Aqua Mania Takes First Place in Grand Prix On The Hudson River
New York (September 13, 2012) – A wild day of racing under perfect weather conditions… where Aqua Mania pulled out a win in the 22nd running of the New York Super Boat Grand Prix. Team Semper Fi, in the Turbine Class, took second place after incurring a penalty after the race. Team Gasse earned a win in the Superboat Unlimited Class and high marks for fastest lap speeds until they incurred engine troubles.
Teams raced on perfect water conditions and in cooler temperatures as Sunday’s weather improved from the very severe weather the night before. Teams were expecting good conditions and they got it… with a tide that kept floating debris at a minimum, no boats sustained any impact damage from debris in the water. Fans from both sides of the river were able to watch and cheer their favorite teams. Especially from the New Jersey side of the water, you could hear fans and teammates screaming as Semper Fi roared towards lower Manhattan.
The backdrop of the New York skyline was near perfect with the Freedom Tower rising even higher than last year and the memorial events getting ready for September 11th activities. Many do not forget those days and it is an honor for Super Boat International to be invited and encouraged to race during the eventful weekend. This year’s water traffic on the Hudson River was halted and was limited to only commercial traffic along the New York side of the river during the race.
The Super Stock Class featured exciting racing with Team BlackSand ultimately taking the checked flag over WHM Motorsports and Duce Rod’s. Driver Omar Danial, of Team BlackSand, was pleased with the day and commented, “It was a great day here in New York and we ran a really good race.” Danial, along with throttleman, Gary Ballough, put on an exciting show and are looking forward to the National Championships in Clearwater later this month.
Excitement in the Super Vee Limited class, with 4 boats entered, saw the number nine Team Phantom coming out on top. This year has been a breakout year for the black and white single engine boat and they are very excited about their opportunities at the National Championships coming at the end of this month. Other class winners included: Team Gasse, (Superboat Unlimited), LUCAS OIL MavTV (Superboat Vee Extreme), Instigator (P-1), Team Kilt (P-3) and Reinforcer (P-4).
China Network Television (CCTV) has returned to the U.S.A. and resumed covering Super Boat International. Their last show for Super Boat was in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2003. This year they are producing race shows highlighting the New York Super Boat Grand Prix and the Key West World Championships. Wang Xue (John Wang) commented, “It is the number two international sporting event watched on Beijing Television. All of our fans watch Super Boat (American boat racers) and the reach for CCTV will be over 17 million people. We replay the episodes and it is seen many times over. We love American boat racing and we look forward to promoting Super Boat around the world.”
If you missed this race, all the action can be seen at new.livestream.com/sbi/newyork12. The Super Boat racing season starts in the middle of May and runs through the second week of November, culminating with the Key West World Championships in Key West, Florida.
The next race for Super Boat International is September 28th – 30th in Clearwater, Florida for the 4th Annual Bright House National Championships. Teams will arrive Thursday at the dry pits located in Coachman Park in Clearwater, Florida. Super Boat testing will be on Saturday from 12:00 to 5:00 pm and racing is scheduled for 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm on Sunday. If you want to watch online, you can catch it here at new.livestream.com/sbi/clearwater12.