In a nail-biting Superboat Class battle that saw New Zealand racers Pro-Floors Racing dominating in the lead to dropping out of the race completely, it was M-CON, a 40’ Skater driven by Tyson Garvin and throttled by owner Tyler Miller, that won Wednesday’s third of four races at the 38th annual Key West World Championships.
Pro-Floors Racing, owned and driven by Wayne Valder of New Zealand and throttled by Grant Bruggermann of Bradenton, FL, badly damaged their 39’ MTI in a crash in SBI’s Clearwater race in September, but managed to lease a 38’ Skater for the Key West races. The boat led for several laps, but later went off plane with smoke seen coming out of the boat after the boat presumably suffered an electrical issue. They left the course under tow.
Finishing in second place was AMH Motorsports, a 38’ Skater owned and driven by Aaron Hope and throttled by Anthony Smith. Rounding out the podium finish was this year’s National Champion, WHM Motorsports, a 40’ Skater owned and driven by Billy Mauff and throttled by Jay Muller.
Defending World Champion Performance Boat Center/Jimmy John’s, a 38’ Skater driven by Myrick Coil and throttled by John Tomlinson, finished fourth.
Next up: Superboat Unlimited class is Wednesday’s final of four races.