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Results have now been confirmed from the first day of Thunder on Cocoa Beach race action, the second round of the 2023 APBA Nationals and the opening round of the UIM Class 1 Powerboat World Championship. The competitor turnout was impressive, matching the 64 boats at Marathon last month. The feeling is that there could be even more boats at the Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix at the end of next month.
The racing kicked off with Bracket 500, 600, and 700 plus the new UIM Class 3, which had a single entrant Boat x-69 Scratch 'n Sniff crewed by Austin Blocker on throttles and Michael Chandler driving.
It was a great day for the Turk family. Father JJ Turk and long-time crewmate, Micheal Stancombe, the current 500 class champions, placed first in 01 TFR/XINSURANCE, while sixteen-year-old son, Cameron, pulled off a win in his first race in the Bracket 700 class. Cameron had a wise set of hands on the throttles of #702 TFR/XINSURANCE in the shape of Robert Bryant.
In the Bracket 600 Class, #644 Freebird was victorious, piloted by Reef Delanos with Ryan Stahlman on sticks. #602 Ultimate Powerboat Racing Experience came second with Andrew Frank driving and owner/throttleman Chris Reindl. It was an unlucky outing for #696 Gerard Construction as they broke out and ended third.
The Superstock Class has grown over the last five years and many in the class are forecasting even bigger turnouts in the coming races. It is often the most dramatic class - the boats are light with a high power-to-weight ratio, so it is often crowded going into the first few turns. Today's race surface was slighty calmer than the last few years, butas the photos attest this didn't stop the Superstock teams getting some "air".
The race was by no means a procession, but it wasn't a surprise when current champions, owner/driver Reece Langheim and throttleman Julian Maldonado took the chequered flag in S-01 Jackhammer. The latest iteration of CMR Construction, boat S-54 was awarded second place, with owner/driver Sean Conner and renowned racer Sean Torrente on throttles. Performance Boat Center / Fass S-21 with Myrick Coil driving and Rusty Williams on throttles took third place. Myrick was racing in three classes this weekend and is probably taking quick-change tips from Johnny Tomlinson.