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The priority today (Saturday) for teams competing in the third race of this season’s UIM Class 1 World Championship in Michigan City was to set up and test for pole position qualifying. This concept was reintroduced last month at the Sarasota Grand Prix for both Class 1 and now for the Super Cat series. The aim is to get the right boats in the right spot, with the best-prepared team in pole position.
Both Huski Racing, with throttleman Steve Curtis and driver Travis Pastrana in the cockpit, and 222 Offshore Australia went out to practice on Lake Michigan and came straight back for propeller and gear ratio changes. Alex Pratt and Miles Jennings were making their debut appearance in the new GBX Racing MTI cat, jointly sponsored by Good Boy Vodka and XINSURANCE. The JBS Racing boat was fresh out from the repair shop.
The pole position session is run as a series of individually timed laps, with the team recording the fastest time taking pole position for Sunday’s World Championship race. The times were very close, but it will be Huski Racing’s 47-foot Victory with its Mercury Racing 1100 Competition engines that starts in pole position tomorrow. Both Pratt and 222 Offshore throttleman Giovanni Carpitella said they may need to re-trim overnight. JBS Racing experienced technical problems and had to retire before the qualifying session ended.
21 Huski Racing 2:03.67
222 Offshore Australia 2:06.11
11 GBX Racing 2:13.13
16 JBS Racing DNS