Saudi Deputy Minister of Sport Bader bin Abdulrahman Al-Kadi presented here yesterday the UIM E1 World Championship winning cup to Team Brady.
E1 is the first electric raceboat championship sanctioned by the Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM), the world governing body of powerboating. This first-ever championship, which was organized by the Saudi Water Sports and Diving Federation (SWSDF) and concluded yesterday, was held in cooperation with the Ministry of Sport and in partnership with E1; 16 men and women drivers from different countries took part in eight teams.
Team Brady scored 20 points, which will support the team during the rest of the first season of this year.
E1 Founder and Chairman Alejandro Agag crowned Team Miami, which won second place with 17 points, and SWSDF President Prince Sultan bin Fahd bin Salman crowned third-place winners, Team Rafa, which scored 14 points.
Team Blue Rising came in fourth with 10 points, Team Sergio Perez fifth with eight points, Team Drogba placed sixth with five points, the Saudi team ranked seventh with 3 points, and Team Brazil came last with one point.
Tom Brady team boat drivers Sam Coleman and Emma Kimilainen expressed satisfaction with this first-ever championship in Jeddah, which gave their team a comfortable win.
Coleman said that the races in Jeddah helps competitors gain experience that will help them with the rest of the first season of the championship.
Saudi Aoki racing team driver Mashael AlObaidan said: “I am proud and happy with the support of the SWSDF and the Saudi people for us, the Saudi team in the first E1 championship of its kind, and I look forward to the second round of the championship season in Italy, in May 2024.”
The 2024 UIM E1 World Championship season, which started in the Kingdom, will continue in Venice, Italy, and several other cities in the world, and will conclude in Hong Kong in November this year.
BY: Nadeem Faisal Baiga