STIHL Offshore Racing Team Starts Season with a Thrilling Finish
One second separates STIHL boat from opponent in first race of the 2011 season
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<st1:city w:st="on"> COCOA BEACH , <st1:state w:st="on">Fla. – The STIHL Offshore racing team kicked off its 2011 season at the Brighthouse Networks Super Boat Grand Prix in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placename w:st="on">Cocoa<st1:placetype w:st="on">Beach on Sunday, May 22. The number 13 STIHL boat came in behind the number 33 Loriblu boat by only three-fourths of a boat length.
The STIHL boat, which was leading the race, began to experience engine problems in the seventh lap, but managed to overcome them. With four laps remaining, the STIHL boat held a 28-second lead. However, the problems with the engine resurfaced and the two boats raced neck and neck as they headed to the finish line. In the final 300 yards, the Loriblu passed the STIHL boat, winning the race.
“This was one of the most thrilling finishes we’ve ever had,” said the STIHL boat owner and driver Bob Noble, Jr. “We both had our share of problems but it made for a finish that fans are still talking about.” Noble is also owner of STIHL distributor STIHL Southeast in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Orlando, <st1:state w:st="on">Fla.
Noble added that he was extremely happy with all of the events leading up to and during the Grand Prix in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placename w:st="on">Cocoa<st1:placetype w:st="on">Beach. “We will definitely go back there again next year,” said Noble.
The STIHL Offshore racing team currently sits in second place in the Super Boat International’s Super Cat standings with 472 points, 51 points behind the Loriblu. The team’s next race is in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Miami on June 5.
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