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Dez 06 2010

Saturday, 4 December, Dubai, UAE

Plymouth based CPR team principal, Chris Parsonage, is optimistic that they will complete the repairs being carried out on Negotiator in time for the final two races of the season in the Emirates/Dubai Duty Free Dubai Grand Prix this week (9-11). “The team is under pressure that’s for sure and has been working frantically to get the boat ready,” said Parsonage.

“The boat took a big hit in the collision with Skydive Dubai and the amount of work facing the guys is considerable.” “Victory Team has been very supportive in our efforts. The boat is at their facilities in Dubai and I have flown out two carbon fibre experts to work on the deck and hull and they are working very closely with Victory’s own technical experts.”

The news last week from Victory Team general manager Gianfranco Venturelli that Skydive Dubai will not run in the final two races of the season is significant, in terms of the overall Championship standings, with Negotiator currently lying in third place just sixteen points behind them.

If Negotiator makes the start line, Giovanni Carpitella and Luca Fendi will need at least a fourth and a fifth-placed finish to take the runners-up slot, which would wrap up an impressive season for throttleman Carpitella.

The flamboyant Italian has shared the cockpit with four drivers this season; two podiums in Norway with Giorgio Manuzzi and wins in Sweden with Rashed al Tayer, plus valuable points in Italy alongside Parsonage clinched second place in the European Championship for Carpitella, with a podium alongside Class 1 newcomer Luca Fendi in race 1 in Abu Dhabi maintaining Carpitella and Negotiator’s third spot in the overall Championship rankings.

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