Finishing at the back of the fleet in Dubai didn't prevent Britain's Steve Curtis winning an unprecedented seventh Class I world championship on Friday.

Finishing at the back of the fleet in Dubai didn’t prevent Britain’s Steve Curtis winning an unprecedented seventh Class I world championship on Friday.

DrivingSpirit of Norwayalongside Norweigian Bard Eker, he entered this final round series with a 17.5 point lead over Mohammed Al Marri and Jean Mace Sanchez aboardVictory 77that later won the race.Spirit of Norwaystarted well and look set to repeat its winning success in the last two rounds when it suddenly lost power on one of its two engines.

Curtis and Eker only needed to finish to swing the result in their favour and carried on at less than half the winner’s speed to collect two points. This was sufficient to give them the world title by the smallest ever championship margin of 1.5 points.

Dubai Grand Prix Results

1st Victory 77

2nd Jotun

3rd Negotiator

2005 World Powerboat Championship

Final Positions

1st Spirit of Norway 105.5pts

2nd Victory 77 104pts

3rd Qatar 96 81.5 pts