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15 April 2016 – The Victory Team pair of Arif Al Zaffain and Nadir bin Hendi will start this afternoon’s Dubai GP in Pole Position after a sensational final lap that was four and a half seconds quicker than their nearest challengers.

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - APRIL 15:  Arif Al Zaffain and Nadir Bin Hendi of Victory Team race for pole position during the Dubai Grand Prix - the Second round of the UIM World Series where 14 boats are competing at the Dubai International Marine Club on April 15, 2016 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. XCAT, short for extreme catamaran, is one of the most challenging and extreme forms of powerboat racing in the world.  (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images for XCAT)In the new-format race for Emaar Pole Position, the duo claimed the fastest times in all three qualifying sessions to book their top spot.

Gold Coast Australia (Tom Barry-Cotter and Ross Willaton) will start in second spot with Swecat Racing (Mikael Bengtsson and Erik Stark) in third while T-Bone Station (Giovanni Carpitella and Luca Fendi) will complete the top starting gate in fourth spot.

The Dubai GP has been brought forward by a day because of high winds and rough sea conditions forecast for tomorrow afternoon. As a result, the main race – the second round of the UIM XCAT World Powerboating Series – will take place this afternoon at 3.30pm and the Dubai Duty Free Speed Cat Run will take place on Saturday at 2.30pm.


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