SINGAPORE: Hot on the heels of September's F1 race, the waters at Marina Bay will come alive with high speed powerboats.
After a five-year absence, the F1 Powerboat race is set to make a splash at the Bay this November, making Singapore the second city after Abu Dhabi, to host both such races on tarmac and water.
The UIM F1 Powerboat
race ended its run in Singapore in 2005 despite being a hit with fans.
But it was a matter of time before the race returned to Singapore.
This time, it will take a slightly different format, called the F1 Nations Cup.
Scott Gillman, a four-time F1 Powerboat World Champion and one of the drivers for Team USA in the F1 Nations Cup, said: "There is 20 boats all built exactly the same, so they have the same boat, same engine and everything. So the competition should be very good because it is all equal, so it should be down to the driver."
The boats are less powerful than their F1 version but have similar acceleration coupled with lighter frames. Capable of hitting speeds of 200km per hour, the boats also use more environmentally-friendly engines and fuel. Eight teams, with two boats and two drivers each, will be competing.
Organisers are also hoping to get Singapore to field a team. The overseas promoter together with local representatives, are finalising the logistics and meeting the relevant authorities this week.
Boats will be launched from the floating platform, with the road between the seating area and platform used as the pit area.
The new contract is for three years, but already the organisers are looking to expand the number of races.
Raimondo Di San Germano, Business Development and Financial Director of H20 Racing, said: "It will be great to have two weekends, with Formula One, Nations Cup and why not Aquabike as well...we are looking at a water festival here in Marina Bay and Sentosa."
There are also plans to possibly leverage on this year's Singapore Grand Prix.
Zalinah Jantan, Managing Director of Maxit International, said: "Another thing that we want to do is to bring in boats earlier before the event, and maybe do displays to hype up the event."
The Singapore race will be staged on the November 19 and 20. It will be the second in the inaugural series this year, after Abu Dhabi in October.
The event will see four races over the weekend, each lasting about 45 minutes. And the organisers are expecting about 100,000 to 200,000 spectators to line the entire Marina Bay area and catch the high speed action on water.
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