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Date: Sun 01 Jul 2018

HotelPlanner Sarasota Grand Prix Day 1 Recap

Visit Jacksonville and Visit St. Pete/Clearwater take P1 SuperStock race wins on Day 1 of HotelPlanner.com Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix

The HotelPlanner Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival saw drama, as Visit Jacksonville and Visit St. Pete/Clearwater took home a race victory each on the opening day.

International crews from the UK and USA took to water, with choppy conditions present, after thunderstorms had interrupted the first scheduled race on Saturday morning.

However, fans who’d gathered in both the race pits and on Lido Beach didn’t have to wait for too long to see the drivers piloting the P1 Panthers, as race one got underway in the late afternoon.

Once the Neolith pace boat dropped the green flag and released the five-strong field, Scottish father and daughter duo Davie and Ashleigh Finlayson took an early lead in the GoToSteves.com boat, closely followed by George Ivey and Brian Lynch of Visit Jacksonville.

At the halfway point, the Scottish crew were still in the lead of the race, with Visit Jacksonville still on their tail. And then, with just a few minutes to go, Ivey and Lynch overtook the leaders with a great passing move to slide into top spot with six laps to go.

Visit Jacksonville maintained their lead through to the race’s conclusion, with the GoToSteves.com boat doing a sterling job in finishing second, while Gallagher took third place. GEICO Racing and Visit St. Pete/Clearwater rounded out the rest of the field.

The P1 SuperStock powerboats then came back out for their second race of the day, with more vital championship points on offer for the victor.

Visit St. Pete/Clearwater took the lead from the beginning, with the GEICO Racing team of Brian Maine and Tony Knight competing for the lead. Later in the race GoToSteves.com and Visit Jacksonville were neck and neck, competing for third spot in some close racing out on the water, while the St. Pete/Clearwater team were out in the open, leading the race.

Visit Jacksonville managed to hold off the Visit St. Pete/Clearwater boat, while the Gallagher team were out of the running, back in fifth place.

From there on out, the Visit St. Pete/Clearwater crew of Neil Jackson and Jamie Canter had no further challenges, and powered home to victory, in a perfect race. GEICO and Visit Jacksonville finished second and third, while GoToSteves.com and Gallagher rounded out the top five, finishing fourth and fifth respectively.

Sarasota Grand Prix of the Sea Invitational

Saturday, June 30th 2018, Production Class

Pos Boat # Boat Name Driver Navigator Laps Total Elapsed Time
1 P3-3 Wix Filters Scott Brown Ed Tamberino 10
Pos Boat # Boat Name Driver Navigator Laps Total Elapsed Time
1 P4-411 Perdition JJ Turk Brian Williamson 10
2 P3-50 The Dollhouse Clyde Petty Robert Bryant 9
3 P4-24 Superior Asphalt, Inc. Chris Economides Ryan Beckley 4
Pos Boat # Boat Name Driver Navigator Laps Total Elapsed Time
1 P5-40 Pump It Jim Sigman Mikey Dacey 8
2 P5-576 Two Cruel Daniel Racz Craig Belfatto 8
3 P5-528 Krizenpest.com Ryan Krizen Rick Krizen 8
4 P5-545 Hammerheads Dennis Austin Don Jackson 7
5 P5-62 On Edge Bill Quinn Harold Castle 2

Sarasota Grand Prix of the Sea Invitational

Sunday, July 1st 2018, Unlimited

Pos Boat # Boat Name Driver Navigator Laps Total Elapsed Time Pts
1 113 Miss Geico James Sheppard Steve Curtis 12 29:40.44 20
2 30 Legacy Builders Brett Furshman Billy Glueck 10 30:51.46 15
3 77 Lucas Oil Silverhook Jay Johnson Nigel Hook 9 31:42.08 17

Sarasota Grand Prix of the Sea Invitational

Sunday, July 1st 2018, Superstock 300

Pos Boat # Boat Name Driver Navigator Laps Total Elapsed Time Pts
1 S-1 Gettel Nick Scafidi Scott Porta 9 28:52.14 20
2 S-17 Team Allen Lawn Care & Landscaping Andrei Allen Billy Allen 9 28:53.11 17
3 S-1X FJ Propeller Jimmie Harrison Gary Ballough 9 29:00.92 15
4 S-111 Professional Plumbing Damon Marotta Ryan Beckley 9 31:52.01 14

Sarasota Grand Prix of the Sea Invitational

Sunday, July 1st 2018, Super Cat

Pos Boat # Boat Name Driver Navigator Laps
1 NZ-1 Pro-Floors Racing Wayne Valder Scott Hanley 17
2 US-1 Performance Boat Center / Jimmy Johns Myrick Coil John Tomlinson 17
3 4 Cleveland Construction Ed Smith Grant Bruggemann 17
4 6 M-CON Tyson Garvin Tyler Miller 17
5 5 WHM Motorsport Billy Mauf Jay Muller 12
6 13 AMH Construction Aaron Hope Anthony Smith 12
7 33 MGI Digital Tech-Konica Minolta Glen Hibbard Randy Sweers 10

Sarasota Grand Prix of the Sea Invitational

Sunday, July 1st 2018, Vee Lite Special Event

Pos Boat # Boat Name Driver Navigator Laps Total Elapsed Time Pts
1 32 Mr. Technology Will Smith Jimmy Deitch 9 29:58.61 20
2 51 Sunprint Management Steven Fehrmann Steve Miklos 9 32:10.01 17
3 2 Boatfloater.com Stephen Kildahl Steve Kildahl 9 23.32.26 15
DQ 9 Phantom 9 Mark Neimann Quinton Concilus 9 33:42.99 0
DQ V-1 LSB Hurricane of Awesomeness Britt Lilly Ron Umlandt 9 30:56.69 0