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Extreme Measurers favourites in 70mph class
The 29’ Formula III Extreme Measures will be among the favourites to take the 70mph F Class when the Carib Great Race takes tomorrow.
The custom-built one-of-a-kind vessel has an aerated hull designed to decrease its resistance through the water and allow for faster acceleration and boat speeds. Powered by two Mercury 225HOP engines, its crew of Jonathan Mouttet (driver) and Jonathan Tardieu (throttleman) will take on a field including Rite Formula, Energiza and Cynisa.
Tardieu, a former member of the Matrix crew, joined Extreme Measures in 2007 and went on to win the 60mph class twice. After upgrading its equipment, the team made the move into the 70mph class last year but did not finish. He insisted he would not be taking the competition lightly.
“We’re going up against some people who are fairly seasoned. They’ve all been racing for years so the competition should be stiff.”
Regardless of the result on Saturday, he said he always cherished the opportunity to take part in the race.
“The Great Race is the biggest event of the year. It’s always exciting and an adrenaline rush. We’d like to continue to add to our eight year legacy and hopefully we will add to that many more times in the future.”
At just 27, Mouttet has already racked up a wealth of experience at the Great Race, having ridden Alien and Candyman three times each and Soul Rebel once. Though he will be driving Extreme Measures for the first time on Saturday, he was confident about coming out on top.
“We’ll be first place all the way,” he said. “We have the fastest boat and best equipment. There’s no other boat like it.”
CARIB GREAT RACE 2014
A Class (130 mph)
Monster, Mr Solo, Paramount
B Class (120 mph)
Fire One, Stampede
C Class (110 mph)
D Class (95 mph)
Sheriff Lobo, Rush, Chris Gone Wilder
E Class (80 mph)
Hero III, White Heat, Elixir, Energiza
F Class (70 mph)
Rite Formulal, Energiza, Extreme Measures, Cynisca
G Class (60 mph)
Matrix Reloaded, Chris Gone Wild, Infusion IV, Wethead, Outcast