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Abu Dhabi bid for unique double victory

Abu Dhabi bid for unique double victory ~ Volvo Ocean Race

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing’s British skipper Ian Walker (GBR) has the chance of a unique double victory in the 12th edition of the Volvo Ocean Race.

Walker and his team are eight points clear of their closest rivals, Team Brunel (Bouwe Bekking/NED) in the overall standings, and they are currently leading the In-Port race series by four points. Again with Team Brunel in second place, but in this competition, the podium places are very much still up for grabs.

For Sunday’s In-Port race in Lorient, six of the seven teams – Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, Team Brunel, Team SCA, Team Alvimedica (Charlie Enright/USA), MAPFRE (Iker Martínez/ESP) and Dongfeng Race Team (Charles Caudrelier/FRA) – still have chances of podium places, with two races of the 10-part series to be decided, here in Lorient and in Gothenburg at the end of June.

The series is also a tiebreaker for the offshore competition and that could be key since teams could still finish up tied after Leg 9.

“We will be giving it everything we have got,” said Walker. “My team have sailed really well in the in-port series too and we’ll certainly be pressing as hard as we can to bring more silverware back home to Abu Dhabi. That’s our focus now.”

MAPFRE are the in-form team, having won the last two in-port races in Newport, Rhode Island, and Lisbon, and to boost their cause, skipper Iker Martínez is back at the helm having missed Leg 8 to Lorient due to Olympic training commitments.

He will also sail the final leg to Gothenburg, via a pit-stop in The Hague, which starts from Lorient at 1600 UK/1700 local time on Tuesday, 16 June.

The SCA In-Port Race Lorient, takes place in the Brittany port at 13:00 UK/14:00 local time on Sunday.Abu Dhabi bid for unique double victory

Volvo Ocean race – Overall after Leg 8
1. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing 1 3 2 2 1 2 5 3 19pts
2. Team Brunel 3 1 5 5 4 3 1 5 27pts
3. Dongfeng Race Team 2 2 1 3 8 1 4 7 29pts
4. MAPFRE 7 4 4 1 2 4 2 4 31pts
5. Team Alvimedica 5 4 3 4 3 5 3 6 33pts
6. Team SCA 6 6 6 6 5 6 6 1 44pts
7. Team Vestas Wind 4 8 8 8 8 8 8 2 54pts

Volvo Ocean race – In-Port Overall
1 Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing 2 1 3 2 6 2 3 21pts
2 Team Brunel 4 2 2 4 2 1 5 5 25pts
3 Team SCA 6 3 1 5 1 4 4 4 28pts
4 Team Alvimedica 1 6 5 3 5 6 2 3 31pts
5 MAPFRE 3 7 6 6 3 5 1 1 32pts
6 Dongfeng Race Team 5 4 4 1 4 3 6 6 33pts
7 Team Vestas Wind 7 5 8 8 8 8 8 7 59pts

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