Veteran offshore racer duo, John Tomlinson and Lorne Leible were excited to win first place in the APBA series opener, Thunder On Cocoa Beach. Despite the fierce competition chasing them down the entire race, the pair managed to take the checkered flag in the Supercat class. Read more about the victory below as presented on speedonthewater.com.
Despite a slim, three-boat fleet, there was no shortage of competition in the Supercat ranks. John Tomlinson and Lorne Leibel of Canada Homes jumped out into an early lead down to the first turn. But by the time they made it out of the apex of the corner, M CON throttleman Tyler Miller and driver Myrick Coil began creeping up on Canada Homes’ transom. That order would remain for the rest of the race.
“This race could’ve been the other way around if we were on the outside, but they were right there pressuring us,” Tomlinson said. “We took a few really big flyers out there and I knew the other boats were coming, so I was just trying to loosen it up a tad to find one or two miles per hour more.”
A pair of significant veteran offshore racers, Canada Homes’ Lorne Leibel and John Tomlinson bested M CON and WHM to take the checkered flag in the Supercat ranks.
WHM Motorsports remained distant behind the fellow Skater Powerboats catamarans of Canada Homes and M CON. For WHM, the issue was setup-related.
“What we went in the water with is probably what we should’ve stuck with,” said throttleman Jay Muller, who shares the cockpit with Billy Mauff, the team’s owner and driver.