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news - Fazza 3 wins first race of Norwegean Grand Prix!

July 18 2010


Fazza's Arif Al Zafeen and Nader Bin Hendi produced a dominant and faultless display to win race 1 of the BMW Norwegian Grand Prix, maintaining the perfect start to their title defence and extending their lead at the top of the World Championship standings.

Norwegians Jorn Tandberg and Kolbjorn Selmer were unable to match their spectacular win in this morning's Edox Pole Position, finishing second in Welmax, with Spirit of Dubai's Giovanni Carpitella and Giorgio Manuzzi completing the podium with yet another impressive performance.

The defending World Champions found themselves down in third spot at the first turn behind their team-mates and Relekta, but were able to overhaul both outfits on the long run to the second turn to lead at the end of lap 1. Once out front they opened up an unassailable lead, going on to win by over eight seconds at an average speed of 186.63km/h. "We saw our team-mates and 91 ahead of us, but we know that our boat is fast and that if we pushed we would be able to catch them. Once we got out in front we were able to open up a good lead and control the race. We backed off a little towards the end, but we kept an eye on Welmax who we know are quick" said throttleman Bin Hendi.

For Tandberg and Selmer, dropping to fifth place from first on the start line, and giving away over 30-seconds to Fazza 3 in the first two laps proved too much of a mountain to climb. And despite fighting their way back up through the field, the chequered flag came too soon to end hopes for a Norwegian win on home waters. "It was not our plan to give away such a lead but the start is something we have to work on," said Tandberg. "We know we have one of the fastest boats out there and when we are reliable we can run at the front."

Giovanni Carpitella and Giorgio Manuzzi maintained their impressive form to take their second podium of the day, bringing Victory Team's new design, Spirit of Dubai, home in third place in only their second race together and despite dropping a place at the start. "Our problem was the start, it was horrible," said Carpitella. "We got up to full speed too quickly before the green flag and so backed-off, but then the flag went up and I think we were at were at the back. We then got caught in everyone's wash and could see nothing so I had to ease off the throttles again until I could see it was clear. From that point our target was to try to push for third."

Mohammed Al Marri and Abdullah Al Mehairbi compromised their race on the opening lap, missing a turn-buoy, and incurring a penalty long-lap which dropped them back down the field, but managed to salvage valuable points, finishing in fourth place.

Despite bringing Relekta home in fifth place, Christian Zaborowski and Paul Gaiser produced a more than encouraging performance in their first race together. A brilliant start moved them from fifth on the start-line into second place, before being overhauled by Welmax, but then maintaining third place before they too incurred a penalty long-lap, ultimately dropping them to fifth.

Guido Cappellini and Nicola Giorgi continued to endure a frustrating weekend, with technical problems preventing Primatist making it to the start line.

Today's win for Al Zafeen and Bin Hendi, a fifteenth for both, extends their lead at the top of Championship to 21-points and their unbeaten win-run to seven.


1. Fazza 3 - A Al Zafeen (UAE) / N Bin Hendi (UAE) 00.30.14,01
2. Welmax - K Selmer (NOR) / J Tandberg (NOR) + 00.08,42
3. Spirit of Dubai - G Manuzzi (SMR) / G Carpitella (ITA) + 01.19,49
4. Fazza 1 - A Al Mehairbi (UAE) / M Al Marri (UAE) + 02.22,52
5. Relekta - P Gaiser (BRA) / C Zaborowski (NOR) + 03.02,86
Primatist - G Cappellini (ITA) / N Giorgi (ITA) dns

1. Fazza 3 - 60pts
2. Fazza 1 - 39pts
3. Welmax - 27pts
4. Primatist - 21pts
5. Team Abu Dhabi - 16pts
6. Spirit of Dubai - 12pts
7. Foresti & Suardi - SCAM - 11pts
8. Welmax Alianza - 10pts
9. Relekta - 7pts

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