UIM assigns Class 1 racing to Powerboat P1

Class 1 race start at Myers Beach 2019 - Credit Pete Boden Class 1 race start at Myers Beach 2019 – Credit Pete Boden

The Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM) and Powerboat P1 Management Limited (P1) have announced that P1 has been assigned the international rights to Class 1 offshore powerboat racing. The exclusive agreement is for a period of ten years and includes organisational and promotion rights to the UIM Class 1 World Championship.

This new agreement sees the continuation of a long relationship which Dr. Raffaele Chiulli, President of the UIM, believes will realise the full potential of Class 1 racing:  “We are extremely pleased to have found a strong promotion partner for the UIM Class 1 World Championship. This is excellent news for the friends of spectacular offshore powerboat racing, and we look very much forward to taking the UIM Class 1 World Championship back where it belongs, to the pinnacle of Offshore racing.”

P1 is joint promoter of the APBA Offshore Championship, a multi-class race series that features Class 1 racing, the highest class of powerboat racing which last year attracted teams from the US, the UAE and Australia. P1 Chief Executive, Azam Rangoonwala, is delighted to be taking over the reins of the series.  “Our relationship with the UIM spans almost two decades and, since our business was founded in 2002, we have staged more than 600 races in 18 countries on four continents,” he says. “We now have the exciting opportunity to grow the Class 1 championship in the United States and at the same time develop plans to globalise the series over the coming years. We are currently working with key stakeholders for the return of a six-venue series in 2021 with a strong line-up of international teams and TV coverage plus livestreaming.”

Class 1 racing is set to return in May 2021 at Cocoa Beach on Florida’s Atlantic Coast.

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