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The conditions are expected to be flatter than yesterday, but three times we have come here, and each time has had completely different conditions. We just don’t know what to expect.
It’s judgement day down at Cocoa Beach for the 6 teams who are competing at the first race of the 2023 UIM Class 1 World Championship. All the blood, sweat, money and tears that have gone into these boats in the off season comes down to the 62-mile Cocoa Beach race today at 1:00pm EST.
In qualifying yesterday, Cocoa Beach threw the teams a curveball in delivering calm waters and low winds, leaving some teams disappointed with their chosen set up. The forecast is set to be even calmer today, forcing teams to alter their boat set ups for the race.
Throttleman for team 222 Offshore Australia, Giovanni Carpitella, said “The conditions are expected to be flatter than yesterday, but three times we have come here, and each time has had completely different conditions. We just don’t know what to expect.”
Teammate and owner-driver for the team, Darren Nicholson, concurred with his teammate on the lottery for the conditions. “We will only know if we have got the boat set up right at the end of the day.”
Whilst 222 Offshore Australia secured Pole Position for the race today, Huski Ice Spritz will not go down without a fight, as Brit Lilly and Steve Curtis begin their campaign to defend their world title. “We have done a full set up change. We are moving the weight, changing the gear ratio, and going up on the propeller size. We are getting set up to run at 140 plus mph today so hopefully we can nail it,” said Brit Lilly.
We have done a full set up change. We are moving the weight, changing the gear ratio, and going up on the propeller size. We are getting set up to run at 140 plus mph today so hopefully we can nail it.
Cocoa Beach is synonymous with rough and unforgiving conditions, so the calm conditions have come as a surprise to the teams. All the teams have all hands on deck to prepare the boat for what Mother Nature has laid out.
Hugh Fuller and Rich Wyatt of dfYOUNG claimed P3 in qualifying yesterday behind 222 Offshore Australia and Huski Ice Spritz. “Yesterday was basically our first time in the boat. We didn’t expect to do as well as we did, as we made a lot of mistakes. We are making some changes for the conditions so hopefully we can be a little more competitive today.”
dfYoung aren’t the only team that have made changes. Team Defalco, Pothole Heroes and Monster Energy M Con have all adjusted the boat for the conditions. Driver for Pothole Heroes, Carlos De Quesada said, “We didn’t have a very good qualifying session yesterday. We went out this morning and made some changes and I believe they are good changes so we will go out today and hopefully work our way to the front”.
Today will be the true test for the teams for who has got the set up right. Tune into the Class 1 race live at 1:00pm EST at Class1World.com/Watch-Live