TNT Custom Marine‘s own John Tomlinson and Myrick Coil dominated the SBI Key West World Championship – Superboat Class – yet again! Tomlinson was the throttleman and Myrick the driver for the Performance Marine Center boat. They dominated two of the three races this past week and earned enough points for an overall victory. Check out this excerpt from a Speed on the Water event recap – SBI Key West Worlds Day 3: Saving The Best For Last… and First – written by Matt Trulio and Jason Johnson.
The final race of the day, which saw six Superboat-class teams start, didn’t produce drama in the same way the Superboat Stock- and Superboat Vee-classes did. But it did allow the Performance Boat Center/Jimmy John’s team to showcase its dominance of the field. Performance Boat Center throttleman John Tomlinson and driver Myrick Coil led from start to finish in the Sterling Performance Engines-powered Skater 388 catamaran. Fellow Sterling power/Skater cat stable-mates WHM Motorsports and STIHL gave chase, but the Performance Boat Center team proved too much to overcome.
For Tomlinson and Coil, claiming their second consecutive world title came down to patience and course/conditions management.
“We knew we had to beat WHM to win the championship,” Tomlinson said. “He got a good run into turn No. 1 at the start, but between turn No. 1 and turn No. 2 we were able to keep the boat in the water better and take over the racecourse. It was getting rougher and rougher starting around lap eight so we tightened it up. But I could see our gap ahead of WHM was changing, so we had to run it hard again.
“It got bumpier and bumpier going in the harbor and we had to manage that and try not to make any mistakes,” he continued. “But WHM definitely was coming on, and it would have been interesting to see what happened if they’d had a few more laps.”