'Alcone' Wins Canadian Classics Offshore Challenge
Mercury Racing Increases Open Class Points Lead
Toronto, Ontario, Canada , September 15 -- Matt Alcone and Jerry
Gilbreath piloted 'Alcone,' a 46' Skater catamaran powered by twin
Sterling race engines coupled to MerCruiser Six Drives, to win the Open
division race at the Canadian Classics Offshore Challenge Sunday. The
race was round five of the 1997 APBA Offshore Baja National Series.
Race conditions were ideal, with a mild chop, sunny skies and a
Alcone bolted into the lead off the start and led for the first two
laps when Bobby Moore put the throttles down in Carl Myers How Sweet
It Is to take the lead. Moore and Myers ran away from the field and
maintained a comfortable lead until the final lap when they suffered
mechanical problems. Alcone moved from second into the lead on lap 10
to win the event. Entering the race with a one-point lead in the Open
class season points standings, Mercury Racing pilot Nick Casaula and
throttleman Joey Imprescias race strategy was to finish ahead of
second-ranked Carlos N Charlies to widen their lead in series points
without jeopardizing equipment. Engine problems caused Carlos N
Charlies, a 46 Skater hull powered by twin Sterling race engines
coupled to MerCruiser Six Drives, to resort to a fourth place finish.
Mercury Racings third place finish increases the teams lead in Open
class season points standings by 10.
'Nemschoff,' won the Super-Vee division race. V-8 Splash and XXX
Muscle rounded out 2-3.
Modified class racing concluded with Pat Patel driving and John
Tomlinson throttling Patel's 36' Skater, 'In Contempt,' to a first
place finish. John Woolleys 36 Skater Lightning Jacks finished
second. Restore, Cat Can Do and Hot N *** rounded out 3-5.
Triple Mercury 2.5 Litre Offshore Race outboards powered 'Hurricane'
to win the Pro-Stock division. 'Ocean Outboard' and 'Campione rounded
out 2-3. All were powered by Mercury 2.5 Litre Offshore Race outboards.
'Citgo Supergard Scarab' took the checkered flag in Offshore B class
racing on Saturday. 'Thee Muscle,' 'Dramamine,' Rain X Express and
Tsunami rounded out 2-5.
Saturday's racing action also featured the fifth national showdown of
the new Factory I and Factory II classes, with all boats powered by
sealed MerCruiser HP500 Bravo One sterndrive packages. Bob Callahans
26 Thoroughbred Stress Management won the six-lap event with Evil
Waves and Sweet Jane rounding out 2-3. Only one boat registered for
Factory II twin-engine racing, giving Tony Caligure the win in
'Ocean/Formula Racing,' a 35 Formula Thunderbird.
In Super Stock action, twin Mercury 2.5 EFI Offshores propelled
'Campisano Marine' to victory, with 'Danka, 'How Sweet It Is,' Vito
Team Stalker and Past Fast rounding out 2-5. All were powered by
twin Mercury 2.5 Litre EFI Offshore outboards.
'Ale House' claimed its third consecutive Offshore A class victory.
'Renegade,' In-MOcean, No Limits and Team Tiger rounded out 2-5.
Round six of the 1997 APBA Offshore Baja National Series will be held
in Galveston, Texas, October 11-12.
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