Though the Supercat class will follow much of the six-race American Power Boat Association National Championship Series produced by the Offshore Powerboat Association and Powerboat P1 groups in concert with local venue organizers this year, the class also has its own internal national championship schedule. Here are the seven events—with one drop race—on the regular season Supercat-class roster:
• May 20-23—Cocoa Beach, Fla.
• June 25-27—Sarasota, Fla.
• July 31-August 1—St. Clair, Mich.
• August 5-8—Michigan City, Ind.
• September 3-5—St. Petersburg, Fla.
• October 1-3—Clearwater, Fla.
• October 7-9—Fort Myers, Fla.
The drop-race format will add intrigue to the 2021 Supercat-class season. Photo by Pete Boden copyright Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.
The drop-race format allows each team to compete in as many as seven races and drop its worst result. New to the proposed drop-race schedule, which originally was planned for 2020 but never happened because of the COVID-19 pandemic, are the St. Petersburg contest produced by Powerboat P1, which is on the 2021 Class 1 circuit, and the Race World Offshore event in Clearwater.
“I think the 2021 schedule is exactly what we’ve needed for a long time,” said Grant Bruggemann, the throttleman for the Pro Floors Racing team, which claimed the APBA Championship Series Supecat-class title in 2019. “This is a group effort that will continue to grow our sport, which is ultimately what we’re all working toward.”
Added Jay Muller, throttleman for the WHM Motorsports team, which took top honors at the Race World Offshore Key West Championships in 2019, “It looks to be a great schedule and I think it’s going to be a great exciting racing season.”
All of the races on the schedule are APBA-sanctioned, which means they count toward APBA High-Points Championships across all classes.
Like teams in the Class 1 and Super Stock ranks, the Supercat teams will vie for top honors after the regular season at the November 7-14 APBA/UIM World Championships produced by Race World Offshore in Key West, Fla.