Historic 400 ROS Victory!
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 it 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.
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!
“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.
Rick Mackie, Mercury Racing