The UIM XCAT World Championship is ready to get back to Italy: the Stresa Grand Prix will take place on Lake Maggiore on July 6 to 8.
As we anticipated some months ago, the UIM XCAT World Championship is getting prepared for the second stage of the 2018 season. Fifteen carbon fiber catamarans will race in the water, pushed by two Mercury ROS 400 engines for a total of 800 hp. The boats will reach speeds in excess of 200 km/h (125 mph) on Lake Maggiore, right by the beautiful Isole Borromee: not just an iconic location, but also an historical one as the very first powerboating race in the world was held here, in front of Stresa, in 1903.
Not just XCAT action
The weekend will be busy with events, with pole position on Friday 6 and two races on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8. Beside the XCAT boats, many other competitions will take place, also thanks to the cooperation with the Italian Powerboating Federation FIM. Among these, the challenges of Formula Junior for young boaters, and the fascinating races of Historic Boats.
The Stresa leg is the second appointment in the 2018 World Championship calendar, which already touched the United Arab Emirates and – after Italy – will go for a long trip to China with no less than four legs scheduled. The actual leaders in the ranking are the several-times world champions Arif al Zaffein and Nadir bin Hendi, from UAE, on their boat curiously named “Dubai Police”.
The UIM XCAT World Championship raced already on Lake Maggiore in 2013 and 2014, when an enthusiastic presence from the public filled the shores of the Lake to attend some of the most thrilling races ever: everything suggests that the comeback to this location will be an unmissable event for all the sport and action enthusiasts in the world. And if you are not planning to go (although the location is definitely worht a weekend) you’ll have the chance to follow the races from the couch through the dedicated web channels, accessible from www.x-cat.racing.com.