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Darren Nicholson and Giovanni Carpitella will be looking to round out their world championship winning season in style at this weekend’s (September 1-3) Monster Energy P1 Offshore St. Petersburg Powerboat Grand Prix, the fifth and final round of the 2023 UIM Class 1 World Championship.
222 Offshore has been the outstanding outfit in a highly competitive 2023 campaign, with the Australian-Italian pairing showing real pace in their Victory hull to dominate qualifying and win three out of the five races to date, dropping just 10 points. With a first Class 1 title now in their hands and the pressure off, Nicholson and Carpitella have vowed to throw caution to the wind and go all out for a fourth victory.
Despite a win and two podium seconds, outgoing champions Steve Curtis and Brit Lilly’s challenge faltered at the double-header in Sheboygan. Travis Pastrana, who partnered Curtis for most of the races in 2022, returns to take the wheel in Huski Ice Spritz for the season-finale and both will be hoping that the gremlins have been fixed and for a repeat of their win in St. Pete last season.
Huski lead a quartet of teams all eyeing up a spot on the end of season championship podium, and whilst the championship runners-up slot looks to be a given, there is still some work for Curtis and Pastrana to do, needing just four points to secure second spot from dfYoung.
dfYoung throttleman Rich Wyatt has always maintained that their Mystic had great potential and, despite a poor start to the season, second place in Sarasota in early July kick-started their points run and move up the standings. Wyatt and Hugh Fuller head into the final round on the back of a stunning win in Sheboygan knowing another victory, with the Huski Ice Spritz outfit failing to be classified, moves them into second place. But they are also aware that they must outpoint their nearest challenger by nine to remain in third overall.
Following a race against time to get their new Skater to the start line back in May and failing to go the distance in the early rounds, Monster Energy M CON Racing’s Class 1 debutants Tyler Miller and Myrick Coil have worked hard to overcome and put right whatever technical issues they have faced. The current SuperCat Champions picked up their first Class 1points in Michigan City and proved they are a force to be reckoned with, following a double podium success last time out. They need to finish at least third and hope dfYoung fail to score to steal what would be a remarkable but well-deserved third place in the overall standings in their first season.
Currently in fifth, Pothole Heroes pairing Johhny Tomlinson and Carlos de Quesada have endured a disappointing season following a strong start and podium in the opener. Consistency and reliability have proved their undoing, but a stunning pole position in Sheboygan again showed the true potential of their Victory hull, and they are still in with an outside shot at the podium.
XINSURANCE has also endured a tough time on and off the water, failing to make the opener and post points in round 2. But an enforced driver-throttleman change, bringing in Randy Kent and Grant Bruggemann, proved an inspired move with the Class 1 newcomers picking up a podium on their debut and backing that up with another in the opening race in Sheboygan, and now looking to round off their year with a strong finish on Florida’s Gulf Coast.
Team Defalco find themselves rooted to the foot of the table and have been unable to build on a solid fourth in Cocoa Beach in May. Despite owner-driver Mike Falco drafting in the experienced Billy Moore mid-season to take over the throttles and rigging of their Outerlimits, the results have not followed, with the duo picking up just five points from the last three outings.
With the Monster Energy P1 Offshore St. Petersburg Grand Prix just days away, event promoter Powerboat P1 has stated that ‘they continue to closely monitor the fallout from Hurricane Idalia which reached landfall in north-west Florida on Wednesday morning and that event planning currently remains unchanged’.
Testing is scheduled to take place on the six-mile course in Tampa Bay on Saturday morning, with Class 1 official Qualifying at 2.30 pm (EST) and Sunday’s 11-lap 66-mile UIM Class 1 Grand Prix starting at 11.15 am (EST).