Thrills and spills as XCATS take over Broadwater

GOLD Coasters will line the Broadwater for more XCAT thrills and spills today.

Organisers of the World Series event, which is being staged on the Glitter Strip for the first time, estimate a crowd of 10,000 converged on The Spit yesterday for the Speed Cat Run.

In an awesome display of sheer speed and horsepower, Team Dubai executed a complete 180 degree flip, transfixing the onlookers, but leaving pilots Salem Al Adidi and Eisa Al Ali inverted in their craft until safety boats could reach them.


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“It was a combination of a number of bad factors,” Eisa Al Ali said. “At the time we were at top speed, close to the finish line. We were up against the fastest team and we just had to go for it.”

Italian team T-Bone Station, claimed the podium in an exhilarating head-to-head drag race, co-piloted by Australian Darren Nicholson from Newcastle, in his first XCAT appearance.

While the Speed Run will not alter the positioning in today’s main Round 4 race, valuable championship points were gained across the board that catapulted T-Bone Station from 10th place overall to 7th.

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Image: Supplied

Team Gold Coast Australia, piloted by locals Tom Barry‐Cotter and Ross Willaton claimed the third fastest time.

“We’re very thrilled with the result in our first time out in an official qualifying session,” enthused Barry-Cotter.

“To be on the podium is something that wasn’t even a goal really, it was only to be in the top five. I’m absolutely ecstatic with the result.”

Round 4 will kick off at 2pm today.