America’s Cup - today’s action from Oman

Sir Ben Ainslie Credit: Lloyd Images
Sir Ben Ainslie Credit: Lloyd Images
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Land Rover BAR made a great recovery to secure third place in the opening race of an action-packed weekend of racing in Oman.

Sir Ben Ainslie and the rest of the America’s Cup teams are in the Arabian Peninsula competing to qualify for the series finale.

And Ainslie’s Portsmouth-based side did well to secure third in the first of today’s three races after a shaky start to proceedings by crossing the start line too early.

They earned a penalty for that move but did well to fight back and claim third, behind winners Emirates Team New Zealand and Oracle Team USA.

In the second race, BAR secured a convincing victory after a great start and topped the day’s standings after Emirates Team New Zealand could only finish fourth, Oracle Team USA coming sixth.

Race three - the final one of the day - saw Ainslie & Co secure back-to-back victories in devastating fashion.

They stormed through the fleet to claim first place by more than a minute ahead of their nearest rivals - Oracle Team USA - with Armetis Racinf crossing the line in third position.

With one third and two first-place finishes, BAR finished the day in top spot on the leaderboard WITH 28 points.

Oracle Team USA finished second overall with 24, and Emirates Team New Zealand third with 22 points.

Racing gets under way again tomorrow at 10am GMT.

Full report and reaction to appear later.