New driver in 2018

Mar 201826
New driver

Throttleman Pal Virik Nilsen will have a new driver in the 2018 XCAT World Championship in Team Australia. Last year’s driver Brett Luhrmann will be replaced by Norwegian Jan Trygve Braaten.
Brett had a shoulder operation this winter after the Dubai crash last year. Therefor he has no chance to race this year. 

Brett and Lori Luhrmann will continue as co-owners for the team in 2018 season.

Jan Trygve Braaten has a big and impressive CV from offshore racing.  Many championship titles under his belt mainly from class 3b and 3C.

 Pål Virik Nilsen and Jan Trygve Braaten
Photo: Raffaello Bastiani

Pal says: It will for sure be an interesting season. After we lost the championship title by the smallest margin last year I am sure we can manage to keep the same pace or even more to be able to fight for podiums and race wins this year. I am glad Brett still will be around us as a Team principal because we have a lot of experience together in the boat that we can use positive to gain even more performance in 2018.

Team manager Lars Inge graver says:
It has been a busy winter to plan this season. The changes in the team made the solitaire a bit more complicated. Anyway, I now believe we have a strong crew and even a better boat than last season. This will make us a strong contender for the world title that we lost in a heartbreaking way last year. That is forgotten now and we are more than ready to fight the tittle tells Mr. Graver.


Lars Inge Graver
Team Manager Lars Inge Graver. Photo: Raffaello Bastiani

The team is now in Dubai to prepare the upcoming UIM XCAT World Championship season that starts in Fujairah (UAE) 12 - 13 april.

Follow our journey here:

Pal`s facebook
Team Austalia Powerboat team

pvn 88 (Pal Virik Nilsen)
luhrmannpowersports (Team site)


 Pål Virik Nilsen and Jan Trygve Braaten

Photo: Raffaello Bastiani




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