NFL superstar Tom Brady’s racing team has taken out the inaugural UIM E1 World Championship in Jeddah after two days of tense competition in front of thousands of fans on the Red Sea.
The world’s first all-electric raceboat championship saw eight teams battle it out under the Jeddah sunshine in high-octane racing, with speeds in excess of 50 knots (92kph / 57 mph), captivating fans as teams competed for the top podium finish.
Hailing from Britain and Finland, Team Brady pilots Sam Coleman and Emma Kimiläinen staged an impressive comeback to beat day one leaders Team Miami, owned by singer-songwriter Marc Anthony. The winning margin was almost 20 seconds with a Team Brady time of 6.58.51.
Cricket superstar Virat Kohli’s Team Blue Rising took third place on the podium.
Season one will continue in some of the most breathtaking coastal cities across the world, including Monaco on 27th July.
“The past two days of competition have surpassed all expectations and the passion, commitment and spirit shown by all of the team pilots has been incredible,” said Rodi Basso, Co-Founder and CEO of E1. “E1 has firmly landed on the global sporting map… Huge congratulations to Team Brady for taking home the first ever E1 Championship trophy.”
Sam Coleman and Emma Kimiläinen said that they are “delighted” to take home the top spot from the first ever E1 event.
“We’ve already had a message through from Tom and he’s super happy with the win. Both Sam and I are so incredibly proud to represent Tom and we’re pleased we were able to make history at E1’s inaugural race,” said Emma, a professional racing driver.
The next stop on the E1 Championship calendar is Venice on 11th and 12th May, with the series culminating in a race to Hong Kong on 9th and 10th November.
Main photo: Team Brady pilots Sam Coleman and Emma Kimiläinen, source: E1