It has been a long wait, but Nadir bin Hendi will make his return to XCAT racing at the final round of the UIM Skydive Dubai XCAT World Series at DIMC Mina Seyahi this weekend.
Bin Hendi is returning after a two-year suspension to join his former teammate Arif Al Zaffain in Fazza with the aim of securing the Championship for the current Series leaders.
The four-time world champion, who is also Deputy Executive Director of Victory Team, already made a return to competitive action, racing in a Class 1 event last weekend. 'Nadir is back with Arif, and will be replacing Mohammed Al Marri. They were together before Nadir’s suspension so it’s good for the team and hopefully they will do well,' confirmed Victory Team manager Ragesh Elayadeth.
'He is very excited. He raced in the last Class 1 race in Abu Dhabi and they came first in the first race. He’s back in shape and the whole team is excited,' added Elayadeth.
Bin Hendi will have to be at his characteristic best as he and Al Zaffain need to stay ahead of nearest challengers Mouawad (Omar Danial and Gary Ballough) to win the Championship this weekend.
Elayadeth has complete confidence in the Victory Team pilots. 'We know this is a big one. We are prepared but we need a little luck. We had some back luck in China and in Arona so we are expecting that luck factor back again to win the race and the championship,' he said.
'When I looked two weeks ago the weather forecast was horrible, very bad. But now it looks better. It’s going to be a little bumpy but not extremely bumpy. They should be good racing conditions.
'It’s not only about the boat – it’s also about the crew in the boat so with experienced crew they can manoeuvre the boat according to the conditions. All our pilots are capable of handling any kind of situation,' he added.
The first official practice takes place today at 2.30pm with another practice at 9am tomorrow. This will be followed by the race for Emaar Pole Position at 10.15am while the thrilling one-on-one Dubai Duty Free Speed Cat Run will take place at 3pm. There will be another official practice at 11.30am on Saturday and the main race, the Dubai Grand Prix, will get underway at 2.30pm on Saturday.
In between racing there are also plenty of other activities on offer to keep the whole family entertained with Skydive Dubai and Flyboard exhibitions and a dedicated kids’ area. There is also a kids’ competition with a number of iPad minis up for grabs. Details are available on the XCAT Racing Facebook page.
Organisers have announced that entry to the event will be free to the general public. For more information on the Series, log on to XCat Racing.
by Karien Jonckheere
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3:30 PM Thu 12 Dec 2013GMT
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