Fazza power to Dubai glory

Arif Al Zaffain and Nadir bin Hendi steered Team Fazza to the Dubai Grand Prix title and with it the overall UIM Skydive Dubai XCAT World Series at DIMC Mina Seyahi during the weekend.

By Kt Report

Published: Tue 17 Dec 2013, 4:10 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 6:52 PM

Starting the race at the top of the gate after victory in the race for the Emaar Pole championship, the Fazza duo made no mistakes with a perfect start to take the lead, which they held from beginning to end.

Fazza’s title hopes rested on this race and they had to finish within the top three in order to take the Championship. But by the time the 14 boats had completed the first lap, there seemed little doubt that they would do just that, with their nearest challengers in the Series — Mouawad and Skydive Dubai dropping back from the start.

It was around the seventh of 15 laps that Bin Hendi admitted he and Al Zaffain eased off the pace slightly to ensure no mechanical hitches would stand in their way of a memorable victory in front of an enthusiastic home crowd. “Towards the end we decided to save the engines, we wanted to make sure we finished the race and that we didn’t break anything and lose,” he said.

“So we took it easy on the corners and then pushed it hard in between and kept an eye on the boat in second place to make sure it didn’t come close. We’re obviously feeling very excited now. This is the best thing that could happen” he added. “As we said we said earlier, we pushed at the start to get the lead and control the pace of the race.”

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