Cal Phipps trails Jimmy Shane by 220 points in H1 Unlimited High Points chase

SEATTLE, Wash.— When the H1 Unlimited Hydroplane circuit makes its stop in the Emerald City for this weekend’s Albert Lee Appliance Cup (July 31, Aug. 1-2), the 65th annual running of the hydros on Lake Washington will be an extra important race for the 2015 high point chase.

The annual Seafair event will be the second of four national high point races that will be run this year. With only five races scheduled, and the point race in Madison (Ind.) cancelled because of weather conditions, each high point race is much more important this year than in the past.

Now the defending national high point champion Jimmy Shane in the U-1 Oberto is again in the driver’s seat after winning his second straight Gold Cup on Sunday in Kennewick.

Shane won the Gold Cup Trophy when Jean Theoret in the Ellstrom Elam Plus, the fastest Gold Cup qualifier and the apparent winner of the championship final, was disqualified after the heat for encroaching on the DMZ prior to the start of the final heat.

“All these races and especially the heat races are more important than ever,” said Jean Theoret, driver of the Ellstrom Elam Plus. “You can score more points in the heat racing than you can in the final.

“With only four-point races this year so every race is going to be very, very important,” added Theoret. “It is very important to run ever heat hard, finish every race and don’t make mistakes than you have a chance.”

“Our team knows we have plenty of work to do before we race in Seattle,” said Shane. “Theoret has the fastest boat and Kelly (in the U-5 Graham Trucking) is right there too.”

This H1 Unlimited hydroplane race is one of the longest running sporting events in Seattle, and it is one of the one of the most popular events of Seafair – the city’s month-long summer festival. The big boats will test and qualify on Friday with racing both Saturday and Sunday.

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