The 10th annual Thunder on Cocoa Beach took place on May 19th, and MTI enjoyed a big win: Pro-Floors came in first place for the Super Cat Race. Throttleman Grant Bruggemann and driver Wayne Valder did an excellent job staying ahead, and MTI is proud of the entire team that made this big win possible. This article from Speedonthewater.com outlines the success of this year’s Cocoa Beach performance boat race.
In what was arguably the finest contest of the day, Race No. 3 featured the five-boat Super Cat class. Though Pro Floors Racing throttleman Grant Bruggemann and driver Wayne Valder held the lead for most of the way in their MTI catamaran, they were under constant attack from Tyler Miller and Tyson Garvin in the M-Con Skater.
But even when Miller and Garvin got close—and they got very close in the later laps—Bruggemann and Valder were able to hold them off by controlling the inside of the course, which in today’s third and fourth races included a dog-leg section before the second turn. Even as the seas grew to three to four feet in Bruggemann’s estimation, they were able to keep their Jon Kasse Racing Engines-powered MTI running and flying with a perfectly level attitude.
“We were maintaining our position without doing anything silly, not kiting the boat and maintaining a good average speed,” Bruggemann said. “Wayne drove a great race. Kasse Racing Engines did a great job. They definitely gave us a lot of usable power.
“Once M-Con got behind us we definitely had to pay attention,” he added. “But thanks to the whole team pulling together, we had a great race and a great result.”
Original article published on speedonthewater.com.