Even for the most casual fan of marine powerboat racing, it’s hard to see this season as anything but a deep crater for Class 1. Miss GEICO team almost assured its final demise, at least stateside. And to a lesser extent, with the exception of the ultra-consistent M CON team and young chariots of fire outfit, the Supercat class hasn’t fared much better. There are, of course, extenuating circumstances – the effects of the pandemic on international tour leaders among them – but the fact remains that for Class 1 and Supercat, the 2021 season has been a disastrous one.
Performance Boat Center leads CMR Roofing and Construction by just four points in the finals of this weekend’s APBA Offshore National Championship Series. Photos by Pete Boden copyright Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.
The bright spot, at least for catamaran fans, was the Super Stock class which averaged nine boats at each of the eight races in the American Power Boat Association Offshore Championship Series. The series ends this weekend in Fort Myers Beach, Florida.
Currently 11 Super Stock teams are—CR Racing, CMR Roofing and Construction, Deep V Cats/Offshore Outlaw, DoubleEdge Motorsports/CoCo’s Monkey, jackhammer, LPC Racing, Paint Factory Racing, Performance Boat Center, Phase 5, Team Allen Lawncare and Landscaping and Bad Motorboats-are registered to participate in the 7-1/2-mile, curve-filled course.
And according to Super Stock class representative Ryan Beckley of the Double edge Motorsports team, the FJ Propeller and YourStorageUnits will also be in the mix, with the exception of last minute outages and mechanical issues. 13 Super Stock cats will take the green flag in Fort Myers Beach on Saturday afternoon.
Even better, the battle for the 2021 APBA Super Stock National Championship has come down to a few teams – the CMR Roofing and Construction cockpit duo of Shaun Torrente and Eric Belisle and Performance Boat Centers Myrick Coil and Rusty Williams. Performance Boat Center leads the series with 584 points, followed by CMR Roofing and Construction with 580 points, CR Racing with 530 points and FJ Propeller with 442 points.
Like Performance Boat Center, CMR will decide its own fate in Fort Myers Beach this Saturday.
“We beat Performance Boat Center, we win,” said Torrente. “And vice versa. They only had to beat us once in the last four races and then we needed help. But they didn’t.”
Performance Boat Centers Coil said that while the team would have clearly preferred a bigger lead over Roar Fort Myers Beach, everyone involved is happy with their current position.
“We wanted a bigger lead, but it’s still good that we determine our own destiny,” he explained. If we just win, we don’t have to worry.”
CR Racing takes third in the Super Stock class points at Roar Offshore Fort Myers Beach.
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