NEW ROADS, La. — Tim Seebold roared past Greg Foster with an outside pass on the second lap and held on for the final 48 laps to win the first event of the new ChampBoat Series presented by Mercury Racing. The June 9 race was the series' inagural event.

Seebold, of Osage Beach, Mo., led Foster by ten seconds at the finish in The Advocate?s False River Powerboat Championships.

Seebold and his Bud Light Racing Team were the fast qualifiers in the outboard Champ class on Saturday but had a tough time during qualifying heats. A fuel pump solenoid failure in one of the heats relegated him to the fifth starting position for Sunday?s 50-lap final.

Terry Rinker of Riverview, Fla., started the Champ boat final on the pole, but Jason Campbell of Chandler, Ariz., grabbed the lead at the start. The move was popular with the local fans, since team owner Rusty Lamb is based in nearby Lafayette, La. But the next time the boats came around to the front straight, Campbell?s boat stopped running due to a piston failure and he coasted to a stop.

That turned the lead over to the Sherwin Williams boat of Foster, from Orange, Calif., but he, too, led only one lap. When the boats again swept past the front straight, Seebold?s Mercury engine powered him past Foster on the outside to claim the lead.

Seebold eventually stretched his lead to more than 10 seconds. After the race he said he did not think that was enough to be called a comfortable lead. "I didn?t want to get caught in traffic and then find out Foster was right behind me again. Whenever Greg Foster is behind you, you run scared," he said.

Foster and Rinker settled into second and third spots, but another local favorite, Max Toler of Baton Rouge, kept the heat on the Rinker Boats machine and finally made a pass for the third spot on lap 46. Toler and the race are sponsored by the Baton Rouge Advocate newspaper.