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Key West Worlds Finale Race 4: Broadco Comes Through to Win Superboat Class
November 9, 2014
Written by Jason Johnson for SpeedOnTheWater.com
For any of the frontrunners of the Superboat class to be able to take home the world championship ahead of the Broadco team, several things needed to happen during the Super Boat International Key West Offshore World Championships in Key West, Fla. Fortunately for Chuck Broadus and Grant Bruggemann, none of those things happened as the driver and throttleman of Broadco earned the world championship in Broadus' 40-foot MTI by taking first place in Sunday's race.
"We had a great day today—it was definitely a race of attrition," Bruggemann said minutes after returning to the race pits. "Chuck drove a great race and I throttled that thing as hard as I could. We're so happy with the outcome. And you know what? Most people think the MTIs aren't that good in the rough, but that 40-foot MTI is fantastic. Besides a fuel pump problem we had toward the end of the race, we didn't have any problems.
"That was a fun race," he continued. "We had a couple of closely contested laps with WHM Motorsports. They passed us, we passed them and then they passed us again before they had some problems and dropped out."
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November 13, 2014
Team Broadco's Chuck Broaddus (driver) and Grant Bruggemann (throttles) take a 2nd on Wednesday, and the checkered flag on Friday and Sunday to win the 2014 Key West Super Boat International World Championship, Super Boat class.
Team Broadco’s Practical Approach to Winning the World Title
November 14, 2014
Written by Eric Colby for Performance Boats Magazine
Ever since Grant Bruggemann shocked the offshore racing world by ending his eight-year relationship with Team Stihl to join Chuck Broadus in the cockpit of the 40’ MTI, Broadco, he took a systematic approach to improving the performance of the boat and then, more importantly, the team.
“Chuck never applied any pressure to me that we have to win,” said Bruggeman. “I said, ‘Let’s concentrate on our own program and keep testing the boat you have and once we have that, then we work on the team in the boat.’”
The team improved all season, capturing a couple of checkered flags and challenging eventual national champion Stihl in every race, but the approach worked at the 2014 Super Boat International Offshore World Championships when Broadco won the title in the Superboat Class earlier this month in Key West, Fla. After missing just slightly on the boat’s setup and finishing second in the first of three races on Wednesday, November 5, Bruggemann and Broadus showed the team’s and the boat’s capabilities in Friday’s calm conditions and Sunday’s rough-water slugfest, winning both days to take the title in convincing fashion.
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