Team Gasse Rips Through Key West Waters at SBI World Championships!

This week was a thrilling ride for Team Gasse, as we competed in the 2012 World Championships in Key West! During the first race, our favorite Ferrari–red #8 MTI had the fastest average speed of 101.3 MPH! Pulling a first place win in both the first and second races, and recovering from a few issues during the last race, Tomlinson and Staubo placed second overall in the Superboat Unlimited Class!

Here are a couple quotes from Tomlinson regarding the first two days of racing:

Race 1 — Tomlinson and owner-driver Tor Staubo of Norway powered their Superboat Unlimited-class entry to an average speed of 101.30 mph over the bumpy, 41.7-mile course. The 48-foot MTI with twin 1,350-horsepower engines completed the race in 24:44. Runner-up Spirit of Qatar finished less than a minute back, followed by Miss Geico in third, which challenged Gasse early in the race, but later fell back.

“I thought we’d be able to run faster today,” Tomlinson said. It was rougher than I thought it was going to be. I know it’s blowing and it should be rough, but it was messier and sloppier than I thought it would be, so we weren’t seeing near the speeds I thought we would see.”

Race 2 — Even a broken water pickup and almost sinking didn’t keep Norway’s Tor Staubo and Miami’s John Tomlinson from maintaining their Superboat Unlimited class lead Friday in the Key West World Championship offshore powerboat races.

Piloting the 48-foot catamaran Gasse on Wednesday, the duo was first in the standings after a solid run on the first of three days of racing. But with one lap to go Friday, a stainless steel, raw water engine cooling tube broke, sending water into the hull and forcing them to cut short their race.

“The boat fell off plane because it had so much water in it,” Tomlinson said after Gasse was towed to the wet pits. “I was trying to lay down in there in two feet of water and stuff my shirt in the hole to plug the hole.”

Sources:; Susan Cocking; November 8, 2012.; Steve Waters; November 9, 2012.

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