After a successful debut last season on the USF1 Formula 1Powerboat Tour, Kelowna’s Mike McLellan is back for a second season at the top tier of outboard boat racing in North America.
After a hull failure in testing last August, McLellan is eager to get back in the water and get up to speed for round one May 29 to 31 in La Porte, Indiana.
“The hull issue was a blessing in disguise,” said McLellan. “In the course of fixing that we made a number of improvements to the hull and overall performance to the boat that will hopefully help us improve on our final standing of 12th in North America last season.”
McLellan is back with many improvements to the Seebold Hull and Mercury Power that he campaigned last season but with some new sponsors for the upcoming season.
Autoplace on Springfield Avenue in Kelowna is the title sponsor.
“Having a multi-year deal means that we have stability and the ability to grow and make the team more competitive in the coming years,” said driver Mike McLellan.
McLellan is also happy about securing Ultra Shine n Seal as a major sponsor for the coming season.
“Ultra Shine is proud to support a Kelowna based team that can show case our product on a North American stage,” said Doug Burtch, President of Ultra Shine n Seal.
Fans will have a chance to see the new look Autoplace, Ultra Shine Formula 1 boat at the Kelowna Floating Boat Show this weekend at the Kelowna Yacht Club.