2018 SBI Key West World Championships Recap

SBI Key West Worlds Day 3: CR Racing, Marker 17, WHM, Wake Effects Take Titles
Written by Matt Trulio and Jason Johnson

With Sunday’s double-points format, the Super Boat International Offshore World Championships in Key West, Fla., never fails to produce pleasant and unpleasant surprises. And in today’s third and final round of racing, there was plenty of fortune and misfortune to go around in the calmest conditions of the week.

Never to be counted out, Billy Mauff and Jay Muller piloted WHM Motorsports to yet another Superboat-class world title. Photo Credit: speedonthewater.com

 

With the MGI Digital/Konica Minolta team joining the Superboat-class ranks for Sunday’s contest, the six-boat fleet got off to a fast start with the WHM Motorsports team—plagued by engine issues in the first two races—of driver/owner Billy Mauff and throttleman Jay Muller taking the lead early. No such problems seemed to affect the team, which returned to its typically fast and aggressive self, this afternoon.

Mauff and Muller ran away with the Superboat-class contest and claimed the title.

“Not a bad way to finish, right?” Muller said. “I wanted to save the best for last, but we were still five miles per hour off what we usually are with the same set of props. We have some delamination on the bottom of the boat and that was slowing us down.

“It was all or nothing today,” he added. “Billy is ecstatic. We’ve been a little down all week because we’re not used to running like this with a third-place and fourth-place finish. But we finished first when it mattered.”

Here are the Unofficial Results from SuperBoat.com.

TEAMS – SUPERBOAT CLASS ENGINES AVG SPD & DIST. POSITION
WHM MOTORSPORTS Sterling Performance 92.17 – 138.80 1 – 885.00
PERFORMANCE BOAT CENTER Sterling Performance 87.25 – 130.10 2 – 857.50
M CON Sterling Performance 93.43 – 138.80 3 – 857.50
AMH MOTORSPORTS Sterling Performance 93.86 – 134.40 4 – 804.00
PRO FLOORS Sterling Performance 94.12 – 60.50 5 – 625.00
MGI DIGITAL TECH-KONICA Keeter Performance 95.61 – 55.00 6 – 365.00

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