August 13, 2017

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Billy Mauff signals he's No.1 after navigating the WMH team to victory last Sunday during the ninth annual Great Lakes Grand Prix in Michigan City, Ind.

Provided photo Billy Mauff signals he's No.1 after navigating the WMH team to victory last Sunday during the ninth annual Great Lakes Grand Prix in Michigan City, Ind.

In commanding form, Team WHM Motorsports won the ninth annual Great Lakes Grand Prix as predictions for likely storms were thwarted with calm and sunny conditions during Superboat International’s third leg of the four-race National series last Sunday in Michigan City, Ind. The weekend started out with rain and wind brining rough conditions, but unusual cold temperatures gave way to a picture-perfect day of racing.

“It really was a great event and such a good turn out in the city and on the beaches,” said Executive Directory of LaPorte County CVB Jack Arnett. “We just have a lot of support.”

Team WHM Motorsports held off Performance Boat Center and a trailing Team STIHL in the Superboat Class for a green-to-checkered finish in front of a capacity crowd in Washington Park and the shoreline of Lake Michigan. With a great setup and calmer water conditions than previous days, Team WHM ran a fast race that outpaced their competitors.

Team Wake Effects, in the Superboat Unlimited class, excited the crowds as they ran uncontested to take the victory and show off their speed of a nearly unmatched  MTI cat. Rusty Rahm and Jeff Harris focused on running great lap speeds and quality turns to continue to improve their year-long relationship in the boat.

The Outerlimits was the first to the checkered in the Superboat Extreme class, ending the AMH Construction Instigator’s first-place streak. FJ Propeller took top honors in the Superboat Stock class while, LSB Hurricane of Awesomeness held off Boatfloater.com and Mr. Technology in Superboat Vee. In the speed-regulated production classes, it would be 2nd Amendment that finished first in P3 and Team Allen Lawn Care in P4.

“We are very proud to be a part of the success this event has had and excited to see it continue to grow over the years,” said SBI president and founder John Carbonell, as the 2017 national series will conclude at the ninth annual Clearwater Super Boat National Championship on Sept. 30 through Oct. 1. “It appeared to be a record crowd on the parade route and attendance along the beaches. We are very pleased with our partnership with the city of Michigan City, and Mayor Ron Meers, for all they have done. This has become a marquee event that the racers love to come to along with our Super Boat team.”