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Sheikh Hassan clinches podium finish in Greek GP June 10, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Aquatics.

The Qatar Team began this year’s WPPA Class 1 World Powerboat Championship campaign by recording excellent third and fourth places in a fascinating Greek Grand Prix in Palaio Faliro Bay yesterday.

His Excellency Sheikh Hassan bin Jabor al-Thani and Italian Matteo Nicolini clinched third overall and the final podium place in Qatar 96, while Doha-based team mate Abdullah al-Sulaiti and new partner Luca Nicolini were fourth. The dramatic race, which took place under the shadow of the historic Acropolis, was won by Class 1 newcomer Arif Said al-Zafeen and Jean-Marc Sanchez in Victory 77.

Eleven powerful Class One boats roared into action in front of a curious Greek crowd this afternoon and the scream of high-revving Sterling V8, Lamborghini V12, Victory V12 and Skema V12 engines signalled that the new Class One racing season had fired into life with a vengeance.

Sheikh Hassan and Italian throttleman Nicolini began today’s race in fourth position, behind the Norwegian Jotun boat, crewed by Christian Zaborowski and Jorn Tanberg, the Spirit of Norway boat, which clinched the title last year, and Victory 7. The latter was crewed by the UAE’s Ahmed al-Suwaidi and Nadir Bin Hendi. Al-Sulaiti and Luca Nicolini started fifth following yesterday’s practice session to determine the race starting order.

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