Bay City, MI (June 26) – Mother nature was testing F1 ChampBoat teams for the 30th running of the Bay City Grand Prix, but it was Terry Rinker who tamed the unpredictable weather and earned the top finishing spot. Pole sitter, Greg Foster, fought Chris Fairchild and took second place after battling Fairchild lap after lap. Foster, maybe not happy with the final outcome, put on a great show on the heels of Rinker throughout the day.
After a last minute decision by IOGP and mother nature coming back for more rounds of rain, it was decided to cut the race to 30 laps from the original scheduled 50 lap event. With Rinker taking the lead on the hole shot, it took 12 laps for the red flag to come out with a boat off plane in the center of the course. After a smooth second restart and the sun appearing after days of rain showers, Rinker put on a show for the fans of Bay City.
Along the Saginaw River fans who battled the weather, experienced a great event and one of the best fought for many years. “I’m really happy with the race teams and our staff who made this race a successful event. We all believe it was one of the best events that has taken place over the years,” comments Mike Schriefer, Owner International Outboard Grand Prix (IOGP).
For IOGP taking over the 30th Annual event, Schriefer added, “I hope to be back and work with all the great people involved this year. We appreciate the efforts from the local group and look forward to next year.
The next race for IOGP is Three Rivers Regatta, August 4-6th, Pittsburgh PA.