Hyderabad: All eyes will be on Amaravati as the fifth edition of F1H2O World Championship returns to Indian shores after a gap of 14 long years. The prestigious racing extravaganza will be held on the banks of River Krishna from November 16 – 18, 2018. More than 350 international drivers from the F1H2O circuit will compete to finish first in the debut season of Amaravati in UIM motorboat racing.
The city of Amaravati is set to welcome spectators and racing enthusiasts from across the globe in what promises to be an adrenalin-pumping action. There will be a carnival-like atmosphere with a host of attractions for everyone present. The resident organising committee of the F1H2O Grand Prix is geared to promote water sport culture in the region which will also benefit the local fishermen communities in the area. This is one of the foundation of the Amaravati development project.
Marco Pietrini, Director of Logistics is working closely to set up the teams and is extremely happy with the progress of the state in hosting the gala event, “I am delighted to be here in India and receive the great hospitality from the people of Amaravati. The state of Andhra Pradesh has made grand arrangements to put up a gala show for all spectators and visitors and I am confident this initiative will take the sport to greater heights in the years to come. I won’t be surprised if India has its own team competing on the global arena in the coming years.”
The capital city is gearing up to welcome visitors from across the globe to witness the event. The 23 km stretch along the River Krishna will turn into a carnival site celebrating best of the sport along with a host of other exciting activities to engage the crowd and showcase arts, culture and delectable cuisine of Andhra Pradesh. APTA will also set up viewing galleries near Punnami Ghat and will close the Prakasam Barrage during the two-day event. On 16th November, the powerboats will have a free practise session. On Saturday, 17th November, teams will be battling for pole position while on Sunday afternoon Grand Prix India will start after another free practise session and a spectacular parade tour.
Shri Mukesh Kumar Meena, IAS, Secretary Tourism, Govt of Andhra Pradesh, said, “We are happy to invite sports lovers in Hyderabad to witness the spectacular event that will change the way grand sporting events are held in the country. All eyes will be on Amaravati and we are proud to put our country on the global sporting map with the F1H2O grand prix. Elaborate planning is being done in terms of hospitality and logistics, to welcome spectators and race enthusiasts from across the country and the globe. AP Tourism has been applauded for all the initiatives taken so far and we intend to create solid resonance for Amaravati with F1H2O”
Sandeep Mandava, CEO, India Xtreme of Malaxmi Group, spoke on the occasion and shared further plans “We are glad to have Mr. Marco Peitrini, Director of Logistics, F1H2O in Amaravati to help and guide us. His experience is invaluable and we are confident that with his guidance we will have an event that will be remembered in days to come. We look forward to Hyderabad attending the grand event in big numbers.”
The leading edge F1H20 championship will represent India on the global sporting map and will also witness the sporting ethos and infrastructure in the country. The gala event will be a cherry on top which will also help promote tourism in the state and showcase its outstanding culture on the global stage. This year the championship began in Portugal on May 18 and will end in Sharjah on December 15. The race in Amaravati will see the world’s top teams in action including teams from Portugal, Italy, UAE, France and our very own, Team Amaravati.