Powerboat P1 took powerboat racing back to the iconic Miami Marine Stadium last weekend after an absence of more than a quarter of a century – only for the SuperStock teams to be frustrated by marine mammals on the course on both days and a huge thunderstorm yesterday.
This restricted the P1 Panther fleet to just one race, which saw Frank & Al’s Racing continue their impressive form of last season to claim top spot.
It was a frustrating start to this year’s five-venue championship, but there was enough action to show that Frank Silva and Chris Mejias will again be serious contenders for the SuperStock USA title.
The Geico team finished in second place after a controlled run, with Florida-born George Ivey and navigator Brian Lynch clinching the third podium spot in the Visit Jacksonville boat.
The famous Marine Stadium, which has stood battered and empty since Hurricane Andrew ripped through Florida in 1992, provided a unique backdrop and the return of powerboats came at a time when the City of Miami is moving forward with plans to restore the stadium.
Next stop for the SuperStock teams will be Kissimmee in central Florida on May 12.