After two years together that included a Superboat-class world championship in 2014, Grant’s Signature Racing and the Broadco Cat 5 Offshore Racing team are heading in separate directions. Based in Bradenton, Fla., Grant’s Signature Racing handled rigging and in-season preparation for Broadco’s 40-foot MTI catamaran, and company principal Grant Bruggemann throttled the boat for team owner/driver Chuck Broaddus.
Said Grant Bruggemann: “We definitely had success with Broadco. Winning the 2014 world championship, letting everybody see what the MTI could do—a new team getting a result like that was fantastic.” Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.
“We want to be free agents,” Bruggemann said. “We have a lot work going on at Grant’s Signature Racing and we want to keep ourselves open for any new offers or new beginnings. So we opted not to renew our contract with Broadco and separated on a good note. There are no hard feelings, definitely not.
“We definitely had success with Broadco,” he continued. “Winning the 2014 world championship, letting everybody see what the MTI could do—a new team getting a result like that was fantastic.”
The world championship-winning Broadco team faced significant adversity this season when they barrel-rolled their catamaran (read the story) at the Super Boat International season-opener in Cocoa Beach, Fla. The MTI team rebuilt the boat and Grant’s Signature Racing re-rigged it in time for this month’s SBI Offshore World Championships in Key West, Fla. The team finished third on Wednesday and Friday, seventh on Sunday and ended up in fifth place overall.
Bruggemann, who handled the Stihl team’s throttling and rigging chores for eight years before joining the Broadco team, said he’ll find a home with another Superboat-class team in 2016.
“I won’t be out of a raceboat boat for long—I’ll definitely be with somebody, somewhere in 2016,” he said. “With the new television show Stihl has brought I think you’re going to see a lot of positive movement in the sport. I think we’re going to see a lot more corporate sponsorship and involvement. So we’re keeping our options open and seeing what the future holds.”
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