Please select your home edition
Maritimo 2023 S600 LEADERBOARD

222 Offshore receive UIM Class 1 Trophy in Monaco

by Roy Mantle 11 Mar 23:17 PDT
222 Offshore in action at Cocoa Beach © Ronny Mac

The 222 Offshore team travelled to Monaco on Saturday to receive the Sam Griffith Trophy awarded to the UIM Class 1 world champions. Australian driver Darren Nicholson and Italian throttleman Giovanni Carpitella were presented with the famous memorial trophy at the 2023 UIM Champions Trophy Ceremony by UIM President Dr. Raffaele Chiulli and Powerboat P1 CEO Azam Rangoonwala.

Fought out over six races at five events - with a mid-term schedule of back-to-back race weekends and three races in a week on Lake Michigan - the 2023 world championship showcased the sport at its absolute best, with Nicholson and Carpitella delivering a near faultless, season-long campaign to win the title.

"The 222 Offshore crew proved to be the class act in an outstanding series against world class opposition in a season that saw three different race winners with six teams and four manufacturers on the podium," said Azam Rangoonwala. "The Sam Griffith Trophy, often described as the most coveted prize in world powerboat racing, dates back to 1964 when Class 1 came of age with a sanctioned world drivers' championship. Sam L. Griffith was a larger than life character who became a sporting hero in the 1950s and it was his name that was selected to adorn the trophy."

Speaking at the awards ceremony in Monte Carlo, the self-effacing Nicholson commented: "When I started racing back in 2011 with Peter 'Muddy' McGrath he told me that I could drive ok and since then racing in three major championships around the world has provided me a lot of seat time to fine-tune my skills. I hope to have the opportunity to keep racing and improve further. Our 222 Offshore team who prepare the boat to the level required to compete consistently at every race demonstrate outstanding skills and unwavering commitment, and Giovanni and I are forever indebted. We are the ones accepting the award but this world championship title belongs to the entire team."

The popular Carpitella added: "Winning the Class 1 title was a dream from when I was very young watching the racing with my father in the 1980s. It was a great season last year. Darren and I are like husband and wife - of course, I'm the husband! What we have achieved together in the sport is really, really incredible and we hope to be back in Class 1 this year to do it all again."

The 2024 UIM Class 1 World Championship will kick off in mid-May at Cocoa Beach on Florida's Space Coast.

Related Articles

Al Qemzi reaches new milestone as Stark wins
Team Abu Dhabi veteran passes 1,000-points mark with battling display Team Abu Dhabi's Thani Al Qemzi reached a new milestone in his illustrious career today as Victory Team's Erik Stark won the Grand Prix of Bình Ð?nh-Vietnam to take the lead in the 2024 UIM F1H2O World Championship. Posted on 31 Mar
UIM F1H2O Worlds: Sharjah rookie grabs victory
As Team Abu Dhabi new boy climbs in Indonesia Sharjah rookie Rusty Wyatt recorded a dramatic victory in the Grand Prix of Indonesia today as Team Abu Dhabi battled through a tough start to the 2024 UIM F1H2O World Championship. Posted on 3 Mar
Team Abu Dhabi duo target Indonesia bonus points
New boy Comparato aims for quick turnaround after setback follows flying start The new Team Abu Dhabi pairing of Thani Al Qemzi and Alberto Comparato will look to shrug off a difficult start to the 2024 UIM F1H2O World Championship after Jonas Andersson claimed poled position today for the Grand Prix of Indonesia. Posted on 1 Mar
Team Abu Dhabi ready for big test
As Andersson sets the standard in Indonesia Team Abu Dhabi are primed for a major test in the Grand Prix of Indonesia tomorrow as champion Jonas Andersson aims for a winning start to his title defence in the 2024 UIM F1H2O World Championship. Posted on 1 Mar
Dramatic finish to Grand Prix of Sharjah
Swede Jonas Andersson rounds off a triumphant season Swede Jonas Andersson rounded off a triumphant season in the UIM F1H2O World Championship today with victory in the Grand Prix of Sharjah, as Team Abu Dhabi's Thani Al Qemzi grabbed a podium place in a dramatic finish. Posted on 10 Dec 2023
Team Abu Dhabi update from Grand Prix of Sharjah
Shaun Torrente was taken to hospital for medical checks following a crash Team Abu Dhabi will decide overnight whether Shaun Torrente can start tomorrow afternoon's Grand Prix of Sharjah after the triple UIM F1H2O world champion was involved in a crash during today's second sprint race on Khalid Lagoon. Posted on 9 Dec 2023
UIM F1H2O World Championship update
Torrente ready for Sharjah battle after Andersson edges to pole position Team Abu Dhabi's Shaun Torrente and Sweden's Jonas Andersson have set the stage for another classic battle to round of the UIM F1H2O World Championship in tomorrow's Grand Prix of Sharjah. Posted on 9 Dec 2023
Fazza claim victory in Khor Fakkan Class 3 Opener
Team Abu Dhabi focus switches to Sharjah as Torrente aims for big finish to F1H2O season Arif Al Zaffain and Nadir Bin Hendi in Fazza secured victory in the opening round of the new UAE Class-3 Offshore Powerboat Championship in Khor Fakkan today. Posted on 9 Dec 2023
UAE Class-3 Offshore Powerboat Championship update
Fazza edge out Team Abu Dhabi to grab Pole Position Team Abu Dhabi were denied pole position today for the opening round of the new UAE Class-3 Offshore Powerboat Championship as Arif Al Zaffain and Nadir Bin Hendi in Fazza produced a late show in Khor Fakkan. Posted on 7 Dec 2023
Team Abu Dhabi face familiar rivals
As new series launches in Khor Fakkan Team Abu Dhabi will be up against familiar rivals when they look to start the new UAE Class-3 Offshore Powerboat Championship with a victory in Khor Fakkan on Thursday. Posted on 3 Dec 2023
Maritimo 2023 S-Series FOOTER