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Trident is TTPBA 2017 champions

Published: 
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
CHAMPIONS! Kern Coltes (left) and Trevor Sun of Trident were named national overall champions of the TTPBA 2017 season.

It’s almost a shock when going to cover the T&T Powerboat Association’s (TTPBA) awards ceremony, to see the drivers decked off in shirts and dress pants, in contrast to the gear they wear throughout the season. Nevertheless, on Saturday night, in the ballroom of the Queen’s Park Oval, the fraternity gathered to bring down the curtains on what was a challenging but ultimately successful year for the sport.

In each class, the gaps between first and second reflected a season of domination. In the 130mph A Class, Iron Man won the title with 2,021 points. Mr Solo Too came in second with 281 points less while Big Thunder was third with 1,047 points.

Sheriff Lobo also capped off a fine season by winning the 95mph D Class in convincing style. The team was 2,000 points ahead of second placed Bachannal, which finished with 1,030 points. Chris Gone Wilder ended third with 647 points.

In the 80mph E Class, but for the fourth race day, Outlaw had not given Papi Chulo and Heatwave a chance. The team finished on top its class with 2,477 points, well ahead of the bottom two.

Throughout the season, Fire Chief II endured stiff competition from Chris Gone Wild, but in the end the former had done more than enough to win the 70mph F Class ending with a total of 2,340 points. Extreme

Measures followed in Chris Gone Wild in third.

In the 60mph G Class, Trident’s consistency throughout 2017 made them favourites to not only take the class, but also be in contention for the overall championship. That favourites tag turned into triumph as

Trident was, indeed, named the national overall champions of the 2017 powerboat season. Sheriff Lobo was second while Mobil Outlaw was third.

To commemorate the life and contribution of Garth Marshall, the former TTPBA president who died in late September, there was a Garth Marshall award for the best team. It was presented by Pixie Marshall, Garth’s wife, and it went to Mr Solo Too.

Then, Pixie herself received a gift of her own. Photographer Ronald Daniel presented her with, to her surprise, an old portrait of her and Garth. She hid her face from the cameras that snapped and zoomed in.

She was visibly and understandably emotional at a touching moment.

One of the biggest successes of this year’s season was the Tobago boats that took part. Both Powered By God and Limitless impressed throughout the year, and was a welcomed addition to what was once a solely Trinidadian season.

RYAN BACHOO