SBI Spirit of Qatar's Al-Neama and Nicolini finish fifth in Superboat class in Sarasota
SUPER BOAT INTERNATIONAL 2014
30th Annual Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix Festival, Sarasota, Florida –July 4-6, 2014
For immediate release
Monday, July 7th, 2014
SPIRIT OF QATAR TEAM’S AL-NEAMA AND MOORE FINISH
FIFTH IN SUPERBOAT UNLIMITED RACE AT SARASOTA
· Qatar’s Al-Attiyah and Nicolini retire from Sarasota race
· Unlimited and Superboat victories for Miss Geico and Team Stihl
SARASOTA (Florida): The Spirit of Qatar Team suffered mixed emotions at the 30th Annual Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix Festival at Sarasota in Florida on Sunday.
Qatar’s Ali Al-Neama and American throttleman Billy Moore entered Spirit of Qatar 20 in the Superboat class and reached the chequered flag of the 18.75-race in fifth position after late overheating issues. But Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah and Matteo Nicolini lost a potential second overall in the Superboat Unlimited class after withdrawing with engine issues on lap five. They were eventually classified in third position.
Marc Granet and Scott Begovich clinched victory in the Superboat Unlimited class and Team Stihl won its third successive Superboat class race of the season.
Al-Attiyah and Nicolini faced Marc Granet and Scott Begovich in Miss Geico, Bob Bull and Randy Scism in CMS and Nigel Hook in Lucas Oils Silverhook in the Superboat Unlimited class on the 4.4-mile course.
Team Stihl’s J.R. Noble and Mark Kowalski came into the third SBI Superboat race of the season with two wins under their belts from rounds one and two and started as favourites to extend their lead in the title race over WHM Motorsports. Cleveland Construction, Broadco, Racing for Cancer, Warpaint and Spirit of Qatar 20 completed the Superboat line-up.
CMS led from Miss Geico and Spirit of Qatar 613 through the opening turns in Superboat Unlimited and Spirit of Qatar 20 held fourth in Superboat behind Team Stihl, Broadco and WHM Motorsports. CMS then became locked in a fascinating early tussle with Miss Geico for Unlimited superiority, as Stihl began to edge away from Broadco.
Miss Geico passed a struggling CMS on the next lap, but Stihl stayed well clear of Broadco and WHM in Superboat. Miss Geico and Stihl continued to lead their respective classes as the race progressed. CMS was eventually sidelined with technical issues, Cleveland Construction flipped out of Superboat contention and Spirit of Qatar 20 became embroiled in a late tussle with WHM Motorsports.
Miss Geico held on to take the chequered flag and a second victory of the season in the Superboat Unlimited class and Team Stihl confirmed a third successive win in the Superboat category, but overheating problems dropped Spirit of Qatar 20 down to fifth place.
Super Boat International – positions after Sarasota (race 3):
1. Miss Geico 113 1500 pts
2. Lucas Oil Silverbrook 77 1393 pts
3. Spirit of Qatar 613 902 pts
3. CMS 3 902 pts
5. Gasse 8 558 pts
1. Stihl US-1 1645 pts
2. Broadco 05 1405 pts
3. WHM Motorsports 5 1400 pts
4. Automation-Racing for Cancer 33 1078 pts
5. Spirit of Qatar 20 814 pts
6. Cleveland Construction 4 748 pts
7. Warpaint 38 671 pts
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