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AMSOIL Offshore Battles Challenging Course at Port Huron for Overall Win


Old 08-13-2015, 02:38 PM
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Default AMSOIL Offshore Battles Challenging Course at Port Huron for Overall Win

Team AMSOIL Offshore traveled back to Michigan for the third weekend in a row for their last Great Lakes stop at Port Huron, Michigan. The historical shipping and trade city is located at the southern base of Lake Huron and the mouth of the Saint Clair River, which is also the border between Michigan and Canada. The race is a very unique international effort that involves officials and events in both the United States and Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. In terms of exposure in the past, the Port Huron venue was overshadowed by the crowd and boat count of the Saint Clair race two weeks prior. However, the event has been gaining momentum, and with a boat count over 40 and huge local spectator turnout on both the American and Canadian shores, the venue was a great success for great racing!

On Friday the Team AMSOIL Crew gave the boat a complete evaluation. After the rough and unpredictable water in Michigan City, all the boat's systems needed to be checked for stress and shock loading related failure. The Teague Custom Marine Supercat spec engines passed inspection and with flawless vital signs. A leaking crash box transmission was changed, and the team continued prepping for testing. On Saturday, conditions were calm and the river traffic was light. Throttleman Bob Teague and Driver John Teague achieved speeds nearing 140 mph on the back straightaway of the course. They used their setup experience for the area from past years of racing at Port Huron and settled on a setup combination for Sunday.

Action on Sunday heated up long before the Supercats took to the water in the third and final race of the day. In earlier races, a Class 6, then a Class 5 boat spun and flipped in turn one, which was tucked into the Sarnia Bay entrance. Thankfully, Bob and John would be able to sight the course on a full parade lap prior to milling for the start. The course at Port Huron is always tricky, but this year it was especially so. The overall lap distance was lengthened to 5 miles. Both the north Sarnia Bay turn and south turn were squeezed close to shore for spectators and shipping lane clearance, making for very tight turn exits. There was also a start finish chute, and a left hand pin for fuel dock clearance. Overall, the course featured 6 right hand pins, and two left hand pins.

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