Legendary off-shore racing duo Johnny Tomlinson and Lorne Leibel has come to an end. But, the Leibel name will continue to race. Continue reading to find out how Cole Leibel will carry his uncle’s legacy as TNT Custom Marine rigs the raceboat for the 2022 season!
When Lorne Leibel and John Tomlinson claimed a Supercat-class world title at the American Power Boat Association/Union International Motonautique Offshore World Championships in Key West, Fla., last month, they put the exclamation point on a relationship that began when they first shared a raceboat cockpit in 1986. Though Tomlinson will continue in the sport, the Key West event was Leibel’s swan song—and in keeping with his storied offshore racing career he exited on a high note.
But that doesn’t mean you won’t see a Leibel the racecourse next season. Cole Leibel, the 33-year-old nephew of the legendary Canadian racer, is fielding a Super Stock-class team for the 2022 season. His Wright Performance 32-foot catamaran, which is slated for completion in February, will be rigged with its Mercury Racing 300R outboard engines at the Tomlinson’s TNT Custom Marine shop in Miami.
Leibel has owned an array of Skater Powerboats pleasure catamarans during the years. His most recent is a 46-footer he purchased from well-known Skater man Ron Szolack at the end of the summer.