TEAM AMSOIL OFFSHORE WINS BACK TO BACK OFFSHORE SUPER SERIES NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP One week after moving into the first place points position in the Super Boat International series in Morehead City, NC, Team AMSOIL traveled to Lake of the ...
TEAM AMSOIL OFFSHORE WINS BACK TO BACK OFFSHORE SUPER SERIES NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
One week after moving into the first place points position in the Super Boat International series in Morehead City, NC, Team AMSOIL traveled to Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri to compete in the Offshore Super Series 2009 National Championships finale. Going into this race, Team AMSOIL had fought its way to a slight one point advantage in the Offshore Super Series (OSS) season point's battle. What this meant is that Team AMSOIL would have to win the race in order to secure its second consecutive OSS National Championship.
Bob Teague and Paul Whittier tested the boat extensively, timing laps on Saturday to find the best set up. In all, nearly 150 miles were covered during testing on the course. Bob also throttled a boat in the Pro Am Race in the P2 class with a local friend, Roger Neighbors, which provided more experience on the course.
The race format was established by OSS as two heats of about 45 miles each. At race time on Sunday, the conditions had changed a little with more wind from a different direction than Saturday. Team AMSOIL #77 elected to stay with the Saturday set up which proved to be not as good as the day before. When the green flag dropped, Team MHQ Financial in their 388 Skater took a slight lead. During the first heat, the 388 boat with the advantage of a better line and speed finished 9 seconds ahead of Team AMSOIL. During the break, Team AMSOIL worked to change its set up of the 368 Skater with a propeller change and balance adjustment.
When the green flag dropped for the second heat, Team AMSOIL and MHQ Financial again locked horns in a deck to deck battle. After a couple of laps, Team AMSOIL gained the advantage at turn 6 and 7 and continued to stretch the lead slightly. Bob Teague and Paul Whittier knew in order to win the Championship that they must beat the 388 boat by more than 9 seconds in the second heat. Looking in their mirrors at Team MHQ Financial's position kept Team AMSOIL on their game with no room for even the slightest error. Paul and Bob continued to nail the turns and carry good speed down the straights and eventually crossed the finish line 12 seconds ahead of the second place MHQ Financial Skater. The two heat times are averaged which gave Team AMSOIL the overall win by a mere 3 seconds after 90 plus miles of racing.
In between races, Bob Teague alternated with Martin Sanborn as a commentator on the live TV broadcast of American Powerboat Television which was streamed on AmericanPowerboat.tv, TalkOffshore.com and two local FM radio stations.
After starting the OSS season with a disappointing 5th place finish in Biloxi, MI due to a one lap penalty for damaging a turn buoy, Team AMSOIL #77 is proud to have had a perfect balance during the season in its fight back to the top position.
On the way from Lake of the Ozarks to the SBI season finale in Clearwater Florida, Bob Teague stopped by to visit his Mother and Sister in Atlanta to present the flag and trophy to his mother, Carol. Photos were taken at Studio Chambers owned by Parlee and Don Chambers (Bob's sister and brother-in-law).
With the win at Lake of the Ozarks, Team AMSOIL has won its second consecutive National and High Points title in the Offshore Super Series, and is currently unbeatable in the Super Boat International points chase. Already secured for the 2009 season are the OPA Cat Lite Championship and 1st place in the Geico Triple Crown Series.
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Next Stop: Clearwater, FL SBI Championship Festival - October 1, 2009
SBI National Championships - Clearwater, FL - October 2-4, 2009