Abu Dhabi: Team Abu Dhabi, in high spirits after clinching the first of four major powerboat racing titles in their sights this season, are targeting a flying start to the 2019 UIM XCAT World Championship in Stresa, Italy, this weekend.

With three of six rounds provisionally included in the XCAT series still to be confirmed in China, defending champions Faleh Al Mansouri and Shaun Torrente in Abu Dhabi 4 know a victory in the Grand Prix of Italy will give them a huge advantage.

“It’s even more important than normal to make a winning start because we’re not sure how many rounds there will be,” said Al Mansouri.

Al Mansouri and Torrente will be joined in Italy by Rashid Al Tayer and Majid Al Mansouri in Abu Dhabi 5, and all four are almost literally on the crest of a wave after their part in Team Abu Dhabi’s double triumph in the World Endurance Championships in Poland last weekend.