SAN DIEGO, CALIF. (Sept. 15, 2017) –Miss HomeStreet’s Jimmy Shane was the fastest qualifier Friday at the HomeStreet Bank San Diego Bayfair on Mission Bay, posting the top qualifying speed of 162.739 mph.
The day’s second-fastest qualifier was Andrew Tate in the U-9 Realtrac/Delta Gear boat laying down a 159.988 mph lap speed on the 2.5-mile saltwater course. Qualifying third was J. Michael Kelly in the Graham Trucking Boat.
“Our whole goal this weekend is a national championship,” said Miss HomeStreet Bank’s Shane. “With the format this weekend every race counts and we have to bring our best.”
The national points race going into HomeStreet Bank San Diego Bayfair was unusually close for the final race of the season. Just 279 separate Shane and Tate, who have been doing battle all summer long on the H1 Unlimited tour.
“Every heat is a final,” Tate said. “As a competitor it’s an ideal situation because you’re going up against the best every time you’re out there.”
Qualifying fourth was Tom Thompson in Reliable Diamond Tool/J&D’s Hydraulic.
Heat racing continues Saturday on Mission Bay with two five-boat heats and the final is slated for Sunday afternoon for the Bill Muncey Cup presented by HomeStreet Bank.
Tickets to HomeStreet Bank Bayfair on San Diego’s Mission Bay can be purchased at the gate or online at www.sandiegobayfair.org.
ABOUT H1 UNLIMITED HYDROPLANES: H1 Unlimited hydroplanes (www.H1Unlimited.com) is a non-profit founded in 2009 as a category of the American Power Boat Association (APBA). The APBA sanctions powerboat races in a number of different categories in the U.S. including the H1 Unlimited hydroplane category. H1 Unlimited hydroplanes are custom-type powerboats used exclusively for racing with minimum restrictions. The unlimited hydroplane category has raced for over 100 years and is known as the “world’s fastest powerboats,” and H1 Unlimited hydroplane series is headquartered in Seattle, Wash.
About HomeStreet Bank presents San Diego Bayfair: This year marks the 53nd year of Bayfair on Mission Bay. Thunderboats Inc. is a nonprofit organization to promote powerboat racing in San Diego and tourism in the beach area. Bayfair is funded in part by the San Diego Tourism Marketing District Corporation with City of San Diego Tourism Marketing District Assessment Funds. For more information, visit Bayfair’s website www.sandiegobayfair.org or social media pages Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.