Historic 400 ROS Victory!

practice during day three of the Fujairah Grand Prix - the firts round of the UIM XCAT World Series 2016 where 14 boats are competing. XCAT, short for extreme catamaran, is one of the most challenging and extreme forms of powerboat racing in the world at the Fujairah International Marine Sports Club on April 8, 2016 in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates.
Twin Mercury Racing 400 ROS competition outboards powered Victory Team to win the Fujairah Grand Prix. Photo: XCAT World Series.
MR ROS - The New Boss of XCAT!
MR ROS Showed Em Who’s BOSS!

Twin Mercury Racing 400 ROS competition outboards powered Victory Team to win the Fujairah Grand Prix, Friday, April 8 on the Gulf of Oman in Fujairah, U.A.E. The race was round one of the 2016 XCAT World Series. The event is historic in that marks the first official race victory for our venerable 400 ROS competition outboard. 2016 is the first year the new four strokes can compete and earn points in XCAT competition. All but four of the 14-boat field featured 400 ROS power!

The engines ran flawlessly, providing the defending XCAT World Series champions a dominant start-to-finish performance.  Victory pilots Arif Saif Al-Zafeen and Nadir bin Hendi earned double points for also winning the Dubai Duty Free Speed Cat trials on Thursday.

 

MR ROS Showed em Who’s BOSS! 

race during day three of the Fujairah Grand Prix - the first round of the UIM XCAT World Series 2016 where 14 boats are competing. XCAT, short for extreme catamaran, is one of the most challenging and extreme forms of powerboat racing in the world at Fujairah International Marine Sports Club on April 8, 2016 in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates.
All but four of the 14 boat field were powered by Mercury Racing 400 ROS competition outboards. Photo: XCAT World Series

The 14-lap race (start lap, 11 normal laps and an additional two long laps) was stopped early on when Team Australia flipped. Fortunately, the pilots are ok. Unfortunately, they were running in the top four positions at the time of the accident. Victory Team again bolted into the lead on the restart, finishing well ahead of second place finishers Tom Barry Cotter and Ross Willaton in Gold Coast Australia. Swecat, piloted by Erik Stark and Mikael Bengtsson, finished third.   Team Dubai and Carpisa Yamamay rounded out 4-5. All we’re powered Mercury Racing 400 ROS outboards!

MGM2915
Second, First, and Third place winners of the Fujairah Grand Prix, Tom Barry-Cotter and Ross Willaton of Gold Coast Australia, Arif Al Zaffain and Nadir Bin Hendi of Victory Team, and Mikael Bengtsson and Erik Stark of Swecat Racing- Photo: Darren Arthur

“It was dream race, yes, but the challenge was very tough,” said Bin Hendi.  In regards  to the restart he said, “We were leading at the start so mentally it upsets you a bit up and down because you have to do the start again. You don’t know what’s going to happen and you predict a lot of things but luckily it went in our favor and as you saw, Victory boats are always very good at the start.”

Round two for the 2016 XCAT World Series is the Dubai Grand Prix, April 15-16.

 

Share Share

2 thoughts on “Historic 400 ROS Victory!”

  1. hi rick or scott,

    i am getting a new 28 eliminator speedster ready in early 2017. i plan to use the best available prop at that time. it seems all of the cats tested with 400 verados have performed best with the CNC 5 blade prototypes. do you think that will still be the case in the next 3-6 months?
    will there be lower cost alternatives, such as a cast version of the CNC cleaver?
    speeds should be in 125-130 range with this relativly lite, around 4500lbs cat.
    thanks,
    dave

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

2 − 1 =