MERCURY BEING SECRETIVE ABOUT X CAT - 4 Strokes
No information on these new motors but a lot of interest
David Sewell 22-May-13 08:57
A few days ago we reported that a press release from the UAE reported that they were testing a Mercury 4 stroke outboard with a view to fitting them on X Cats as they are trying to adopt a green policy in Dubai. We had a lot of emails asking for details of the engines that will be used so we contacted our friends at Mercury Racing for information on the engines and below is their response.
Hello David. Yes - I saw the article. We are not prepared to release any information on the engine at this time.
Senior Marketing Manager
DRAKKAR WINS 50TH ANNIVERSARY ROUEN 24 HOUR RACE
F1 stars reign supreme in France's unique 24 hour marathon
David Sewell 21-May-13 09:28
Reigning World F1 champion Alex Carella and Team China's Philippe Chiappe, who finished runner-up in the 2012 World F1 championship enjoyed further success when they joined the Morin brothers in the Class 3 Moore cat 'Drakkar' to win the 2013 Rouen 24 hour race which was celebrating its 50th birthday.
The winners completed 787 laps of this unique circuit on the River Seine just two laps ahead of Pegase, another Class 3 Moore rig while the bronze medal went to yet another Moore cat, this time a Class 2 outfit Team Navikart. Sweden's Bimba Sjholm,who competed in one F1 race in 2013 crossed the line 5th overall and third in Class 2 DAC Team Olympic.
The race differed from a few years ago when drivers raced continuously for 24 hours and engineers were kept very busy throughout the duration of the race as everything on the engine could be replaced except the cylinder block. This weekends racing was staged over three days, we assume on the grounds of safety as the river remains open to commercial traffic throughout with barges plying up and down the race track.
VETERAN MAUFF WINS IN COCOA BEACH
Billy Mauff wins the 2nd round of SBI Superboat series whist Qatar 20 fill 5th place
David Sewell 20-May-13 09:19
Blustery conditions and breaking waves were prevalent as the Superboats joined the Superboat Unlimited, Turbine and Superboat Extreme entrants for a combined set of races over 16 and 13 laps of the offshore course.
WHM Motorsports’ William Mauff and Jay Muller emerged as comfortable winners by the margin of 29 seconds in the Superboat class from Tony Marcantonio and Mark Kowalski at the helm of JD Byrider. The latter crew managed to pass Team Stihl in the closing stages after the pre-race Superboat category leaders had held second position through the early laps. Team CRC finished fourth while newcomers Ali Nasser and Al Neama aboard the ex. Reliable Carriers MTI cat, renamed Spirit of Qatar moved up to fifth when Warpaint hit trouble late on. WHM Motorsports now leads the Superboat Championship after two races.
“It was important that Ali and Mohammed got as much seat time in the new boat as possible and finished the first race,” said His Excellency Sheikh Hassan bin Jabor Al-Thani, president of the Qatar Marine Sports Federation (QMSF), who hopes to begin his own Super Boat International campaign with throttleman Steve Curtis at the next round at the start of June.
“The water was rough and they faced on of the toughest teams in that class, so they did what they had to do to reach the finish. It’s a long season and the target is Key West. The next race is in two weeks and we hope that the water conditions will be better.”
WHM Motorsports held the advantage over Stihl, Team CRC, JD Byrider, Warpaint and Spirit of Qatar after the opening lap of the 16-lap Superboat race. The objective for the Spirit of Qatar crew was to get as much seat time as possible in the new boat and the Doha-based duo maintained sixth through lap two, as Warpaint overhauled Tim McDonald and Mike Defrees in Team CRC to move into fourth.
Large waves made racing treacherous and WHM hung on to the Superboat lead from Stihl and JD Byrider. Al-Neama and Al-Nasser erred on the side of caution to preserve their boat and maintained sixth position in the brutal conditions.
WHM Motorsports duly held on to reach the chequered flag as the wind began to drop and they sealed the Superboat class victory. Stihl and JD Byrider became embroiled in a gripping late tussle for second position with JD Byrider managing to squeeze through into the runner-up spot. Robert Vesper guided Warpaint into a thrilling late fight with Team CRC for fourth position, but he was forced into the in-field with technical problems after lap 12 and Team CRC reached the finish in fourth, with Spirit of Qatar finishing fifth, two laps behind.
The next round of Super Boat International takes teams to Orange Beach in Florida on May 31-June 2.