Wednesday’s championship opening race had a little bit of everything. Heavy clashes, side by side action and some excellent powerboat racing.
The first race in the Superboat Vee’s went the way of the Snowy Mountain Brewery Team who finished ahead Boatfloater.com Phantom. The race was marred slightly by a final turn crash involving the then third placed team JD Byrider.]
The team of Mike Fuguero and Frank Sarro rolled the boat twice with Mike being flown to Miami for treatment. Thankfully both are OK.
In race two of the outboard-powered Superboat Stock class there was some excellent action on show for the spectators. Talbot Racing, SOS Venezuela and The Hulk all fought tooth and nail, but it was Talbot Racing who came out on top.
In the final race, the course was shortened due to a number of rough spots, but despite the rough seas, this race was a lot calmer than the two that had preceded it. Team Stihl won the event from Broadco and WHM Motorsports Skater.
Three classes competed in race 1 – Superboat Vee, Production 3 and Production – and it was Snowy Mountain Brewery who roared to a second victory in the Superboat Vee category. Second Amendment finished first in P-3, whilst Five Brothers/Rum Runner won the P-4 group.
Race 2 saw Talbot Excavating blow away the Super Boat International Stock Class with a convincing victory. In the two-boat Superboat Extreme class, Team Hooters finished ahead of Twisted Metal Motorsports.
In race 3 the 48-foot CMS catamaran took first place ahead of the team’s 52-foot boat, which was knocked out of the contest early.
The final race of the day began as a very close contest between Broadco and WHM Motorsports. However, it was Boardco who came out on top ahead of AMSOIL’s and WHM Motorsports.
The bad weather continued to plague the action on Sunday with winds of more than 20 knots forcing several boats airborne and damaging others so badly that they had to drop out. It was easily one of the roughest Key West World Championship finals.
Miss Geico, despite a quiet championship up to Sunday, navigated the heavy froth expertly to take the lead from the start. Averaging 81.2mph over the 41.5 mile course, the team dominated throughout to win their ninth world championship in Key West.
Broadco secured its first Superboat world championship, whilst Hooters Instigator won the Superboat Extreme Class. In the Superboat Vee category, Snowy Mountain made it a hat trick of wins to secure the title.
SOS Venezuela won the Stock class; Black Pearl won the Manufacturer Production Three title and in Production 4 it was InTone Crazy Chicken.
Key West is the Pinnacle
In an early blog post, Richard Carr revealed his feelings about the Key West Championship. Describing it as the ‘pinnacle of powerboat racing’, he hopes that he may again be fortunate enough to race in the championships.
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