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ABU DHABI Dubai’s Fazza kept off some stiff competition from the rest of the field to win the third heat of the 2012 X-CAT World Series held at the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) yesterday. Starting off from Pole Position, the Fazza duo of Mohammed Al Marri and Arif Saif Al Zaffain made use of their brand-new boat to finish in top position leaving Mouawad and Qatar Team in second and third places, respectively. Fazza had been equally dominating during last weekend’s heat held off the Mina Seyahi waters of the Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC). But bad weather had played spoilsport and the race had to be postponed after three on-water incidents, including two boats flipping. Fazza had not done well in the second heat also held at the same venue in Abu Dhabi last month. But on a warm and reassuring Thursday, Fazza were all out to rectify their mistakes after setting a scorching pace during Wednesday’s practice session followed by a top time of 3 minutes, 11.50 seconds to take Pole Position. They continued their good work during the afternoon as Al Marri and Al Zaffain took the lead from the start even as Qatar Team and Mouawad showed early signs of mounting a challenge. However, Consul Brokers and La Vida Loca started experiencing technical difficulties with Matteo Nicolini and Alfredo Amato in Consul Brokers retiring on the first lap itself even as Baglioni Claudio and Giovanni Carpitella continued in their La Vida Loca. Omar Danial and Gary Ballough in Mouawad and overall leaders Mohammed Al Nasser and Hamad Jassim Mohammed in their Qatar Team boat continued with their chase, but Fazza showed no signs of slowing down. Ultimately, the Dubai boat took the chequered flag while Mouawad and Qatar Team settled for second and third respectively. Lower down, the Abu Dhabi Racing Team of Scott Gillman and Ahmed Ali Al Hamli came in fourth and the Sky Dive Dubai team of Eisa Al Ali and Juma Mattar Al Mazrouie, finished in fifth. Spirit of Abu Dhabi came in sixth, Westerland Racing took seventh & Extreme Marine completed the race in eight place after been penalized with 30 second time penalty by missing a race mark,while Raheeb and Kingfisher took the ninth and tenth positions respectively. “It is wonderful to have such an exciting race after last weekend’s postponed affair due to bad weather,” noted Mohammed Hareb, Member of the UIM. “After last weekend’s foul weather it was a welcome change to see the Fazza boat so dominant today and our congratulations to them for such a fine win,” added Sid Bensalah, Secretary General, WPPA. With most of the watersports fraternity now moving to Monaco for the annual UIM Awards this weekend, the action in X-Cat World Series will now shift to the fourth round when it is held at the DIMC on April 6-7, followed by the final heat in Fujairah (April 12-13). -ENDS  

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