For any of the frontrunners of the Superboat class to be able to take home the world championship ahead of the Broadco team, several things needed to happen during the Super Boat International Key West Offshore World Championships in Key West, Fla. Fortunately for Chuck Broaddus and Grant Bruggemann, none of those things happened as the driver and throttleman of Broadco earned the world championship in Broadus’ 40-foot MTI by taking first place in Sunday’s race.
Chuck Broaddus and Grant Bruggemann won the Superboat class world championship in Sunday’s final race.
“We had a great day today—it was definitely a race of attrition,” Bruggemann said minutes after returning to the race pits. “Chuck drove a great race and I throttled that thing as hard as I could. We’re so happy with the outcome. And you know what? Most people think the MTIs aren’t that good in the rough, but that 40-foot MTI is fantastic. Besides a fuel pump problem we had toward the end of the race, we didn’t have any problems.
“That was a fun race,” he continued. “We had a couple of closely contested laps with WHM Motorsports. They passed us, we passed them and then they passed us again before they had some problems and dropped out.”
According to Bruggemann, who was trailing the Stihl team of J.R. Noble and Mark Kowalski early in the race, the Stihl Skater broke a gimbal off the back of the boat and left the race. A couple of laps later, the WHM Motorsports team of Billy Mauff and Jay Muller broke and lost the slight lead it had on Broadco.
The rest was history as Broadco outlasted Team AMSOIL and Racing for Cancer. The final standings will be available on speedonthewater.com as soon as the results are official.
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