Date: Wed 05 Jul 2017

There was plenty of drama on the water over the weekend as the invitational Powerboat Racing wowed crowds in Sarasota. The P1 Superstock national championship provided plenty of thrills as some of the finest racers went head-to-head with each other, providing breathtaking competition and fierce battles throughout.

In the Extreme division, there was a race to remember between Miss Geico and Alex and Ani, who were almost inseparable throughout the contest as they battled it out for first place. The duo were side-by-side on a number of occasions and put on a superb show for the crowd, with it almost impossible to call who would come out on top. Eventually, the Miss Geico crew of Marc Granet and Scotty Begovich won, claiming victory by 13 seconds and with it taking the full 20 points.

There was disappointment for Team Twisted Metal, who could not complete the 16 laps, leaving them in last behind third place Lucas Oil Silverhook.

The Supercat class provided a real dominant performance from WHM Motorsport, who breezed to victory by a massive two minutes and 15 seconds over their closest rivals The Salt Terminator by CRC Industries. Despite having six entries, only half the field would finish the contest and Pro Floors Racing were unfortunately disqualified after going out of bounds. Cleveland Construction and STIHL were unable to finish, with the team of Myrick Coil and John Tomlinson (Performance Boat Centre/Jimmy Johns-US) securing the last place on the podium.

A red flag halted the P5 category race half way through after the No Vacancy team were injured after their boat flipped over. Driver JJ Turk was ejected from the boat and was taken to hospital after suffering a fracture to his leg.

Despite the incident, Two Cruel collected the 20 points on offer, joining Amendment USA (P3) and Perdition (P4) as the winners of their respected categories.

There was also success for Gettel in the Cat Life class and in the Super Vee Lite race, with Professional Plumbing and Mr.Technology finishing second respectively. Nick’s Creative Marine would perhaps have taken that position from Professional Plumbing but were penalised by a minute for destroying a buoy earlier in the race.

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