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Marc Anthony’s team scores the first ever pole position in the history of the sport

The UIM E1 World Championship on last weekend (3 to 5 Feb) arrived on the Red Sea and wowed crowds on the opening day of competition at the E1 Jeddah GP.

The Team Miami RaceBird, piloted by American Anna Glennon and Swede Erik Stark, owned by legendary singer songwriter Marc Anthony, completed the course in 6:23:33.

Pipping to the post Team Rafa, who came in just ten seconds behind Team Miami, took second place during qualification with a time of 6:33.62

The world’s first all-electric raceboat championship sees eight teams battle it out in high-octane racing across two days in Jeddah to become ‘Champions of the Water’.

Season one will dock in some of the most breath-taking coastal cities across the world – with seven races scheduled in its debut year in a Race to Hong Kong – culminating on 9 and 10 November.

“What an incredible first day in Jeddah and a tremendous performance by Anna and Erik to come out top, beating stiff competition by Team Rafa. This sport has unbelievable potential. We are going all out for the win on the final day of the GP tomorrow.” - Marc Anthony New E1 team owner
“I felt like I was flying on the water in the RaceBird today and am delighted that Erik and I were able to put in a strong performance on day one. We make a tremendous team and can’t wait to turn up again tomorrow and hopefully bring the first ever E1 cup home for Marc and Team Miami.” - Anna Glennon
The first day of racing in Jeddah was exhilarating and the competition fierce as the teams battled it out during qualification. The speed, skill and dedication of the pilots was evident as Team Miami came out on top. Our mission to drive change through this brilliant new sport – and sports entertainment – continues tomorrow with our final day under the Saudi sun.” - Rodi Basso CEO & Co-founder of E1
Position, Team & Time
  • 1 – Team Miami Powered by Magnus – 6.23.33
  • 2 – Team Rafa – 6.33.62
  • 3 – Team Brazil By Claure Group – 6.39.44
  • 4 – Team Drogba – 6.40.07
  • 5 – Team Brady – 6.40.12
  • 6 – Team Blue Rising – 6.44.66
  • 7 – Aoki Racing Team – 6.55.73
  • 8 – Sergio Perez E1 Team – 7.10.55

First bragging rights to Tom Brady at first-ever UIM E1 World Championship in Jeddah

The final day of the UIM E1 World Championship in Jeddah concluded with a convincing win by NFL superstar Tom Brady’s racing team, 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, with the next stop Venice on 11 and 12 May and the series culminating in a Race to Hong Kong on 9 and 10 November.

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.” - Emma Kimiläinen
“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. E1 has firmly landed on the global sporting map, and our next stop Venice is set to be another tremendous event. Huge congratulations to Team Brady for taking home the first ever E1 Championship trophy.” - Rodi Basso CEO & Co-founder of E1
“Fantastic. Incredible. Amazing. What a weekend of powerboat racing with packed out crowds and close competition between eight amazing racing teams.” - Alejandro Agag Chairman and co-founder of E1

Sam Coleman was introduced to powerboat racing in 2013 by his sister Daisy Coleman. The Welshman has gone on to become a house-hold name in the P1 SuperStock class where he has won four World Championships.

Emma Kimiläinen is a Finnish racing driver who has been competing on the professional motor racing circuit since 2005. Emma has competed in various series such as the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship and W Series, where she finished 5th in her debut season in 2019. Her best W Series finish came in the 2021 season, claiming a place on the podium, finishing 3rd place.

The spectacle of the UIM E1 World Championship will touchdown this May in Venice – bringing the innovation of electrified racing to the historic waterways of the City of Water.

Full time results:

Position, Team & Time

  • 1 – Team Brady – 6.58.518
  • 2 – Team Miami powered by Magnus – 7.17.268
  • 3 – Team Blue Rising – 7.43.835
  • 4 – Team Rafa 7.51.941


Aoki Racing Team

Sergio Perez E1 Team

Team Rafa

Team Blue Rising

Team Brady

Team Brazil

Team Drogba

Team Miami powered by Magnus


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