Monday, 22 February, ABU DHABI (U.A.E.): The Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) has confirmed that they will enter a team in the first race of the 2010 UIM-WPPA Class 1 World Powerboat Championship.

The goal of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, ADIMSC chairman, is the participation of Abu Dhabi in the International Sports Events.

In November 2009 Abu Dhabi hosted its inaugural Class 1 Grand Prix and there has been intense speculation that the Emirate might consider a further involvement in the Championship after H.H Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifah Al Nahyan hinted at the possibility of entering a team in the near future.

ADIMSC and the International Offshore Team Association (IOTA), have brokered an agreement that will see Team Abu Dhabi running GiorgiOffshore’s Victory-built, Michael Peters-designed, Lamborghini/Alloni(Scam) V12-powered raceboat, under the flag of the United Arab Emirates Capital, Abu Dhabi, for the first race at the season-opener in Rio De Janeiro, 26-28 March 2010. "I’m extremely happy to have jointly cooperated with ADIMSC to meet the wish of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan in so short a time after his announcement last November, to compete at the first event of the 2010 racing season in a new exciting venue for Class 1." said IOTA chairman, Gianfranco Venturelli.

Emirati, Rashid Al Tayer, an experienced member of F1 Team Abu Dhabi, who has enjoyed multiple podium success, will make his Class 1 Championship debut as driver.

Italian, Nicola Giorgi, a veteran of 71 Class 1 Grands Prix and who has enjoyed podium successes in the last two years, is confirmed as throttleman,. "We are delighted that the ADIMSC and IOTA considered GiorgiOffshore and reached an agreement to utilise our experience and the services and facilities that we can offer." said Nicola Giorgi.