Valder Wins US1

Barry 2019-10-21

After a competitive season that covered six races across the U.S. East Coast, Kiwi Wayne Valder has come away with the coveted 2019 US1 title.

With the US1 title, he is the only driver in history to have won an offshore championship in three separate countries, having already secured the NZ1 and AUS1 championships previously. The US1 was a fitting reward for a few years of trying and with breakdowns, flips and boat issues in the past denying him of the U.S. championship, he decided to go back and give it another go.

The season has seen several wins and podium places which have kept the Kiwi/U.S. team at the front of the championship all season. The final victory at the last round in Ft Myers Beach Roar Offshore was the clincher. 

Wayne and throttleman Grant Bruggemann have put together a fantastic season of consistency and didn’t do it easily. Upwards of seven boats raced the USA Superboat class and all with identical twin 750hp power. Driving a 44ft MTI, Wayne and Grant showed superior pace in many races and proved the team to beat.

“We had an awesome final race at Ft Myers, and it was a great way to finish the season,” Bruggemann said. 

Pro Floors now moves on for the World Championship races at Key West, Florida, Nov 6-10.

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