Wake Effects take lead in 1st day of Florida powerboat race

November 8, 2018

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Offshore powerboat team Wake Effects has taken the lead in the Superboat Unlimited class after the first race day at the Key West World Championship in the Florida Keys.

Driver Rusty Rahm of Olathe, Kansas, and throttleman Jeff Harris of Greenville, North Carolina, took a first-lap lead and maintained it throughout Wednesday’s race, outpacing rivals including two Victory Team boats from Dubai.

Victory 33, throttled by Miami’s John Tomlinson and driven by Salem Ali Aladidi of Dubai, ended the day in second place.

Leading the Superboat class is M Con, driven by Tyson Garvin of Joplin, Missouri, and throttled by Tyler Miller of Wathena, Kansas.

Competitors in the 39-boat fleet, divided into seven classes, are racing again Friday, and then on Sunday with the world championship title on the line.

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