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Next Race

Sat Aug 12 2023

222 Offshore Cruise To Victory To Tighten Grip On Title

  • Monster Energy/ M Con take first podium – XINSURANCE/Good Boy Vodka third
  • Title challengers Huski Ice Spritz break

222 Offshore duo Darren Nicholson and Giovanni Carpitella extended their lead in the race for the world title after a faultless performance to take a comfortable victory in race 1 at the Mercury Racing Midwest Challenge, with title rivals Steve Curtis and Brit Lilly hitting trouble early on and eventually stopping on lap 9.

Today’s win puts 222 Offshore 25 points clear at the top of the standings on 75 with the second race of the weekend tomorrow and the final round of the season in St Petersburg in two weeks’ time [1-3 September].

Nicholson and Carpitella made a blistering start from P2 immediately overhauling pole-sitters Carlos de Quesada and Johnny Tomlinson in Pothole Heroes - who endured a disappointing day dropping back through the field to eventually finish in fifth behind Rich Wyatt and Hugh Fuller in dfYoung, the two boats suffering minor damage after a coming together mid-race - and revelled in the calm conditions, disappearing off into the distance and unchallenged over the 12 laps of the shortened 5-mile circuit. “We made a great start and opened a good lead within a couple of laps. It may have looked easy, but it was tough at times. The wind was picking up and it was important that we managed the boat, the engines and make sure we brought it home.” Carpitella said.

Behind the race leaders a titanic battle unfolded for the remaining two podium spots between Monster Energy/M Con’s Tyler Miller and Myrick Coil and XINSURANCE/Good Boy Vodka’s Randy Kent and Grant Bruggemann, with both outfits moving up through the field.

By lap 3 XINSURANCE had moved up from P4 into second and looking comfortable, but it was Monster Energy/M Con who were on the charge, scything their way through from P6 and into third by lap 5 and then set about chasing down XINSURANCE, passing them on lap 9. “We are really proud to bring the boat home in second for the team and get our first Class 1 podium in our first season,” said Myrick Coil. “We had a great set up and I just sat back and let Tyler make all the calls. We were able to work our way through the field and the calmer conditions today really suited us, hitting speeds up to 150mph.”

For Kent and Bruggemann, it was another impressive showing, picking up their second podium in just their second outing together. “It was a tough race. We had a great boat but were probably a pitch short on our set up. It was very much a driver’s course and Randy did an excellent job. We had great battles out there, especially with M Con who had the quicker boat today.”

For Curtis and Lilly, who were up into second before they struggled with steering issues, it was the worst possible outcome, failing to point and watching their title rivals take maximum points and have just 24 hours to turn things around. “We got a good start; we were down on acceleration a little, but the top end speed was good. But we couldn’t steer the boat. We think there is some air in the system and a couple of other things we need to check in the hydraulics.” Curtis said.

It was another frustrating afternoon for Defalco’s Mike Falco and Billy Moore, finishing in sixth.

Race 2 of the Mercury Racing Midwest Challenge starts at 1.30pm [local] on Sunday and will be streamed live on and social media channels.

Official Results Race Report Race 2

Lap Times

Pos Team Name Boat # Driver Throttle L1 L2 L3 L4 L5 L6 L7 L8 L9 L10 L11 L12
1. 222 Offshore 222 Darren Nicholson Giovanni Carpitella 2:31.28 2:30.28 2:31.92 2:32.01 2:31.93 2:35.13 2:30.63 2:29.79 2:32.53 2:30.52 2:29.69 2:29.48
2. Monster Energy M CON 06 Myrick Coil Tyler Miller 2:44.93 2:36.76 2:33.97 2:31.11 2:34.41 2:33.51 2:30.70 2:25.25 2:30.69 2:28.65 2:29.02 2:29.69
3. XINSURANCE/Good Boy Vodka 11 Randy Kent Grant Bruggemann 2:41.39 2:36.79 2:36.12 2:31.69 2:32.57 2:33.46 2:33.60 2:36.17 2:34.19 2:32.17 2:32.02 2:33.82
4. dfYOUNG 17 Rich Wyatt Hugh Fuller 2:43.197 2:38.55 2:40.91 2:42.77 2:35.13 2:38.93 2:37.58 2:35.71 2:31.10 2:28.39 2:28.79 2:29.38
5. Pothole Heroes 022 Carlos de Quesada Johnny Tomlinson 2:41.65 2:40.54 2:35.64 2:44.21 2:37.09 2:40.41 2:38.23 2:37.97 2:38.71 2:37.74 2:37.52 2:43.84
7. Team Defalco 18 Mike Falco Billy Moore 2:55.33 2:26.69 2:59.29 2:39.74 2:43.44 2:42.27 2:41.97 2:39.52 2:42.44 2:38.01 2:41.45 2:40.43
2. Huski Ice Spritz 01 Brit Lilly Steve Curtis 2:38.85 2:37.37 2:40.98 2:38.51 2:37.59 2:38.75 2:36.66 2.37.24 - - - -

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