Motul Monster overcame the challenges of a blown outdrive early last week to a fast-dropping oil pressure during Saturday's running of the T&T International Great Race, to claimed the overall win and topped the 130 mph class in the daring drive from Trinidad to the sister isle of Tobago for a second consecutive time.
Driver Joey Sabeeney said challenges like those tend to make victory sweeter.
Mr Solo Too, the 18-time winner of the event and the lone competitor to Monster yesterday, did not finish the race as it broke down in Gasparee Islands and did not reach Tobago.
The 46-foot Skater, driven by Joey Sabeeney with throttleman Peter Peake and navigators Daniel Peake and Joshua Sabeeney in control, entered Tobago waters first in a fast time of one hour and 10 minutes as they crossed the finish line, which proved to be satisfactory for Sabeeney (Joey) but still, a far cry from their world record time of 47 minutes and 43 seconds they recorded back 2018.
Sabeeney said he believes that record will never be broken.
It took more than just speed though for Motul Monster to receive the win. Despite their flying start to the race, Sabeeney said the conditions were not as rough as expected but a fast dropping oil pressure had them uncertain of whether they would finish the race.
"This was a very special win, we had a couple of things against us. We blew an outdrive on Monday while testing which is not something that can be repaired, but the Pollonais brothers, Jason and Scott, were very kind to lend us an outdrive off of one of their race boats as they were not racing this year, and we got the boat back up and running."
"After Shodo going up the north coast, we started to experience low oil pressure and we suddenly got a little smoke in the canopy which was a little scary but we managed to make it to Tobago. The oil pressure just kept on dropping and dropping."
"The conditions in the gulf were a little choppy. The condition in the Boca was a bit calm, I was surprised but as we made progress up the north coast after Maracas, the water started to get rough. There was water from every angle, from every direction, three feet, two feet, four feet with white caps here and there. And coming across the shallows wasn't too bad either, but at that point, we just wanted to reach Tobago because the oil pressure kept on dropping and we started to wonder if we would make it."
Limitless, the 60 mph class campaigner that made it to Tobago first in 2021, was again the winner of its class, finishing ahead of Bowen and Timeless.
Meanwhile, Extreme Measures also had lots to cheer about, after an accident two weeks ago threatened to keep them on the sidelines.
Instead, the team was second behind Ketch This, while Ironman claimed the win in the 120mph class, being the lone competitor.
G1 Class: 1 Fire chief
G2 class: 1st Loco Xpress
60mph class: 1 Limitless, 2 Bowen, 3 Timeless
70mph: 1 Ketch This, 2 Extreme Measures
80mph: 1 Mobil Outlaw