tuscan coastline in the Italian port of Livorno on July 3.
They will then make their way by road and ferry for the first race on July 15-17 in Plymouth.
The favour tilts for the Victory Team based on their vast experience.
The Victory Team has won the world title for an incredible six times in the past since entering the UIM Class 1 Championship in 1993.
Ali Nasser is the World Champion in 1999 and 2000 and partner Ali Al Qama has been together with Nasser winning six grands prix, the Middle East Championship, the European Championship twice and finishing runners-up in the title race three times since teaming up in 2001.
And although Al Merri, who partnered Saeed Al Tayer to the 2001 world title, and Sanchez have just eight races under their belts as a partnership they showed impressive form in 2004, finishing on the podium five times and third overall in the title race.