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Last Updated: 15 June 2015
Created: 15 June 2015
Volvo Ocean Race champions Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (ADOR) will race all-out for a final podium place in the epic race’s ninth and final leg to Gothenburg, Sweden, which starts from Lorient, France on Tuesday, June 16.
The team’s unsurpassable points advantage of eight points means they will be crowned winners of the Volvo Ocean Race in Sweden irrespective of their finishing position on Leg 9. However, skipper Ian Walker maintained the Azzam crew was determined to finish its nine-month campaign in style with a final top three placing.
Walker - who will become the first British skipper in the race’s 40-year history to lift the Volvo Ocean Race trophy - said the crew were keen for a good finish in Gothenburg to give the team’s fans in Abu Dhabi and around the world something to cheer about. “We always have so much support from Abu Dhabi and internationally,” Walker said. “Every time we leave the dock, our social media sites are awash with messages from fans spurring us on. A podium place in Sweden would kick off the celebrations perfectly so there will be no holding back.”