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Date: Fri 08 Sep 2017

End of Season Review: Visit Jacksonville

An unpredictable season has seen Visit Jacksonville Panther become one of the best boats to watch at each SuperStock event.

The pairing of George Ivey and Brian Lynch produced some stellar performances throughout 2017 to collect an impressive haul of eight top three finishes to end the campaign in sixth.

They opened the season in St Cloud with third in the first race of the championship before notching sixth in race two and bouncing back for another third in the final outing of round one.

Next up on the calendar was a home meeting in Jacksonville and the pair certainly put on an entertaining display. They made a blistering start to the weekend by claiming their first race win of this year’s competition before going on to finish ninth in race two.

They bounced back in true Visit Jacksonville fashion to beat all the competition in race three and then went on to claim sixth and ninth in the weekend’s remaining races.

“Jacksonville was my favorite [race weekend]. We won the chequered flag twice in front of our home crowd and had the final race won before a breakdown which would have given us 1st overall for the weekend,” Ivey explained.

St Pete Beach wasn’t a satisfying round for the pair as they were unable to compete on Sunday due to mechanical problems so had to settle with the tally they notched in Saturday’s two races – finishing seventh in race one and winning race two.

Responding in great style is what Ivey and Lynch made the norm as they finished the Sarasota weekend, round four of the series, in second. A slow start was soon behind the pair as they went from seventh in race one to come runners-up in the weekend’s two other races.

Islamorada proved more challenging but, while teams were battling for title-clinching points, Visit Jacksonville still managed to get themselves a race win. Over the weekend they recorded a pair of fifth-place finishes, a sixth and seventh to along with their race two victory.

Their four race wins helped them gain a 248-point haul and showed they are more than capable of building on their success to put themselves in to title contention in 2018.

When talking about the season, Ivey said; “On one hand we feel like we did good together as a new team. We had some very good races and won a number of heats throughout the season.

“But, we also had a number of mishaps, questionable calls, and a mechanical breakdown that put us out of a couple of races and cost us some much-needed points towards the championship. 

“It is always disappointing when you fall short of the ultimate goal. But, I think we made some serious progress towards being the team to look out for in 2018. 

“Now that we have this first learning season behind us we will focus on capitalizing on the things that worked for us and correcting the things that did not. We plan to spend more time practicing and working on specifics.”