Hopes for a sixth Class 1 world powerboat title on track after epic drive

The Class 1 world powerboat championship is set for a nail-biting climax after Britain’s Steve Curtis fought his way to victory in the penultimate race of the season.

The win, in rough waters off Dubai, leaves Curtis (pictured) and his driver Bjorn Gjelsten in Spirit of Norway just five points ahead of arch rivals Ali Nasser and Ali Al Qama in Victory 7.

Spirit of Norway needs now only to finish second in the final race, in Dubai next weekend, for Curtis to secure an unprecedented sixth world title.

Spirit of Norway crossed the finish line just 4.83 seconds ahead in today’s showdown, after a 47-minute race at an average speed of 98.39mph.