Granet, Begovich wins Superboat Unlimited title

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) -- Marc Granet and Scott Begovich won the Superboat Unlimited title Sunday in the Key West World Championship offshore powerboat races.

Piloting Miss Geico, Granet, from Boca Raton, and Begovich, from Jupiter, won the final race Sunday after earlier winning and finishing second in two preliminary races.

Granet and Begovich averaged of 110.63 mph for 17 3/4 laps.

''The first few laps were tense and the last five, hoping everything would stay together, were even more tense,'' Begovich said. ''I think I held my breath for the last five.''

Granet said patience and running a conservative race were their keys to victory Sunday.

''Because the race is so long, you have to pace yourself,'' he said. ''This (title) really shows the world what we're capable of.''

Geico almost lapped 2012 class champion Spirit of Qatar, driven by Nasser Al-Attiyah, a Qatari rally car driver and Olympic skeet shooter.

WHM Motorsports, owned and piloted by William Mauff of East Setauket, N.Y., won the Superboat class title after a three-day fight with rival Stihl, driven by Robert Noble of Orlando.

The championship featured 44 registered boats competing in eight classes.