Jimmy Shane had been back in the US less than a week after capturing the 2013 Oryx Cup in Doha, Qatar when it was off to the airport for another flight half-way around the world to accept the trophy for the 2012 UIM World Championship which he won a month earlier in the first of two consecutive wins in Doha.
“The whole trip was an incredible experience,” said Shane. “Monaco is like a movie. There are more Bentleys than Fords or Chevys and everything is done first class. The UIM functions were all very well done and we got VIP treatment from the time we landed until we got back on the plane. I want to thank the UIM for making it such a great experience.”
The prestigious Salle d’Or of the Fairmont Monte Carlo Hotel in Monaco was the scene of the annual UIM Gala which honored 2012 World Champions in many classes of boat racing from several UIM sanctioned governing bodies representing many countries and several continents.
Dr. Raffaele Chiulli, UIM President said: “We are very pleased to bring together our World Champions to receive their well deserved honours and such a highly prestigious attendance. We have guests from all over the world and also from several international sport federations which brought along their role-model Champions”.
For Shane, accepting one of the most prestigious awards in all of boat racing put an explanation mark on an incredible season which saw him surpass all expectations in his first full-time ride on the H1 tour.
Shane had limited previous experience as a backup and replacement driver for Ted Porter’s Precision Performance Race Team, but drove like a veteran when given the opportunity to drive the 5 Graham Trucking on the entire 2012 circuit.
After showing promise in qualifying and heat racing in the first two events of 2012, Shane scored an eye opening win in the Tri-Cities Columbia Cup in late July and was a front runner the remainder of the season.
The Unlimited Fleet arrived in Doha for the January running of the 2012 Oryx Cup UIM World Championship with Shane still in contention for the season high points championship.
Shane held off eventual season champ Steve David in the Oh Boy! Oberto to win an exciting final heat and take the 2012 Oryx Cup UIM World Championship and secure an impressive second place to David in season high points.
A few weeks later, Shane returned to Doha and found himself atop the podium with a victory in the 2013 Oryx Cup UIM World Championship. That win will mean another trip to Monaco when the UIM presents the 2013 awards in February of 2014.
Shane looks forward to returning adding, “It’s great to know we will be repeating this incredible experience.”