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10 boats to race in 2008
Posted On: 25 Jan 2008 - 19:51
Ten boats will line up for the season opener in Doha, Qatar on Saturday, 1 March with several significant changes in driver-throttleman partnerships announced at the Dusseldorf Boat Show.

Victory Team Manager, Gianfranco Venturelli, confirmed that the 2007 Class 1 World and European Champions, Arif Saif Al Zafeen and Jean-Marc Sanchez will line up in different boats, but that the new pairings will not be revealed until just before the first race.

Qatar Team Principal, Sheikh Hassan Bin Jabor Al-Thani, revealed that he will line up alongside eight-times World Champion, Steve Curtis, in Qatar 96 with Matteo Nicolini partnering Abdullah Al-Sulaiti in Qatar 95. Nicolini confirmed that both boats will run the Skema V12 powerplants.

Giampaolo Montavoci has confirmed Norwegian, Kolbjorn Selmer as his new wheelman in Foresti & Suardi and Ugland Offshore Racing confirmed that throttleman Jorn Tandberg will be joined in the cockpit by Class 1 newcomer, Inge Brigt Aarbakke and Bjorge Jacobsen who will share driving duties. Nicola Giorgi is yet to announce who will partner him in 2008 but did confirm that the team have replaced their Cougar with a Michael Peters designed-Victory hull. Team One will make their Class 1 debut in 2008 but has yet to confirm their driver partnership; one name being mentioned is Frenchman, Jerome Brarda. A second new Team will be headed by Domenico Cirilli.

The only outfit to field an unchanged line-up in 2008 is Negotiator, with Chris Parsonage and Bard Eker staying with the Sterling V8s and looking to build on their impressive second half season-showing and double podium success last season.

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