Show goes on for RC44 World Championship
Published on October 6th, 2022
The 2022 RC44 World Championship taking place October 12-16 in Slovenia has eight owner-driven professional teams vying for the title. It has been a difficult year for a class populated with Russian teams amid a war-time climate which has banned their participation due to the Ukrainian crisis.
Only 3-time World Champion Vladimir Prosikhin’s Team Nika remains, though they have reflagged themselves from Russia to Monaco. It is not clear how this is possible, as Monaco may offer residency but rarely issues citizen rights, and international classes must defend their designation through global participation audits
The top team in 2022 has been Slovenian Igor Lah’s Ceeref powered by Hrastnik 1860 with British ace Adrian Stead calling tactics, followed by Dutchman Nico Poons’ Charisma led by Kiwi tactician Hamish Pepper. Ceeref is a 2-time world titlist while for Charisma it would be their first since joining the class in 2015.
It has been a decade since the RC44 World Championship was held on the Adriatic in Rovinj, Croatia, some 30 miles to the south of Portoroz in 2012.