Torrente Wins Regatta Formula 1 Race

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Shaun Torrente had a bad feeling at the start of the Formula 1 ChampBoat Series races Friday at the Three Rivers Regatta. By accidentally cutting one of his crew members' hands with his boat and running over a buoy before the heat races even started, he figured he was jinxed for the day.

So much for bad feelings.

Torrente won his third tour race in a row -- out of three this season -- as he led from start to finish in the 50-lap final, which was held on the Allegheny River between Downtown and the North Shore.

"Today, the victory wasn't on me, it was my team," Torrente said. "I made a few mistakes today, and because of the team, I was able to keep out front. We had a bad morning, and then it just started coming together."

On his first qualifying lap of the day, the tour's points leader ran over a buoy, which disqualified the lap's time and fined him an unspecified amount for the cost of the buoy.

Still, he managed to salvage the third-place position for the following heat races. After the two 10-lap heats, Torrente won a three-way tie by having the best average time over the races to take the pole.

"When I heard we were on the pole, I said, 'I can't believe it. We pulled that out of nowhere,' " the Miami native said.

Once the final began, Torrente jumped out to a sizable lead in the first 10 laps. The margin between his boat and the second-place finisher Tim Seebold began to widen considerably over the remainder of the race. …