TNT Custom Marine co-owner John Tomlinson was excited for the added competition in the Supercat Class this past weekend in Sarasota.Though the Tomlinson-Leibel duo had a good set-up on their Canada Homes race boat and a drive to win, due to unforeseen circumstances, the race was cancelled and the teams were unable to compete. Continue reading below for some history on this match-up and comments from Tomlinson as seen on Speedonthewater.com!
Barring any last-minute entries or exits, the Supercat class will see a minimum of four teams in the mix for this Sunday’s Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix this Sunday in Southwest. Presently committed are Billy Mauff and Jay Muller in WHM Motorsports, Tyler Miller and Myrick Coil in M CON, Lorne Leibel and John Tomlinson in Canada Homes, and the new pairing of John Emmons and Jimmy McIntyre; Chariots of Fire Racing.
The Supercat-class winner in Cocoa Beach, Fla., last month, Canada Homes is one of four Supercat teams committed to competing for this weekend in Sarasota.
In the American Power Boat Association Offshore National Championship Series season-opener in Cocoa Beach, Fla., the fleet had just three boats. No Supercat teams—per a class vote—competed at the Lake Race, the second contest of the series.
Running the Sterling Performance engines-powered Canada Homes raceboat, Tomlinson and Leibel took the checkered flag in Cocoa Beach and are hoping to repeat their success. Tomlinson, who co-owns TNT Custom Marine, actually started his offshore racing career with the affable Canadian in 1986 and has gone to become one of the most successful throttlemen in the sport with multiple world championships to his credit.
“It’s fun running with Lorne again,” said TNT Custom Marine co-owner Tomlinson. “We’re also planning to race in Key West (Fla.) at the end of this season.”