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There will be all to play for when the 13 competing teams return to the water for the sixth leg of the UIM Skydive Dubai XCAT World Series in China next month. With current leaders Fazza just 136 points ahead of the ever-consistent second-placed Mouawad and 400 points awarded for a race win, there could just be changing of the guard at the top of the table. But the Mouawad team of Omar Danial and Gary Ballough are not taking anything for granted, knowing full well the threat the Victory Team boats pose. “Victory has become very reliable in addition to fast. We know how they can be beaten but we won’t tell you,” joked Danial who is looking forward to what he expects will be rougher ocean conditions in Ningbo. Speaking about the challenge for the overall Series lead, Danial added: “We are confident in our abilities to adjust to all conditions the XCAT Series poses which is why we are a podium team. “We go racing with this state of mind to be a podium team. We can’t claim to have all the resources available to claim a first place in the Series but if we do get there, it will be because of our tenacious work and talent.” Danial went on to explain what the Dubai-based team usually do between races in the Series: “We actually review our equipment and try to fix the weak areas of our program and equipment if we have time. Testing is very limited now that our boat and equipment are being shipped around the world though.” As for what it takes to produce the kind of consistent performances achieved by the Mouawad team, that took them to second place in the Series last year as well, the Swiss driver added: “Sea time testing is crucial, racing experience, concentration and respect for the weather and sea conditions.” The sixth round of the UIM Skydive Dubai XCAT World Series will take place in Ningbo, China from November 8-10.  

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