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Skydive Dubai and Dubai Duty Free Grand Prix - Spirit of Qatar 96 axed

'Spirit of Qatar 96 - 2012 Dubai Grand Prix'    Simon Palfrader - copyright
Spirit of Qatar’s Sheikh Hassan bin Jabor Al-Thani and Steve Curtis have nothing to show from their weekend at the Skydive Dubai and Dubai Duty Free Grand Prix following their disqualification from the event after failing to submit one of their engines for a technical inspection.

The news, issued by UIM Commissioner Gordon Sutherland, compounds an already dismal weekend for the race 1 winners and the whole Qatar Team after Sheikh Hassan withdrew both boats and boycotted race 2 of the Skydive Dubai Grand Prix.

The team was notified that the UIM technical scutineering team needed to check the compression ratio of one engine and that the test would be carried out on Sunday 14, but they failed to comply with the request - an infringement of Rule Nos 36.05.

2012 Dubai Grand Prix -  Raffaello Bastiani  
The rule states: Any entrant to UIM events refusing an inspection after having been notified by the race director or chief technical Officer that equipment within his control must be checked for conformity with safety and/or technical specifications shall be disqualified from the event and suspended for sixty (60) days.

The disqualification of Spirit of Qatar 96 and the loss of all points from the weekend has had little impact on the two-boat race for the World Championship between Victory and neighbours Team Abu Dhabi.

Arif Al Zafeen and Mohammed Al Marri are now 32 points clear with two races remaining and just 40 points on offer.

World Championship - after race 7

1. 3 Victory Team - 137pts 2. 5 Team Abu Dhabi - 105pts 3= 96 Spirit of Qatar - 53pts 3= 10 Fendi Racing - 53pts 5. 95 Spirit of Qatar - 45pts 6. 91 Zabo Isiklar - 42pts 7. 7 Victory Team of Australia - 21pts 8. 23 FA.RO ACCIAI - 19pts 9. 74 Spirit of Gabon - Poliform - 13pts 10. 90 Welmax - 5pts 11= 9 Welmax - 0pts 12= 8 Subseapilot - 0pts

Middle East Championship - after race 4

1. 3 Victory Team - 72pts 2. 5 Team Abu Dhabi - 57pts 3. 96 Spirit of Qatar - 32pts 3. 10 Fendi Racing - 22pts 4. 7 Victory Team of Australia - 21pts 6. 91 Zabo Isiklar - 16pts 7. 23 FA.RO ACCIAI - 12pts 8. 95 Spirit of Qatar - 9pts 9= 74 Spirit of Gabon - Poliform - 0pts 9= 90 Welmax - 0pts 9= 8 Subseapilot - 0pts

Edox Pole Position Championship - after round 4

1. 3 Victory Team - 75pts 2. 5 Team Abu Dhabi - 45pts 3. 96 Spirit of Qatar - 35pts 4. 95 Spirit of Qatar - 31pts 5. 10 Fendi Racing - 24 pts 6. 90 Welmax - 16pts 7. 9 Welmax - 12pts 8= 74 Poliform - 9pts 8= 91 Zabo Isiklar - 9pts 10. 7 Victory Team of Australia - 7pts 11. 23 FA.RO. ACCIAI - 5pts 12. 8 Subseapilot - 3pts

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