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APR Superleague Season Opener

The 2015 APR Superleague season opener commenced at the inaugural Bradenton Area Riverwalk Regatta.  The Team AMSOIL Formula Two drivers had a short trip south to compete for the checkered flag. At the new Bradenton Florida venue, over 75 thousand fans filled the green bridge and the Riverwalk to witness the AMSOIL teams dominating performance.

The day began much like the last season ended with AMSOIL’s Rob Rinker powering his #30 boat to the front of the pack with the fastest lap in Time Trials earning the pole position in the first heat of racing. When the starter’s flag dropped it was a flash of yellow for the fans of the Bradenton Regatta. The AMSOIL #30 boat of Rob Rinker quickly put space between him and his competitors.  Having nearly a half of a straightaway lead on the next competitor Rob Rinker was determined for victory.

With only a few laps on the books the first heat would have to be stopped as disaster struck the #33 boat of Rob Dinicolantonio and #21 of Jose Mendana. The boats collided exiting turn two. The collision left the #33 boat upside down in the water. Rob Dinicolantonio was uninjured and pulled to safety by rescue.

When the race course was cleared, the boats were lined up again for heat two.  At the drop of the flag Rob Rinker shot the AMSOIL #30 boat to the lead. The #32 boat of Merv Bjork followed close behind. Rob knew this would be a fight for the checkered and skillfully fought to keep the #32 boat behind him.  As the #30 AMSOIL boat rounded the last turn he stretched just enough room to take the checkered and the qualifying heat win.

AMSOIL Team mate and Brother, Ashton Rinker experienced a mishap in the Time Trials forcing him to start last in his first qualifying heat. Not to be out done by his Brother, Ashton fired from the start dock and rounded the first turn in the third position. Wasting no time, Ashton overtook the second place boat and set his sights on the leader. With less than a lap to go the AMSOIL driver made a daring move to the inside and overtook the leader for the victory.

The second heat started with Ashton rounding the first turn in second place. Knowing the second place finish would secure the pole position for the final race, the Team AMSOIL driver settled into the second place position to earn the pole starting position for the final race.

All competitors lined up for the final heat of racing. At the flag drop the #20 AMSOIL driver, Ashton Rinker took the lead. Team mate Rob Rinker came through the first turn in the fifth position and quickly moved up to the third spot on the podium. Rob stayed close to the second place boat until the chance came on lap seven to make the pass putting Team AMSOIL on the top steps of the podium. Only sibling rivalry left the AMSOIL drivers dueled until Rob Rinker passed his Brother for the lead and victory.

The top two finishes put Team AMSOIL on top of the point’s board and in an excellent position to defend their 2014 Series championships.    

Team AMSOIL Formula One Powerboat drivers Finish Strong in Season Opener

La Porte, IN (May 31, 2015) – The Formula One AMSOIL Racing Team made its way to La Porte, Indiana, for the Third Annual Maple City Grand Prix. Team AMSOIL driver Terry Rinker was there to defend his winning streak with a third-straight win. New addition to the race team was Formula Two driver Rob Rinker, stepping into the F1 cockpit for a full season to add a little excitement to the USF1 Series Championship.

The weekend started with Rob Rinker competing in two F1 Rookie races. Rinker wasted no time showing his speed and team AMSOIL dominated the rookie field of drivers by winning both heats.

Next on Saturday's schedule were the time trails, where Rob Rinker was the first AMSOIL driver to set the pace for the field of drivers, laying down a quick time of 40.48 seconds. Rob Rinker held the pole position through 17 drivers until Chris Fairchild hit course and ran a 40.05-second lap. Soon after, Tim Seebold set a fast pace of a 39.07, giving him the pole position. Eight-time USF1 series champion Terry Rinker was last to run. The defending champion set a blistering time of 38.73, giving him the pole position for the heat race. Rob Rinker was able to grab the fourth position in the lineup.

Environmental issues disallowed a start dock and forced the heat races to use a pace-boat start. From the start Team AMSOIL driver Terry Rinker led all 10 laps, giving him the first heat victory, with Rob Rinker finishing fourth.

In heat two Terry Rinker started last, with Rob Rinker in 16th position. From the start of the race Terry Rinker worked his way through the field, passing other drivers immediately. The AMSOIL driver was able to battle his way to second place, chasing closely behind Tim Seebold. Meanwhile Rob Rinker was battling his way through the field of drivers to give him a respectful fifth-place finish in the second heat of competition.

In heat three both Team AMSOIL drivers were at the rear of the start looking to drive through the traffic to the front. A heated battle ensued between Terry Rinker and Tim Seebold, charging through traffic to make it to the top two positions. Meanwhile the number #30 AMSOIL machine powered its way through the traffic to join the party and make it in the fourth position, showing off the driving skills learned while winning several Formula Two Championships.

The final Formula One race was slated for 30 laps. Team AMSOIL driver Terry Rinker earned the second starting position, while Rob Rinker made it to the fourth position. With 22 boats on the starting grid the AMSOIL drivers knew that navigating the lap traffic would be key to a good finish. The battle began and Terry Rinker stayed close to the #16 boat of Tim Seebold, carving through traffic and pulling away from the field. The #30 of Rob Rinker had jumped to the third position until being caught in lap traffic and falling to sixth. When the checkered flag flew the AMSOIL #10 boat was unable to make a pass for the lead, finishing less than three seconds behind the leader, while the #30 had regained two positions to finish fourth.

Team AMSOIL gathered valuable points toward the series championship. The #10 boat of Terry Rinker earned 119 points, only five points away from the lead, while the #30 craft of Rob Rinker gathered 108 points for the third position in the points standings.

Next up for Team AMSOIL is the Bay City River Roar in Bay City, Michigan, June 27-28, 2015.