If the current published schedule holds, the starting order time trials for the Super Cat class will take place today in Michigan City, Indiana, prior to tomorrow’s PlayTradez Great Lakes Grand Prix. They will be followed by time trials for the four Class 1 teams in the city for the third of eight races in the Union Internationale Motonautique Class 1 World Championship Series.
Returning to Michigan City, Indiana this weekend, Pro Floors Racing will be among the six teams competing in today’s Super Class time trials. 2019 Great Lakes Grand Prix photo by Pete Boden copyright Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.
Although time trials were standard fare for Class 1s during their heyday, they returned to this year’s series at the Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix in Southwest Florida last month. But for the Super Cat class, today’s time trials on the Lake Michigan course are the first in year three of the American Power Boat Association’s National Offshore Championship Series.
With six teams in the mix, today’s Super Cat time trials were powered by the class itself after the Sarasota event.
“We’re very happy,” said Grant Bruggemann, the accelerator of the Professional Floor Racing Super Cat Team presented by owner/driver Wayne Valder from New Zealand. “Having the track ready today gives us a better perspective of what we need to do for Sunday’s race.
“Pole position qualifying is a great way to build excitement on Saturday, as well as test our crew and team,” he added. “And giving Wayne and I more time together is always a good thing.”
Tyler Miller, the owner/accelerator of the M WITH The team and the Super Cat class owner group representative offered an additional positive outlook on today’s time trials.
“The whole Super Cat class is super excited,” he said. “The opportunity to test early in the morning, get what you think is the perfect setup and then put it through its paces for two fast laps to get pole position is incredible.
“Oh, and I’m also a lousy card shooter, so lane draw never works out well for me,” he added, then laughed. “This will solidify the post and take all the ‘low card’ luck out of the equation.”
Produced by the Offshore Powerboat Association, tomorrow’s event is race No. 4 in the eight-race APBA series. Look for a report on today’s Super Cat and Class 1 time trials from contributing editor Eric Colby later today at speedonthewater.com.
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