Strewth! It’s an Aussie XCAT win in Weihai
Brett Luhrmann and Pål Virik Nilsen drove their Blue Roo XCAT to a dominant victory in Weihai, China today. The Aussie / Norwegian pairing took their first ever win in race 3 of the UIM 2017 XCAT World Championship in fine style.
The race fired into life much later than planned in the original timetable because of tidal conditions.
The Blue Roo led from Victory Team and Team Abu Dhabi, but Lady Spain missed the race after crashing on Friday afternoon.
Racing was to be staged over a start lap, 13 normal laps and two long laps.
The Blue Roo held the advantage but a flying Caccia Engineering made up a lot of ground in poor visibility, as Victory Team dropped to the rear of the field after incurring a penalty lap.
The Blue Roo continued to lead from Team Abu Dhabi, Weihai-China and Caccia Engineering, but the Emirati duo opted for a long lap early on as well and Weihai-China snatched second position and the Victory Team took their long laps.
The Blue Roo continued to press ahead, but still had to take two long laps as Team Abu Dhabi took a second long lap as well and, like Victory Team, now had a clean slate to push through the field over the closing tours.
The Blue Roo, Weihai-China and Caccia Engineering held the top three places before their long laps were taken into consideration.
The leaders decided to take their long laps on tours seven and eight and the order stabilised with the Blue Roo crew maintaining their advantage from Weihai-China (one long lap to run), Swecat Racing, Team Abu Dhabi, Caccia Engineering, while Victory Team were down in ninth position after their penalty lap.
Weihai-China took their second long lap and Swecat Racing and Team Abu Dhabi moved up to second and third behind the Blue Roo, only for Weihai-China to return in third place.
Team Abu Dhabi duly slipped to fourth from a distant Fujairah Team.
The Blue Roo held on to take a maiden victory and push themselves firmly into contention for the XCAT title.