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E Class Outlaws takes overall regatta lead
E Class campaigners in the T&T Powerboat Association’s National Championships, Mobil Outlaws, have taken the overall lead to date on the points standings after another impressive display at Sunday’s Red Stripe & Smirnoff Regatta No 4 in front the Yacht Club, Chaguaramas.
The consistent Outlaws’ team of Brent Branker (Driver) and Jason Ross (Throttleman), claimed 635 points from their first and second place performances at the Circuit and Sprint events respectively, for an overall points tally of 2,865 with one more regatta to go in June.
Outlaws lead their closest 80 mph class rivals Hammertime by 1480 points with Papi Chulo in third (1,235).
Trident, the G Class boat that competes in the 60 mph category is second overall with 2370 points while F- Class Fire Chief is in third (2,350) and A—Class Motul Monster, the fastest boat in the all the classes, settling for fourth on 2,125 points.
Like Mobil Outlaws the Trident team was second in the sprint and first in the circuit race for a 605 points total Sunday. It had only Limitless to compete within the sprint only, as Limitless team of David Singh and Otis Walker was disqualified in the second race.
Meanwhile, Fire Chief’s dominance in the previous regattas allowed it to maintain its standings on the table. After winning the sprint ahead of Extreme Measures, the crew was disqualified in the circuit race and received only 405 points on the day. In the A Class category however Motul Monster did not take part but had already accumulated a sizeable advantage on the field that includes Mr Solo Too, Iron Man, Cat Killer, Paramount, Big Thunder and Jumbie, to stay fourth.
Monster with 2125 points, leads Iron Man (1,795), Mr Solo Too (1,290) and Cat Killer (1,085) in the class. Iron Man appeared to have been well positioned to take the top spot Sunday, until it collided with Jumbie in the sprint just off the foreshore in Mucurapo, preventing all the racers from crossing the finish line. In the other race however, Jumbie cruised to the win, ahead of Cat Killer.
TTPBA president Roger Belle said an investigation was done on the crash and it was considered an unfortunate accident.
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