DOHA, QATAR 2009: Unlimited Hydroplane race course laid out for Oryx Cup UIM World Championship
The course has been laid out in Doha Bay for the Oryx Cup UIM World Championship race. All four flights of qualifications heats will be four laps and the winner-take-all World Championship race will be five laps.
Doha is the capital city of Qatar with a population of more than 400,000 people. It's located in the Persian Gulf and is Qatar's largest city and economic center.
The UIM Championship will be the final race of the 2009 season for the Unlimiteds and called the Oryx Cup.
UPDATE: The race will be run on a 2 mile course on Qatar Bay running parallel with the city's downtown skyline in the background.
The Qatar Marine Sports Federation hosts Class 1 Offshore, Formula 1 and Formula 2000 tunnel boat events annually and campaigns racing teams in those categories in International competition.
"The race site is perfect for fans," said Ken Muscatel, who traveled recently with Sam Cole to Qatar to get a first hand look at the course. "We reviewed the entire course," he said. "Spectacular."
"From a racer's standpoint, it's a fast course," said Muscatel. "As good or better than San Diego."
It's a salt water course. "The salt content is similar to San Diego," said Muscatel. "Maybe less. And it's flat as a pancake."
"I can hardly wait to run my boat on this course." Muscatel said. "The location of this race is impressive and the water looks to be ideal for our boats. The speeds will be fast."