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October 18, 2002: Spirit of Norway wins Dubai Grand Prix

Curtis and Gjelsten clinched the 2002 UIM Arbank Class 1 World Offshore Powerboat Championship

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Spirit of Norway's Steve Curtis wave to the crowd with Bjorn Gjelsten after being in first place in the 2002 UIM Class 1 World Offshore Championship with 2nd placer Victory 7's Ali Al Qama and Ali Nasser and Riviera's Bill Barry and Peter Mcgrath in 3rd place at the Dubai International Marine Club. - Gulf News Archives
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2002 - Steve Curtis and Bjorn Rune Gjelsten in Spirit of Norway clinched the 2002 UIM Arbank Class 1 World Offshore Powerboat Championship as their closest rivals for the title, Ali Nasser and Ali Al Qama in Victory 7 rounded off an intriguing season by winning a dramatic Dubai Grand Prix. Even before the start of the championship’s last of eight rounds, sponsored by Emirates airline and Dubai Duty Free, it was clear that it would need a mechanical disaster to prevent Curtis and Gjelsten from clinching the world crown, but the Anglo-Norwegian pairing had a smooth passage to finish second. The real drama unfolded on the 13th of 15 laps, as Nasser and Al Qama, who had led for virtually the entire race, moved wide on a turn, and Saeed Al Tayer and Mohammad Al Merri in Victory 1 briefly took the lead.

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