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Pre-Flight Check-In with John Tomlinson

Made a note to myself last weekend: “Call JT pre AD Monday A.M.” So I did just that yesterday morning.

Of course, any respectable offshore powerboat-racing fan knows that “JT” equals John Tomlinson, the co-owner of TNT Custom Marine in Miami and one of the best—if not the best—throttleman in history. A bit more cryptic, “AD” stands for Abu Dhabi, the Middle Eastern country he races for on the Union Internationale Motonautique Class 1 circuit. To date, Tomlinson and driver Gary Ballough have won the first two races—both in Italy—of the 2015 UIM Class 1 season in the Abu Dhabi team’s 48-foot MTI (stands for Marine Technology Inc.) catamaran.

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Tomlinson is optimistic about the upcoming SBI World Championships in Key West, Fla., for the CMS team, but far from overconfident. Photo courtesy/copyright Jay Nichols/Naples Image

That puts Tomlinson, who will board a plane bound for Abu Dhabi on Thursday night—hence the “pre” in my note to self—and Ballough in good shape to take the 2015 UIM Class 1 World Championship, as there are just two races left in this season. That’s right, the entire 2015 Class 1 season consists of just four races. No “world championship” round at the end in some exotic European or Middle Eastern locale, just four races and out.

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