Sterling Performance Engines Roar at SBI Key West Worlds

SBI Key West Worlds Day 1: Victories For Defending Champs And More
Written by Matt Trulio and Jason Johnson – speedonthewater.com

With 10- to 15-mph winds coming out of the east and rising one- to three-foot seas, the first contest of the Super Boat International Key West Offshore World Championships in Key West, Fla., concluded today with outstanding performances by a pair of 2017 world champions as well as one 2016 world title holder.

M-Con reached a milestone with its victory—the first in team history—with its win in Key West Wednesday. Photo Credit: Speed on the Water

 

In their best finish of the 2018 season, the AMH Motorsports team of rookie driver/owner Aaron Hope and throttleman Anthony Smith claimed second place in its 38-foot Skater. Never a factor in the battle for the top two slots, the WHM Motorsports duo of owner/driver Billy Mauff and throttleman Jay Muller finished third in its 40-foot Skater.

As for defending Superboat-class world champions driver Myrick Coil and throttleman John Tomlinson in the Performance Boat CenterSkater 388, they found themselves on the outside of the five-boat pack at the start and within the first few laps began developing engine problems.

“The boat felt strong, but on the second or third lap something went wrong with our starboard engine,” Tomlinson said. “We were making ground—I really thought we could have won that race—but the engine lost power. We were down 1,300 to 1,500 rpm.”

 

TEAMS – SUPERBOAT CLASS ENGINES AVG SPEED POSITION
M CON Sterling Performance 91.09 1 – 250.0
AMH MOTORSPORTS Sterling Performance 90.65 2 – 225.0
WHM MOTORSPORTS Sterling Performance 88.84 3 – 202.5
PERFORMANCE BOAT CENTER Sterling Performance 71.55 4 – 182.5
PRO FLOORS Sterling Performance 95.28 5 – 164.5
MGI DIGITAL TECH-KONICA Keeter Performance —— 6 – 148.0

 

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