P1: Italian Teams Sicilian GP preview

THE ITALIAN POWERBOAT P1 TEAMS TURN UP THE HEAT Getting Ready to Rumble in Sicily With the Sicilian Grand Prix momentum heating up, the Italian teams are going to the mattresses on their "home" turf. In Evolution Class the 3rd place...

THE ITALIAN POWERBOAT P1 TEAMS TURN UP THE HEAT

Getting Ready to Rumble in Sicily

With the Sicilian Grand Prix momentum heating up, the Italian teams are going to the mattresses on their "home" turf.

In Evolution Class the 3rd place Cigarette Smash Poker team manager Eugenio Voltolina got creative in an effort to Cigarette and Buoy get a leg-up on his competition. His team says he was inspired by the legendary Greek mathematician Archimedes who made very brilliant deductions while in Syracuse, but it seems Voltonlina just used some "sea" smarts and common sense. The Cigarette Racing Team, with the help of partner Adria Yachts Group, built a replica of the Syracuse, Sicily race course off the coast of Rimini, one of his IBS Yachts locations.

The team has been testing different set-ups to prepare for the difficult Sicilian circuit which includes approximately 13 buoys and several sharp turns. The team is also testing with the help of its technology partners, Studio Ti, Magneti Marelli, Garmin, Victory Engineering and Flexitab. In Rimini, Luca Formilli Fendi and Matteo Nicolini, are taking the training for the final decisive race of the season very seriously.

The Cigarette team invested heavily in technology this year with Flexitab's new water intake, trim tabs, and new Soft Shock Seat which was a project from Sea Horse International, Genset, Andreani Group and Sparco. The team hopes to pull it all together in this Grand Prix finale.

The 2nd place Naples rivals, the SNAV OSG team added another sponsor for the Sicily race, Garelli Italia motorcycles and mopeds. Though the technology might not help on the water, Giancarlo Cangiano will be up-to-speed in the pits on his new XO Scooter!

Marco Pennesi and Max Ferrari are scheduled to be back for the Sicily show-down. Though the Metamarine Pignolo 53 team cannot compete in the points standings because of its missed races, there are still Italian bragging rights and the manufacturer of the Metamarine hull will clearly want to defend his hull's reputation for strength and speed.

In SuperSport, the Baia Attolini team and Seagull Chaudron may literally battle it out. Though the Chaudron Spirit of the Ukraine also has a Maltese and Ukrainian team member, count on Angelo Tedeschi to be saying a novena to beat his rivals to the podium. Though the two Al & Al teams, Big Sergio and Blue Shaft, have not been in serious contention in the points standings, with the Saho Italian team back in the mix as a Wild Card in a Donzi that was known to show speed in the 2008 season, there should be some additional stiff competition in the back of the pack as well as in the front.

-credit: p1

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