Team RG87 Crowned Class 1 V World Champs

2015 UIM Class One World Powerboat Championship Abu Dhabi GRAND PRIX UAE - 4th to 6th November 2015 © Raffaello Bastiani / H2O Racing
2015 Class 1 V World Champions Team RG87. Photo Credit: © Raffaello Bastiani / H2O Racing

Shortly after my post regarding Team Abu Dhabi winning the Class 1 Offshore World Championship – I had learned another Mercury powered boat had captured the Class 1 V World Powerboat Championship on the same weekend. That is newsworthy on its own. However – what is even more enticing is the boat is a 42-foot Fountain poker run hull powered by twin 700 SCi sterndrives. What’s more, the father and son team of Antonio and Giuseppe Schiano, owners of Hi-Performance Italy – a prominent Mercury Racing dealer in Naples, Italy pilot the boat.

Abu Dhabi - U.A.E. 4-6 November 2015 U.I.M. ClassOne World Powerboat Championship Grand Pirx of Abu Dhabi Photo: Simon Palfrader© Editorial Use Only
2015 Class 1 V Champions (L-R): Antonio Schiano, Giuseppe Schiano and Federico Montanari (alternate driver) Photo Credit: Simon Palfrader© Editorial Use Only

Veteran powerboat racer Antonio Schiano said they had a specific strategy in place to capture the championship.  “Consistency ultimately wins races,” said Antonio.

The 42-foot Fountain hull. is powered by twin 700 SCis coupled to dry-sump six drives and 17.50 x 37 Mercury Racing CNC Cleaver propellers.
The superior reliability of the 700 SCi sterndrives worked hand-in-glove with our consistency strategy to earn RG87 the Class 1 V Championship.

“The first day went great. Chaudron were competitive but they ultimately failed an engine – giving us an advantage in the first race. Bernico also ran well and continued to be a threat in race two after a superior start. We decided to follow and put pressure on them. The strategy worked as they too ultimately succumbed to an engine failure that forced them out of the race,” Antonio said.

The techs keep the power rto the water.
Team RG87 won the championship with five blade 17.50 x 37 Mercury Racing CNC Cleaver propellers. Photo Credit: © Raffaello Bastiani / H2O Racing

“The superior reliability of the 700 SCi sterndrives worked hand-in-glove with our consistency strategy to earn us the championship. We were perfect thanks to the wonderful work of the technicians of Hi-Performance Italy, Rosario Schiano, Vincenzo Guidone, Ciro Guide and Vincenzo Alessio, who prepared the boat and motors,” Antonio concluded.

 

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