Performance Boat Center took home first place at the Super Boat International Cleveland Construction Mentor Grand Prix on July 23, making it the second first-place win for PCB this season! Check out the article, below, for more details.
In the 19-lap Superboat-class race, the defending 2016 national and world champion Performance Boat Center/Jimmy John’s team of John Tomlinson and Myrick Coil took the lead on the first lap in their Skater Powerboats 388 catamaran with Sterling Performance Engines and ran away from the five-cat fleet. It was their second first-place finish in as many SBI races this season.
“Yesterday in testing it was a 130-mph race-course, today it was a 110-mph racecourse,” said Tomlinson. “We were over-propped—I think everybody was—but you don’t get the chance to test on race day. We got a good start and we were able to leave STIHL a lane going into the first turn, and I was able to stretch it out. We were fortunate to be able to get the lead and hold the lead.
“It was definitely getting rougher by the end of the race,” he continued. “It was sloppy two-footers. We took a couple of flyers that I thought could get ugly, but somehow we landed nice and soft. We had to protect our lead, and races are awfully long when you’re out in front—last time here we had the race won and threw a propeller blade. When you’re chasing, they go by fast. When you really look at it, a 12-, 13, 14-second lead isn’t all that much. From the beach, it probably looks like a lot but when you look at the lap times everyone is pretty much right there.”