What began as the closest contest of the day at the Super Boat International Offshore World Championships in Key West, Fla., ended with an ultimately dominant performance by the Broadco team of owner/driver Chuck Broaddus and throttle/crew chief Grant Bruggemann in their Superboat-class 40-foot MTI catamaran. The early close battle between Broadco and WHM Motorsports, a brand new 40-foot Skater catamaran owned and driven by Billy Mauff and throttled by Jay Muller for all intents and purposes ended with WHM’s spin in the Mallory Square turn. (Still, the WHM’s spinout didn’t prevent Mauff and Muller, who throttled Talbot Excavating to first-place Stock-class finish earlier today, from working their way back and finishing third behind Team AMSOIL’s Bob Teague and Paul Whittier.)
Said Broaddus: “We couldn’t ask for a better world championship heading into Sunday.” Photo courtesy/copyright Kevin Rooney.
“Broadco had a great day,” said Bruggemann. “We nailed the setup, had a great start and left everybody in the dust. WHM was behind us for a while, so we just concentrated on our racing lines. In the harbor turn, I could see WHM in my mirror going through our wash. They spun it around but stayed right side up, and then they were running again. We’re just so happy—we couldn’t do it with our sponsors Gearhead Haircuts, Ilmor Marine, Broadco and PODs.”
Broaddus was equally pumped up about the victory. “I don’t even know what to say—I’m beside myself,” he said. “The boat was on fire and it was the flattest I’ve ever seen Key West, very unusual for here. Thanks to our crew, the boat was perfectly prepared. That takes all the stress out of it. We have the best crew in the world.
“Billy was right on our butt until he spun, but he got back in shape and kept racing and race his way all the way to third behind AMSOIL,” he added. “We couldn’t ask for a better world championship heading into Sunday.”
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